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Christopher A. Tribolet

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Chris Tribolet

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San Francisco, CA 94111
Main: (415) 438-4600, ext. 250
Fax: (415) 438-4601



Chris Tribolet joined CWL in 2017 and became a Partner in 2019.  Prior to practicing with CWL, Chris served in the United States Coast Guard.  His career included sea duty as a deck watch officer and land-based assignments as a commercial vessel inspector, a marine casualty investigator, pollution response officer, as well as representing the Coast Guard in merchant mariner license “suspension and revocation” actions.

Following law school, Chris served as a duty attorney for operational, marine safety, and pollution matters.  From 2008 until 2010, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco.  Later assignments included serving as the chief of the law section at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and leading the Coast Guard’s largest field legal office in Alameda, California.  He retired as a Coast Guard commander shortly before joining the maritime and litigation practice at CWL.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Administrative Investigations
  • Marine Casualty and Pollution Response
  • Maritime, Construction & Environmental Law


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2006)
  • B.S., United States Coast Guard Academy (1997)

Memberships & Admissions

  • Licensed by the California Bar.  Certified by the Judge Advocate General to try and defend courts-martial.  Admitted to the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all California courts.
  • Member of the American Bar Association.
  • Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.