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Christopher J. Mckinney

Wrongful termination Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Wrongful termination
    30%
    Chris McKinney is Board Certified in Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and over 90% of my case docket is employment-law related. My firm handles harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on sex, age, pregnancy, race, and disability. We also focus on cases involving claims of unpaid overtime.

    28 years

  2. Discrimination
    25%
    Chris McKinney is Board Certified in Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and over 90% of my case docket is employment-law related. My firm handles harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on sex, age, pregnancy, race, and disability. We also focus on cases involving claims of unpaid overtime.

    28 years

  3. Sexual harassment
    25%
    Chris McKinney is Board Certified in Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and over 90% of my case docket is employment-law related. My firm handles harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on sex, age, pregnancy, race, and disability. We also focus on cases involving claims of unpaid overtime.

    28 years

  4. Employment and labor
    20%
    Chris McKinney is Board Certified in Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and over 90% of my case docket is employment-law related. My firm handles harassment, wrongful termination and discrimination claims based on sex, age, pregnancy, race, and disability. We also focus on cases involving claims of unpaid overtime.

    28 years

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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Location

McKinney Law Firm
21022 Gathering Oak
San Antonio, TX, 78260
McKinney Law Firm - Austin
501 W 5th St
Austin, TX, 78701
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Mr. McKinney took my case which as he told me originally, "wasn't very strong," and worked hard and after a little over one year, I received a very acceptable settlement. I am very impressed with his service and the support of his entire firm.
Posted by Bill | August 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Ever!
In late 2017, I was terminated from my position from a local company, a position I had held for 19 years. Being 62 years old, well paid, and well established in the community. I was devastated. There were no other jobs that needed my specific talents in the area. Even if I could relocate, nobody was going to hire an expensive old guy that would probably retire within 3 or 4 years. So, I began searching for an attorney, at first just to discuss my options. I was referred to a couple of "big names" in the San Antonio area, who were very polite, but, just my opinion, did not see the "Big Bucks" coming in from a small company in a rural Texas town. One of them referred me to Chris McKinney. That's the best piece of advice I've ever received! I made an appointment with the McKinney Law Firm. From the first meeting, Chris, and his wife Heather, put me at ease. I told them my story, presented the facts as I saw them, and explained how totally worthless I was feeling, and the toll it was taking on me and my family. If you have never gone through something like this, I can assure you that it is horrible. First of all, Chris and Heather have decades of experience in Employment Discrimination law. He explained that age discrimination is against the law. He also explained that in Texas, being a "Right to Work" state, you can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all. The fact that my termination with no severance, no nothing, was not right, in the end that really didn't matter. What DID matter were the reasons I was fired, and if they were legal, or not. That's what I liked about Chris, he tells you what you need to know, not what you want to hear. That is a rare quality in an attorney. Anyway, to cut a long story short, for the next year Chris interviewed other affected employees, investigated my claims, brought in experts to analyze the case, and in short devoted himself to my case fully. He even visited my home, and interviewed my family as to the effect this had had on them. Each step of the way, Chris kept me fully informed of the good, and the not so good news. After 15 months, the case was resolved, and I have now found a good position with a new company. So, life is once again good. I do not wish what I went through on anyone, but if you have been unfairly dismissed from you job because of age, sex, or any other illegal reason, you absolutely CAN NOT find a finer Law Firm to represent you than McKinney Law Firm. Chris and Heather were my attorneys, but I now count them as my good friends. Bill E. Kerrville, TX.
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Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation re Employement Contract
The McKinney law firm is a very professional group. They were very quick to respond to our questions. Chris McKinney was very knowledgeable. It was a pleasure to work with both he and his wife Heather. We went to them with questions in regard to Non-compete agreement and other issues associated with a recent termination of employment.
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Posted by Todd | June 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Effective, Professional Service - My Highest Recommendation
Chris McKinney consulted with me primarily to develop a strategy to most advantageously exit my existing empoyment contract, so I could accept another job offer. He also helped me review non-compete language in my new employment contract. Chris provided some excellent advice, and he was able to meet with me very shortly after my initial inquiry. I'd recommend him to anyone seeking assistance with employment-related legal issues.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wrongful Termination
I contacted Chris on a wrongful termination issue. He was thoughtful, thorough, and insightful. Instead of looking at the issue from one side, he considered all the options. In addition, I have to mention the ease I found in contacting his office. His initial contact was the most proficient and informative I have ever seen. To all of this I add to his knowledge and expertise with the law. He knows his business and I look forward to working with him.
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Posted by Jeff | December 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Severance Agreement Review
I consulted with Mr. McKinney before signing the Severance Agreement offered by my former employer. He reviewed the agreement to ensure there was nothing problematic. He also reviewed the details of my termination, looking for signs of possible age discrimination, as well as the possibility of negotiating a better offer. Since there was nothing problematic, and no significant evidence of discrimination, I signed the agreement as originally presented. Mr. McKinney was very professional and helpful during the consultation, and made me feel comfortable with signing the agreement.
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Posted by Mark | July 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Experience
Mr. McKinney and his entire staff were amazing to work with. They were professional and asked the right questions to get me to the right person to help me with my legal matter. I would highly recommend this firm for your employment law needs. Unfortunately, they were not the right firm for my needs, but they were committed to providing contact information and connecting me to the best practice for my case.
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Posted by Monica | June 14, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable/Quick response times
I contacted Chris while I was searching for an attorney for my mother, who lives in a different city. Chris was out of his office but responded to my messages within 10 minutes of each message. Due to the fact that my mom didn't live close, Chris was not able to personally represent her but he did refer her to someone who could. He was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire process. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in search of an attorney in his specialty field.
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Posted by Enrique | November 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Closed Case
Mr. Mckinney and Mr. Tepperman were outstanding with representation of my case. They stood by me for over a year and never stopped checking on me and always were on the ball. I was always reassured by their professionalism and attention to detail. Case closed and we won. Although I never wished to be placed in a position to have a "case", I am sure glad for Chis and Etan; they stood by me all the way. Thanks Guys Enrique
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Posted by Diane | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney - Very Thorough
When I was wrongfully terminated, I called a couple of different attorney's and came across Mr. McKinney. He was very thorough with explanation of what was going to happen, what to expect and what not to expect. I chose him to represent me and I am glad I did. Mr. McKinney kept in close contact with me in regards to dates, changes and expectations leading up to the "day of." Him and Heather both were always a phone call away if I had a question. During the mediation process, Mr. McKinney stayed as late as necessary to resolve my case, and did it in a very professional manner.
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Posted by A. | August 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Experience
Mr. McKinney and his staff were VERY professional. Mr. McKinney was generous with his time, reviewing points of my case even prior to the initial consultation. He is knowledgeable about employment law and even though he did not choose to take my case, I understood his points and felt heard. I would highly recommend him to friends and family with employment law questions.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
Professionalism At Its Finest
After being asked to resign from the position that I held for several years without reprimand or complaint, I was hesitant to contact an attorney. Mr. McKinney's office contacted me shortly after I submitted my contact and were able to meet with me within days. Chris McKinney's demeanor and apparent professionalism put me at ease immediately. His advice was invaluable and brought to my attention areas of my contract that would make it troublesome for me to move on within my given industry. As he collected the information to build the 'case', if it were to be needed, he payed careful and thoughtful attention to the personalities involved and developed a strategy and approach that yielded an extremely successful response and outcome. At a time that was both professionally and emotionally stressful, Mr. McKinney made me feel empowered and ensured that my best interests were being well protected. The level of communication was fantastic and was never lacking. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of negotiations or status of the resulting relationships. This experience made me realize the importance of having a professional that will approach the matter with respect on your side.
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Posted by Joe | April 2, 2014
Highest Recommendation for Chris McKinney Law Firm
Chris McKinney and his staff receive my highest recommendation. With great tact and skill Chris represented me in a challenging case where i was being falsely accused. The outcome and settlement exceeded my expectations. More importantly, Chris helped me to remain calm and focused on my career, resulting in a new position at a better company. Thank you Chris, great job sir!
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Posted by hb | April 19, 2013
WOW
WOW, Mr. Mckinney was referred to me, by Tom Crane. He took his time to review my case and kept it "REAL", with my case chances of winning. He is a quick thinking with the case and provided sound opinion. I got my money’s worth and then some.
Posted by Shelly | April 27, 2012
Thank you McKinney Law Firm
 My experience with this law firm has been wonderful!  Mr. McKinney is kind, compassionate and extremely organized.  I think he should teach a class to other attorneys regarding his filing system and communication with clients.  Alana is the sweetest assistant and truly cares about you as an individual.  I highly recommend them!  Shelly
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Posted by Jan | May 21, 2011
Fantastic Trial Lawyer!
Chris took my case when two other lawyers told me that my former employer was simply too big a company for them to fight against. Chris was honest with me from the start and let me know that this case would not be an "easy to settle" type of case. He would only take my case if I understood we would need to go all the way to trial. He was right - the case took a long time. But we finally went to trial and he was great! He really talked to the jury and did a good job explaining my case. We won and then settled on appeal. Thanks Chris.
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Posted by Shawn | August 31, 2010
Outstanding Employment Attorney!
I was referred to Chris by a colleague to assist me with a lawsuit that was filed against me by a former employer. From the very beginning, he was very helpful in explaining how the whole process would work and what to expect moving forward. He was diligent in maintaining contact with the opposing counsel and serving as my voice as we went through negotiations on a settlement. Chris was very proactive in explaining the drafts that we received with both what should be accepted and declined, but always allowed me to share any thoughts or concerns that I had, and was timely in replying to the opposition. He was able to prepare me for the deposition and I was very comfortable and relaxed going through a nerve-wracking process. I can say without hesitate or reservation, I would use him again because of his professionalism, diligence, helpfulness, and sense of humor.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2009
Excellent attorney.
Can't say enough about Mr. McKinney. He is great lawyer and I always felt like he cared about me and my situation. I went through a very difficult situation at work that led ultimately to a lawsuit. I had been with a different lawyer who would never return my calls or let me know what the status of my case was. I got my file back from him and hired Mr. McKinney. He told me plain what my situation was and always kept me informed on what was going on in my case. I was very happy with the settlement he got for me too. Needless to say I would definitely recommend him to a friend.
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Cost

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  • Contingency 25%-40%
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Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The McKinney Law Firm
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
  • 1996 - 1997

Education

  • Baylor University
  • law
  • 1996

Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Texas Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2013
  • #8 on the Top Employment Law Voices nation-wide
  • HR Examiner Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers In San Antonio - Employment Law
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2009
  • Board Certification - Labor and Employment Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2003
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National Merit Scholar Program
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Texas Association of Paralegals Annual Convention
  • Using Technology and Cloud Computing to Provide Better Client Service
  • 2016
  • Texas Employment Law - Lone Star Justice
  • Texas Employment Law
  • 2009
  • Using the Internet in Representing Employment Law Clients
  • Representing Clients Effectively
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
Endorse Christopher
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Wrongful termination Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is a very professional and knowledgeable employment lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Chris on a number of matters and am proud to call him a friend and mentor. Chris is a professional in every sense of the word. He leads by example, pushing others around him to continuously do better for our clients and the profession as a whole. It was clear from the first time I met him that he takes pride in providing top quality legal representation to regular people."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher McKinney does a great job for his clients. He's always the first lawyer I call when I have an employment question, and he's at the top of my referral list."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher is an accomplished attorney in his community. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Chris for many years as outside counsel to my Fortune 300 legal department and more recently as litigation co-counsel on an employment matter. He is not only well-versed in the law, he displays a superior work ethic and keen problem-solving skills that make him a strong advocate for your client. His office is superbly organized and makes excellent use of the latest technology for information sharing and courtroom presentation. I look forward to working with him again, soon."
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