Orrick Adds First-Chair Litigator Christina Maccio in Houston


Orrick today announced that Christina Maccio, a first-chair trial lawyer and leading litigator for the energy sector, has joined us as a partner in our Houston office. She joins Orrick from DLA Piper.

Christina brings a proven record at trial, on appeal, and in U.S. and international arbitration venues on behalf of U.S. and global energy companies, including publicly traded energy companies, independent oil companies, state-owned oil companies, oilfield services firms and oilfield suppliers. She also has guided high-stakes commercial litigation in the financial, technology and other sectors in matters involving business torts, foreign sovereign immunity, contract disputes, restrictive covenants and trade secret protection. Fluent in Spanish, Christina has extensive experience representing companies in Latin America and Europe.

A partner at DLA since 2014, Christina was named a Texas Lawyer Litigator of the Week for securing a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in a case involving a complex, energy-related contract dispute. Following law school, she also clerked for two years for U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes in Houston.

“From the start, Orrick’s strategy has been to build our Texas office around areas where the firm is market-leading globally. It’s working. Last year was our best year ever in Texas in terms of revenue growth, innovative client engagements and collaboration with Orrick teams worldwide,” said Dahl Thompson, leader of Orrick’s Houston office. “Adding Christina, a rising-star, first-chair trial lawyer with deep experience in oil & gas, is a reflection of this strategy and momentum.”

“Our litigation practice is on a roll, having handled 21 trials and 30 appeals last year alone,” said Jessica Perry, head of Orrick’s global litigation practice. “Christina is exactly the kind of first-chair talent, with sector-focused experience, that our clients are telling us they need.”

“Orrick’s strategy is a great fit for my practice. The firm is a true trial and appellate powerhouse, with clear sector focus. And the firm’s emphasis on innovation in service delivery and diverse and inclusive teams is exactly what in-house lawyers want to see,” said Christina. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with Claudia Frost and the firm’s teams focused on litigation and arbitration, energy & infrastructure and Latin America.”

Our Houston team’s innovative approach to advising the energy sector was recognized last year by Texas Lawyer and Financial Times, including work on first-to-market corporate PPA structures and oil & gas securitizations.