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Daniel John Christensen

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Dan Christensen has a personal injury practice in Austin, Texas.  He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, as well as Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is an Associate Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer College.  Mr. Christensen possesses the highest rating (AV) from the legal consulting firm Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Texas Monthly as a “SuperLawyer.”  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  

Before beginning the practice of law, Dan graduated from the University of Iowa earning his B.B.A. with distinction and honors in Finance.  He then acquired his J.D., with distinction, also from the University of Iowa.  During his final year, Dan was Editor-in-Chief of the JOURNAL OF CORPORATION LAW.


Upon graduation, Dan served as a prosecutor and defense counsel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).  He then joined The Carlson Law Firm, P.C., and has tried cases involving negligent security, commercial trucking collisions, product defects, highway design, medical malpractice, FTCA, premises liability, and car wrecks.  Dan has also contributed substantial time to writing articles for local and national publications, speaking to groups on various legal topics, and serving as an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas School of Law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    3 years
  2. Litigation: 50%
    3 years



Contingent (33-45%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lannie Todd Kelly

    Dan is a well-prepared and smart lawyer who will leave no stone unturned when preparing a client's case for trial. He is intuitive and likeable by the jury. In short, I endorse him without reservation.


    Lannie Kelly Birth injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Dan is the most prepared and professional attorney that I have ever had the privilege of working with. He is intuitive and brilliant. I would not hesitate to litigate any matter with him in the future or to refer any of my clients to him.


    Shelli Morrison Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Christensen Law Firm, PLLC

6601 Vaught Ranch Rd.
Suite 202
Austin, TX, 78726


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199907/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Texas Super LawyerTexas Lawyer Magazine2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2014
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2011
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2004
AV ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChristensen Law Firm, PLLC2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Texas School Of Law2009 - 2011
PartnerThe Carlson Law Firm, PC1998 - 2013
Judge Advocate General's CorpsU.S. Army1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Capital Area Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2008 - Present
State Bar of TexasAdmitted1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAdmitted1994 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationLife FellowN/A
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaN/AN/A
U.S. District Court Western District of TexasN/AN/A
U.s. District Court Eastern District of TexasN/AN/A
U.S. District Court Southern District of TexasN/AN/A
U.S. District Court Northern District of TexasN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesN/AN/A
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationBoard Certified in Personal Injury Trial LawN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard Certified in Civil Trial LawN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocacyAssociateN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th CircuitN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitN/AN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasN/AN/A
American Bar Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Austin Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Inns of CourtRobert W. Calvert ChapterN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyN/AN/A
Texas Board of Legal SpecializationN/AN/A
Capital Area Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2011 - 2011
Publication nameTitleDate
UT CLE Car Wrecks SeminarPaper: "Deposing the Adverse Medical Expert"2010
State Bar of Texas Legal Assistant's University Annual SeminarPaper: "Preparing to Depose the Adverse Medical Expert"2010
TRIALThere I was, Surrounded by the Enemy (an article on jury selection)2008
ABA Ultimate Trial NotebookPaper: "Voire Dire after Cortez and Hyundai"2008
TRIALIn the Eyes of the Beholder (an article on driver perception-reaction)2007
State Bar of Texas Advanced PI CoursePaper: "Voire Dire: Strategies after Cortez and Hyundai"2007
Am Jur TRIALSVoir Dire in Low Speed Collision Cases - Plaintiff's View2005
AAJ TrialThe Client Who Needed Me Most2005
TRIALSelect the Right Jury for Your Case2004
Jur Proof Of FactsProof of the Road Hazard Case2003
AAJ TrialWhen Poles in the Right-of-way are Wrong2003
AAJ TrialPaving the Way for a Road Hazard Case2002
Trial Counsel, Senior Trial Counsel and Trial Defense CounselAn Equitable Approach to Applying the Attorney Client Privilege to Defunct Lenders1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of IowaBusiness AdministrationB.B.A.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Car Wrecks SeminarWinning Critical Evidentiary Battles with Trial Briefs2012
Rapid Response WebcastExpert Panel, "Escabedo"2011
Belli SeminarGetting Extra from the Ordinary2011
Superpower Seminar and Annual ConferenceDirect Examination of the Treating Doctor2010
May 2009 MeetingGetting Extra from the Ordinary2009
Car Wrecks SeminarDrunk is Different: Prosecuting the DWI Car Wreck2009
Regional CLE ProgramGetting Extra from the Ordinary2008
Car Wrecks SeminarVoire Dire after Cortez2006
Ultimate Trial NotebookCommon Evidentiary Issues and Problems2005
State Bar of TexasCommon Discovery Issues in Personal Injury Litigation2005
New Technoques Under HB4Voir Dire after Cortez2005
Legal Assistant's University Annual SeminarCommon Discovery Issues in Personal Injury Litigation2005
Car Wrecks SeminarVoir Dire after Cortez2005
Advanced Personal Injury ConferenceThe Law of Voire Dire2005
Car Wrecks SeminarHandling Property Damage Claims2004
Car Wrecks SeminarHow to Prosecute the $5-$50k Car Wreck Case2004
Car Wrecks SeminarOvercoming Juror Biases in Auto Cases2003