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About me

I am passionate about what I do.  It is my honor to be a trial lawyer and assist people who have had their careers severely damaged or ended due to the illegal conduct of an employer. My past experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and as a defense lawyer in one of the nation's largest law firms gives me unique insights and an advantage when it comes to effectively representing employees.    

When you retain me to represent you, you get me, not an associate or junior lawyer.  I will take full control over every aspect of your case and give it my personal attention.  In my experience, this gives me an advantage over my opponents because I have handled every aspect of your case myself, rather than allowing a less experienced attorney to handle some matters and then try to understand what occurred later.  

I am board certified in Labor & Employment Law and represent employees in overtime, harassment, wrongful discharge, and fraud/whistleblower cases. This includes claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of employment agreements, and noncompete defense, as well as claims of unpaid overtime and corporate fraud and/or fraud against the government. 


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Termination: 30%
    20 years
  2. Discrimination: 25%
    20 years
  3. Sexual Harassment: 25%
    20 years
  4. Employment: 20%
    20 years



Contingent (15-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Bruce Phillips

    For my book, there simply is no more knowledgeable and capable employment lawyer than Chris McKinney. I have had the pleasure of working with him on a case, and so I know his competence and expertise first-hand. Whenever I have a question of employment law I always call Chris, and he always knows the answer. Anyone in San Antonio or Austin who has been discriminated against at their job, or has not been paid what they are owed, should call Chris McKinney before calling anyone else.


    Robert Phillips Brain injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Alan Dean Tysinger

    Employment law is all about proving that the employer is lying with evidence they will do anything to keep you from getting. Chris has the experience and tenacity to get the evidence to win.


    Alan Tysinger Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199608/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2014
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2013
Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2012
#8 on the Top Employment Law Voices nation-wideHR Examiner Magazine2012
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2011
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2010
Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment LawScene in SA Magazine2009
Board Certification - Labor and Employment LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2003
National Merit ScholarNational Merit Scholar ProgramN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe McKinney Law Firm2001 - Present
AttorneyAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld1997 - 2001
Assistant Attorney GeneralOffice of the Attorney General - State of Texas1996 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Texas Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Employment Law - Lone Star JusticeTexas Employment Law2009
Using the Internet in Representing Employment Law ClientsRepresenting Clients Effectively2007