CHRISTINA M. HARNEY
Associate Attorney of Bechtel Santo & Severn
Christina Harney graduated summa cum laude with a focus on English literature from Arizona State University. During her undergraduate degree she worked full time in healthcare focusing on medical billing and healthcare administration. She went on to earn her law degree at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, where she served on the Law Journal. In law school, Christina received a coveted internship with the Washington Attorney General’s Office, where she obtained a limited license to practice law and litigated cases in the areas of child welfare and adult protection. She was promoted to the lead intern after the first year of her internship.
After graduation, Christina practiced for some time in the area of bankruptcy law. She assisted organizations with full liquidation after the 2008 market downturn. Wanting to get back into healthcare, Christina left the law for six years to work in managerial roles for large healthcare organizations. She worked as a senior manager of a critical access hospital for three years. She went on to obtain leadership positions at larger medical organizations. During this time, she became a certified expert in employee benefits and compensation, employment law, and human resource information systems to include enterprise resource planning software. She also became knowledgeable in standard procedures for healthcare organizations and all areas of healthcare law. Ms. Harney has extensive experience negotiating and resolving disputes in a corporate setting. She also has extensive experience training groups in complex areas of law.
Christina moved to the Western Slope four years ago and has been practicing law as a general litigator. She has argued cases in almost every area of law in state and federal court and in administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Labor. She has managed litigation in the areas of contract disputes, employment-law disputes, estate disputes, divorces and child custody matters. Christina has also drafted contracts, employee benefit plans, employee handbooks, and estate planning documents in this practice. Christina is licensed to practice law in Arizona and Colorado.