With over thirty years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, Chris is a highly sought-after defense attorney and legal problem solver, relied on by his clients in a broad spectrum of federal and state actions.
Having tried more than 80 cases to verdict, Chris is a trusted advisor to his clients when the stakes are at their highest. His practice focuses on high-profile white collar criminal defense, sensitive corporate investigations, and complex civil cases. Chris has obtained acquittals and dismissals for numerous clients involved in criminal and civil litigation, both in state and federal court in Texas and across the United States.
His clients have included executives accused of crimes in both the Enron and Stanford Financial scandals; energy traders accused of manipulating the price of natural gas; defendants in the largest-ever internet gambling prosecution; and several prominent Mexican citizens fighting extradition on politically motivated charges brought by the administration of former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Chris started his legal career as an intern with the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration, and then spent two years as a prosecutor with the Harris County Assistant District Attorney’s Office. He left the DA’s office to work with famed Houston criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, quickly establishing a reputation as a winning trial attorney, trying more than 25 federal jury cases across the United States over the next decade. Prior to joining Orrick, Chris practiced with his two brothers in a litigation boutique firm where he solidified his status as a top defense and trial attorney in the white collar and complex civil arenas.