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Close-up: Christina Denning

Higgs Fletcher & Mack partner finds rewards outside of courtroom

The words and actions of Christina Rimkus Denning have a lasting effect. She gives her legal expertise to those who are in need and also volunteers her time to help those who need a role model.

Denning is a partner at the law firm Higgs Fletcher & Mack and a big sister at the nonprofit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.

She said the most rewarding thing that has happened to her in the last year was being chosen as a big sister and matched up with a 9-year-old girl, four months ago.

“I meet with her every other week,” Denning said. “We go to the park, play with my dog, go to the movies. I wanted to be a big sister. I think it’s more rewarding for me than her.”

Denning has been involved with and donated money to the organization for the last six years.

She said she got involved with the nonprofit because she loves children and feels it’s important to give back.

“I had a very approachable aunt that was 10 years older than me,” Denning explained, “that I felt I can talk to about anything, even more than my parents. I want to have a positive impact on children. It’s rewarding to me.”

Denning has a one-year commitment with her little sister, but said she will be there for her little sister “as long as she wants and needs me.”

Denning also volunteers her time with organizations and associations like the National Association of Women in Construction San Diego chapter, where she is chair of the continuing education committee; the Helen Woodward Animal Center; and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

In the last year, she also helped create a peer advisory group program with 6 Degrees San Diego, a business networking group. Her program brings executives together every two weeks for two hours to help one another solve business issues.

In the last 14 months, Denning has also been named a partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack. She is now able to build her own practice and has expanded her services to construction law, to go along with business litigation, plaintiff litigation, and tort and insurance litigation.

“I’m responsible for generating my own clients and keeping them happy and bringing in my own work,” Denning said.

She recently obtained her Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) certification, in order to further her understanding of her construction clients’ needs.

“The biggest challenge really is time management,” she said. “There are so many things I want to do.”

She even found time to help a friend pro bono, after she was attacked during a blackout.

“I wanted to see that justice was done,” Denning said, who is originally from St. Louis. “I was very proud to hold her hand.”

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