(916) 443-2051

Practice Areas:
Eminent Domain
Inverse Condemnation
Real Property
Civil Trial

Eastern District
Ninth Circuit

Member Of:
Sacramento and Fresno County Bar Associations

State Bar of California

Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association

Condemnation Attorneys Group

Women Lawyers of Sacramento

California Conference of Bar Associations

Soroptimist International of Sacramento

Gold Country Brewers Association

Santa Clara, CA

J.D. (2008)
University of California Hastings College of Law

B.A. (2005)
University of California Santa Barbara

Kristen Ditlevsen Renfro


Kristen Ditlevsen Renfro is a senior associate at DNLC. She primarily practices in the fields of eminent domain and real property. She has also represented clients in a range of contract disputes and collection matters, and in general civil and bankruptcy-related litigation. She has trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts throughout Northern California and the Central and San Joaquin Valleys.

Ms. Renfro specializes in direct and inverse condemnation matters. She represents clients in total and partial taking cases, pursuing right to take challenges when appropriate, and negotiating and litigating disputes concerning property valuation, severance damages, damages for loss of business goodwill, personal and business relocation benefits, and related matters. She has represented owners in actions by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority, and Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency for levee improvement projects, Caltrans and various counties and transportation agencies for road and highway projects, SMUD and PG&E for utility line relocations, two school districts for facility construction, and other local and state agencies for a variety of public projects.


Ms. Renfro received her undergraduate degree in Sociology, with a Minor in Professional Writing, from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she graduated in 2005. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2008 and was admitted to the State Bar of California the same year. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to joining DNLC, Ms. Renfro served as an extern to Federal District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, was a teaching assistant in the Hastings Legal Writing & Research Department, and clerked for the Berkeley City Attorney’s Office. She also participated in the Hastings Moot Court program as a member of the Moot Court Board and student coach and participant, receiving awards for written and oral appellate advocacy in the Pepperdine Entertainment Law and INTA Saul Lefkowitz competitions.


Ms. Renfro has been a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and State Bar of California since being admitted to practice in 2008. In recent years, she has also obtained membership in the Fresno County Bar Association and professional organizations Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, and the Condemnation Attorneys Group. Additionally, Ms. Renfro is an active participant in the non-profit legislative group California Conference of Bar Associations, service organization Soroptimist International of Sacramento, and educational and social organization Gold Country Brewers Association.