Christopher Der Manuelian graduated from Santa Clara University in 1987 with both a law degree and an MBA. He worked as an insurance defense attorney in San Francisco and San Jose until 1997 when he opened his own practice representing people injured in accidents. He has handled all manner of personal injury cases spanning motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, defective products and medical malpractice. His unique experience working for insurance companies afforded him intimate familiarity with the insurance claims process. He personally knows many of the claims adjusters in charge of handling claims for insurance companies, and this knowledge opened doors to settlement that were closed to most other attorneys.