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Mr. Capitaine spent his formative years in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mr. Capitaine graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1998. He was recognized for his academic achievements by being the recipient of the President’s Scholarship which awarded him full tuition and living expenses. Among other academic honors, Mr. Capitaine was on the Dean’s List for the College of Social Sciences every semester. He was inducted into the National Honor Society for Psychology and was also inducted into the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for his academic achievements.

Following his graduation from college, Mr. Capitaine attended the University of Texas School of Law and graduated with Honors in May of 2001. In addition to academic achievements while in law school, Mr. Capitaine was involved in other important activities such as being a Board Member for the Public Interest law Association, a Board Member for the Texas Law Fellowships and for the Latino Law Student’s Association.

Upon graduating from law school in 2001, Mr. Capitaine was offered employment with the prestigious law firm of Baron and Budd in Dallas, Texas. At Baron and Budd, Mr. Capitaine dedicated himself to gaining valuable trial skills and safeguarding the rights of people and communities injured by corporate wrongdoing. Because Mr. Capitaine is fully bilingual, he was in charge of litigation involving the representation of Spanish-speaking clients and gained valuable civil trial experience during his tenure there.

Mr. Capitaine also gained valuable litigation experience while working for the Houston Office of the nationally recognized law firm of Haynes and Boone. Mr. Capitaine was trusted with the responsibility of first chairing claims on behalf of a very large international corporation involved in an international arbitration in Mexico City. The dispute involved over a billion dollars in claims.

Since law school, it had been a dream for Mr. Capitaine to become an outstanding trial lawyer. Towards that end, in 2002, Mr. Capitaine took a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. He knew that as a prosecutor he could obtain valuable trial experience. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Capitaine tried many jury trials with great results.

Mr. Capitaine was blessed with success during his tenure as a prosecutor. He tried cases involving misdemeanor offenses as well as cases involving serious felony offenses. During the years he spent as a prosecutor, Mr. Capitaine never lost a felony jury or court trial. Mr. Capitaine was promoted several times during his tenure at the Harris District Attorney’s Office and eventually became a Chief Prosecutor. As a Chief, he very much enjoyed the opportunity to train and supervise other prosecutors.

Mr. Capitaine is one of the founding partners of Capitaine, Shellist, Peebles & McAlister L.L.P. in 2005. His practice has primarily focused on representing and protecting the rights of individuals and corporations who seek representation from an experienced and aggressive trial lawyer.

His passion and unwavering commitment to vigorously defending the rights of his clients has resulted in amazing results. He has handled a variety of cases with admirable results, including serious charges such as capital murder, intoxication manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault and many other serious crimes.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • James Gary Sullivan

    I endorse this lawyer. Christian is a top notch trial lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients. Any accused would be lucky to have him as their attorney.


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  • Tyrone Cedric Moncriffe

    I endorse this lawyer. Christian is a man of high integrity and honor. He fights hard for his clients and never gives an inch to the govern-ment. He is a great lawyer and human being. He is easy to endorse.


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Contact info

Capitaine Law Firm, LLP

405 Main St. Ste. 950
Houston, TX, 77002-1843


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Premier AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top LawyersHoustonia Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCapitaine, Shellist, Peebles & McAlister2007 - Present
AssociateHaynes & Boone2005 - 2007
Assistant District AttorneyHarris County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2005
AttorneyBaron & Budd, A Professional Corporation2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Texas v. Firm ClientNot Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of Houston, main campusPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Univision HoustonCriminal Investigation2015
CNNDeath Penalty In Texas2015
Legal Career PanelCareers In Law2011
Guest Speaker Rice UniversityCareers In Law2010