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Christopher Declue

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Christopher J. DeClue is a Senior Associate at Reyes & Associates, P.C. Chris’s practice focuses on ensuring, preserving, and enforcing rights that the law affords to employees.  Chris dedicates the majority of efforts assisting employees with discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation claims, Labor Code claims, whistleblower claims, wrongful discharge claims, and other various employee claims that are the unfortunate result of workplace disputes.  Chris is also lead counsel in Reyes & Associates’ appellate division, and he has successfully briefed and argued several appellate cases, two of which were published. 

Prior to joining the Reyes & Associates team, Chris practiced in the mortgage and lending arena.  During that time, Chris pioneered the utilization of the 2013 Homeowner’s Bill of Rights.

Chris received his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Southwestern Law School in 2011.  At Southwestern, Chris was an editor for the Southwestern Law Review, a board member of Southwestern’s elite Trial Advocacy Honors Program, and President of the Student Bar Association.  Chris was also awarded the CALI Excellence Award in Criminal Law, Criminal Law Theory, and Labor Law - Employment Discrimination and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Criminal Law Theory and Constitutional Law I and II. Chris received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, in 2006.  During his undergraduate studies, Chris was heavily involved in competitive speech and debate, and he received gold and silver medals in various events at both the State and National levels.   

Published Cases

  • Prue v. Brady Company/San Diego, Inc., 242 Cal.App.4th 1367, 1376 (2015).

  • Sarkizi v. Graham Packaging Co., No. 1:13–CV–1435, 2014 WL 6090417 (E.D. Cal. Nov. 12, 2014).


  • Christopher J. DeClue, Sugarcoating the Eighth Amendment: The Grossly Disproportionate Test is Simply the Fourteenth Amendment Rational-Basis Test in Disguise, 41 S.W. L. Rev. 533 (2012)


  • Julie L, Torti, Accounting for Punishment in Proportionality Review, N.Y.U.  L. Rev. 1908 (2014);

  • Bidish J. Sarma and Sophie Cull, The Emerging Eighth Amendment Consensus Against Life Without Parole Sentences for Nonviolent Offenses, 66 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 525, 558 (2015)

  • The American Law Report, 78 A.L.R. Fed. 2d 1 (2013);

  • Prof. J. Kelley Strader, Lawrence’s Criminal Law, 16 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 41 (2010);

  • Prof. J. Kelley Strader, Understanding White Collar Crime, App., xii (LexisNexis 3d. 2011.

Personal Interests
Chris’s dedication as an attorney and counselor is matched only by his dedication his wife and their two daughters. Chris is an extremely passionate fan of the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers and an avid surfer and cyclist. 

Bar Admissions

  • State of California

  • United States District Court, Central District

  • United States District Court, Eastern District

  • United States District Court, Northern District

  • United States District Court, Southern District


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Labor & Employment Section, State Bar of California

  • Criminal Law Section, State Bar of California

  • American Bar Association

Christopher Declue is an active member of
The State Bar of California, which affords attorneys the right and privilege of practicing law in this state.
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