Christine Dunn

Christine Dunn
Senior Litigation Counsel

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Christine Dunn is Co-Chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group and a Senior Litigation Counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters, including criminal/sexual violence cases, whistleblower/qui tam matters, and employment discrimination actions.

Thank you! Words don’t really express my deep gratitude. I can finally move on with my life and be done with this burden. A Former Client

Navigating a sexual abuse case against a well-endowed private school, I was fortunate to have Christine Dunn and David Sanford in my corner to determine the facts of my case, discuss possible strategies, and gather all the facts. If you are a survivor, you know this an emotional and brave journey that requires a great deal of support, time and resolve. Throughout my intense 10-month journey during the COVID-19 pandemic, the team at Sanford Heisler was available to guide me along the way, and was supportive of my experience. In the end, we came to a resolution. I was blind to the law, but my dedicated and knowledgeable team at this amazing law firm showed me the light and gave me power. Without hesitation I recommend Christine Dunn, Sophie Tohl and David Sanford, who will vigorously represent you as they fight for justice. In my experience, the team at Sanford Heisler Sharp know how to solve for the best possible outcomes.A Former Client

Christine Dunn is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland, and a Co-Chair of the firm’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from Yale University.

Ms. Dunn’s practice involves a range of matters, including criminal/sexual violence cases, whistleblower/qui tam matters, and employment discrimination actions.

Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Ms. Dunn clerked for the Honorable Michael Farrell of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. After her clerkship, she joined Williams & Connolly LLP as an Associate where she litigated matters involving class action, sexual abuse, accounting fraud, defamation, medical malpractice, contract dispute, and white-collar criminal defense. Ms. Dunn then worked for six years at the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

At the Department of Justice, Ms. Dunn prosecuted federal civil rights crimes involving official and police misconduct, racially motivated violence, and human trafficking, including sex trafficking. She also conducted extensive grand jury investigations and jury trials throughout the United States and made numerous presentations to law enforcement agencies on civil rights issues. Many of Ms. Dunn’s official and police misconduct prosecutions involved allegations of sexual violence. One of her most significant cases was the successful conviction of a District Attorney for sexually abusing young men assigned to a misdemeanor diversion program. Ms. Dunn also completed a detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia where she appeared in court on a daily basis to handle a variety of criminal matters.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., Yale University, 1995


  • Honorable Michael Farrell, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia

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