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            Christopher L. Tritico, a native of Houston, Texas, received his Bachelors Degree at Sam Houston State University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence at South Texas College of Law.


            Mr. Tritico is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and the Tenth Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas.   He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Harris County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and The Houston Bar Association.  Mr. Tritico was named one of Texas Super Lawyers 2003-2008- 2014 by Texas Monthly Magazine.  Mr. Tritico was named one of the Top Lawyers for the People by H Texas Magazine in 2005-2014.  Named one of Texas Top rated lawyers 2012 and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2012.

            A criminal defense his entire career, Mr. Tritico has handled cases in both state and federal courts; cases ranging from environmental law to capital murder.  Mr. Tritico has represented notable athletes such as Moses Malone, former Houston Rocket, Gary Sheffield, All-Star third baseman for the Florida Marlins and Julio Lugo, former Houston Astro.  In 1997 Mr. Tritico was one of the trial lawyers who represented Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing Case.  Since 1988, Mr. Tritico has represented the Houston Federation of Teachers; with more than 6,000 members it is the largest teachers’ union in the State of Texas.  Mr. Tritico has represented the rights of union members at administrative trials before a Certified Hearing Examiner, the Board of Education for the Houston Independent School District, and the Texas Education Agency.  In addition to the Houston Federation of Teachers Mr. Tritico represents the Employee Federation of North Harris Montgomery Community College District.  Further, he has represented teachers’ interest in both criminal district court and civil district court in Harris County, Texas.


            Mr. Tritico began his career as an associate of famed attorney Richard “Racehorse” Haynes.  After leaving Mr. Haynes’ office in 1994, Mr. Tritico started his present firm Tritico Rainey, P. L.L.C. in 2011.  A regular speaker to the Houston Federation of Teachers and other groups, Mr. Tritico has presented workshops in areas such as administrative rights and techniques for avoiding false allegations of child abuse.  In 1988, Mr. Tritico authored an article entitled “Investigative Techniques Every Lawyer Should Know.”  In 1997 he authored “Teacher Contracts and the Hearing Process: The Road to Victory” The Houston Lawyer, March/April 1997, Vol. 34, No.5 and in 2008 he authored “Collision Course: When Criminal Law and School Law Meet” Voice for the Defense, October 2008, Vol 37, No. 8


            Mr. Tritico has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Night Line, CBS Evening News, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, 20/20, CNN, Fox News Channel, Court TV and others both nationally and internationally.  Mr. Tritico is the host of Fox26Law and The RoundUp on Fox, 26, KRIV and the legal analyst for Fox 26 and New Radio 740 KTRH in Houston.


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Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 40%
    26 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    26 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    26 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    26 years


Payment types:

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  • Wade D. Moriarty

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    Wade Moriarty Car accident Attorney
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  • Robert James Fickman

    Chris Tritico is an outstanding defense lawyer and a leader in the defense bar. Chris and I have worked on cases together. He has a keen mind, outstanding judgement and his dedication to his clients and the Bill of a Rights is 100%. Chris is one of the few lawyers who has substantial experience defending educators. He is the real deal .


    Robert Fickman Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Tritico Rainey, PLLC

601 Sawyer St., Suite 200
Houston, TX, 77007


1212 Durham Drive
Houston, TX, 77007



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198807/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Houstons Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2010
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Texas Magazine2009
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Houston Magazine2008
Texas Super LaywersTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Houston Magazine2007
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Houston Magazine2006
Texas Super LawyersN/A2006
Houston's Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Houston Magazine2005
Texas Super LawyersN/A2005
Texas Super LawyersN/A2004
Texas Super LawyersN/A2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerEssmyer, Tritico & Rainey, LLP1994 - 2011
AssociateRichard Haynes & Associates, P.C.1979 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States of America v. Timothy James McVeighN/A
State of Texas v. ECLreversed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Collision Course: When Criminal Law and School Law Meet2008
Texas LawyerReal Culprit in Yates Case is the System2002
State Bar of Texas School Law Section News LetterA Practical Guide to Policing Student on Student Sexual Harassment2000
The Houston LawyerTeacher Contracts and the Hearing Process: The Road to Victory1997
UnknownInvestigative Techniques Every Lawyer Should KnowN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Sam Houston State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sam Houston State University Political Science DepartmentPracting law and gettign into law school2013