Biography

Chris maintains a diverse casualty litigation practice with an emphasis on defending general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, structural, moisture intrusion, and workplace safety issues.  Chris also represents companies and individuals in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, negligence, intentional torts, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, and products liability.  In addition to his casualty experience, Chris represents various business operations in a broad range of commercial disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of fire suppression system installation company on construction defect claim in Tarrant County, Texas.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of product supplier and installer on construction defect claim in Tarrant County, Texas.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of framing contractor on construction defect claim in Denton County, Texas.
  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of national furniture rental chain on negligence/assault claim in Grayson County, Texas.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national movie theatre chain on personal injury claim brought by customer in Dallas County, Texas.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of local auto body shop on personal injury claim brought by former worker in Dallas County, Texas.
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of restaurant in negligence lawsuit arising from automobile accident in Bexar County, Texas
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of company that sells motorized wheelchairs on personal injury claim brought by customer.
  • Negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of numerous clients in matters involving property damage and personal injury.
  • Advise insurers in connection with enforceability of various contractual provisions, including indemnity and limitation of liability provisions

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law  (J.D., 2010)
    • St. Mary's Law Journal, Executive Board-Comment Editor
  • Hardin-Simmons University  (B.S., 2006)
    • cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2010

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern, Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named a 2016-2021 Super Lawyer - Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly.

Firm Highlights

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Thompson Coe Attorneys Argue Before the Texas Supreme Court

Experience

Thompson Coe Obtains Texas Supreme Court Victory in Shooting Accident Suit

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The COVID-19 Vaccine Part 2

The golden question: can you mandate the COVID-19 vaccine? EEOC has now given guidance surrounding vaccines in the workplace. Join Kevin Mosher and repeat guest, Stephanie Rojo from the Thompson Coe Austin office talk...

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The 2020 HR Recap

We’ve made it to the recap episode! The good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between. Join Kevin and Elaine (Lainey) Luthens as they discuss it all including FFCRA legislation, OSHA, what they...

Experience

Claims Handling & Litigation: 2021 Freeze and Power Outage Catastrophe

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Thompson Coe Partner Gary Pate Wins Complete Defense Verdict in Bench Trial Involving Real Estate Dispute

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Concurrent Causation Is Key In Texas Storm Insurance Suits

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which ran from June 1 to Nov. 30, was a record-setting year according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.[1] The season produced 30 named storms, including 13 hurricanes...

Experience

COVID-19 Response Team - Resources and Updates

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Thompson Coe Among Most Active Insurance Litigation Firms in the US, Study finds.

Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons was named among the most active law firms for insurance litigation over the past three years, according to LexMachina’s 2021 Insurance Report. Other firms identified in the report include...

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Recruiting in 2021

What is Robert Half’s process? How do they make sure that you get the best candidate for the role? Join Kevin and Andrew McNaughtan, Director of Legal Permanent Placement from Robert Half, talk about the candidate...