Founder - Corday & Hartney, PLC

Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law

Chrissa N. Corday founded Corday & Hartney, PLC in 1997 after years of a successful practice focusing on public works construction law, construction remedies and surety law. While she continues in those fields, her practice now mainly concentrates on trusts & estates. Her hands-on and practical approach has served clients both large and small, public and private.  Ms. Corday is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

A rare native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ms. Corday moved to San Diego to attend law school and never left. She loves to travel, but when at home, her favorite pastimes are cooking and eating, not necessarily in that order. Although there is usually not enough time in the day, you may often find her at her local golf course. 

Ms. Corday is proud to have been selected TOP LAWYER IN SAN DIEGO (March 2013 and 2014) as published in San Diego Magazine.

Ms. Corday was selected BEST OF THE BEST by the San Diego Business Journal.  You can read her selection at

Ms. Corday is honored to have been selected again as a TOP LAWYER IN SAN DIEGO (March 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) as published in San Diego Magazine.

Areas of Practice: 

Estate Planning, Trusts & Wills, and Probate (Decedent Administration)

Bar Admissions: 

State Bar of California | 1986

Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law


University of San Diego, School of Law, Juris Doctor | 1986

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) | 1983
honored as Most Distinguished Real Estate Student

Affiliations & Memberships: 

Member, Citizen’s Oversight Committee
Poway Unified School District Prop U and Prop C | 2003 - 2010

Member, San Diego County Bar Association
(Estate Planning and Construction Law Sections) | 1986 - present

Member, USD School of Law Alumni Association | 1986 - present

Member, Arizona State University Alumni Association | 1983 - present

Chair, Citizen’s Oversight Committee
Poway Unified School District Prop U | 2008

Poway Unified School District:
Superintendent’s Educational and Facilities Advisory Committee | 2006

Delegate to San Diego County Bar | 2004

Co-Chair of the Construction Law Section of County Bar | 2001 - 2002

Member, San Diego International Airport Dispute Advisory Panel | 2011 - 2013

Member, Rady Children's Hospital Estates and Trusts Council | 2013- Present

Personal Motto: 

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde