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Chris is a founding partner of Reed Smith’s Houston office and serves as the Office Managing Partner. Chris is a first chair trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in the areas of construction, energy, and natural resources; professional services; and health care.


  • University of Texas School of Law, 2001, J.D., with honors, Teaching Quiz Master; Order of the Barristers
  • University of Southern Mississippi, 1994, B.S., Political Science, with honors

  • Texas

  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Reed Smith – Houston Office Managing Partner
  • Reed Smith – Houston Hiring Committee and former Hiring Partner
  • Reed Smith – Diversity and Inclusion former co-chair for Houston office

Premios y reconocimientos

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, 2024
  • Selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers list for Civil Litigation: Defense (2014-2019)
  • Recognized as a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2019
  • "Rising Star," Litigation, Law & Politics (2005 - 2012)

Civic Involvement

  • Children at Risk – Member of the Board of Directors and former Board Chair
  • Lambda Legal – Houston Leadership Council
  • American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow, Class LI
  • University of Texas School of Law –  Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Houston Alumni Steering Committee
  • Texas Children’s Hospital Ambassador – 2014-2016
  • United Way Young Leaders – 2014-2015