Christopher Newton’s law practice focuses on trust and estate planning, trust and probate administration, business planning & entity formation, and transactional real estate. He has represented clients in the planning and completion of their personal estate plans which are designed to carry out their wishes during life and after. He has worked and planned with business owners to develop and implement legal documents and has created and formed numerous business entities to expand business operations and to provide personal asset protection for the owners. In the real estate area, he frequently represents clients while they are engaged in residential and commercial purchases and leasing and assists them in developing and reviewing contracts and other legal documents to protect their rights and interests.
Christopher Newton brings a variety of prior business, financial, and tax knowledge & experience to his law practice. After earning a BS in Business Administration at California State University Los Angeles and an MBA degree from the University of Southern California, he rose to the executive levels at Getty Oil Company and served as Planning Manager of Natural Resources. His career in the energy industry spanned two decades and focused on planning, finances, and taxation. In addition to being an attorney at law, he is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker who managed a large real estate office in the Los Angeles metropolitan area for a major U.S. real estate firm.
Christopher and his wife Marie reside in La Jolla where he is an active member of his Rotary Club and has been a leader in the local legal community as Past President of the La Jolla Bar Association. He has had a number of articles published on estate planning and real estate. Chris and his wife have two sons and a grandchild. He enjoys family, golf, tennis, reading, and travel.
Laurie Gilbert is a paralegal specializing in estate planning, trust administration and probate practice. She works closely with Christopher and his clients, drafting estate planning documents and probate pleadings, and handling calendaring and other client services. Laurie comes to Christopher W. Newton APLC from the law offices of Lawrence Oleksiewicz in Los Angeles where she also worked in estate planning and probate practice.
Laurie received her paralegal certification in 2004 from the University of West Los Angeles where she graduated summa cum laude. She holds a BA in History from Rutgers University. Prior to her legal career, Laurie was a television production Associate Director and worked for major production companies on such TV shows as “The Cosby Show” and "Grace Under Fire." She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and is also a classically trained musician. Laurie enjoys travel, gardening and caring for an assorted family of dogs and cats.