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Christopher is about helping people, in court with juries and out of court with settlements - all over our great nation. He knows his clients: who they are, where they have been and where they want to go, and understands their need for a helping hand. His clients get to know him, too.


"Helping people in need seems to be a root in my family tree,” says Christopher. “My dad was a surgeon, my four older brothers are surgeons, and my sister is a physical therapist.” Being a trial lawyer and the youngest in a family of doctors can be tough, however. “You can imagine how popular I am at family picnics.”


Outside of his faith and family, Christopher’s passion is the fight that comes with the job. He has been blessed by many successes:


  • Fellow lawyers believe in Christopher’s ethics and skill by rating him AV, the highest ranking available. (AV Peer Review Rating)


  • The 212th Judicial District Court of Galveston County, Texas appointed Christopher as Liaison Counsel in the BP Texas City Explosion case;


  • Christopher has won jury verdicts for patients who were victims of medical malpractice;


  • His peers voted him Super Lawyer in 2005 and 2007;


  • Christopher has won jury verdicts for those killed or horribly injured by truck accidents and car wrecks;


  • He is an invited speaker to his colleagues’ continuing education programs; and


  • Christopher has reached hundreds of out-of-court settlements for his clients.


Christopher's professional pride stems from his experience to see his clients'case through. "I have fought all phases of the war: the pretrial, the trial, and the appeal."


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    20 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    20 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
    20 years
  4. Defective Products: 20%
    20 years
  5. Maritime: 10%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Dean Law Firm

203 West Wall Street
Suite 409
Midland, TX, 79701

Dean Law Firm

17255 El Camino Real
Suite 190
Houston, TX, 77058



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199501/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas' Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2005
Best Speaker, Advanced Civil LItigationSouth Texas College of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDean Law Firm2010 - Present
PartnerClark Dean Burnett, GP2008 - 2010
AssociateWilliams Kherkher Hart & Boundas, LLP2006 - 2008
PartnerGarner Stein & Dean, GP2001 - 2006
AssociateDunn Kacal Adams Pappas & Law, PC1996 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2012 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston Chapter)Member2010 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationLife Fellow2006 - Present
Christian Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Houston Bar Associationmember1996 - Present
State Bar of Texasmember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
BP Texas City ExplosionExtraordinary confidential settlement
Hurricane Rita Evacuation Bus Fire Caseextraordinary confidential settlement
Alamo Transportation Company and Montelongo Trucking et alSettlement for $1,700,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of TexasPut the Depo Slog on an Ipad Diet2012
State Bar of Texas"Discovery in Personal Injury: Can a Caveman Do It?"2007
Benzene Litigation Conference"Opening Statement: An Extension of the Voir Dire Dialogue"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
Southern Methodist UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Debate/SpeechTo Love What You Do: Purpose2012
Advanced Personal InjuryPut the Depo Slog on an Ipad Diet2012
Launching a Law Practice"From Sheepskin to Skin in the Game: Lawsuit Work for Solo New Grads"2011
Texas Bar Advanced Personal Injury Law Course"Discovery in Personal Injury: Can a Caveman Do It?"2007
Benzene Litigation Conference"Opening Statement: An Extension of the Voir Dire Dialogue"2006