Christine E. Burgess

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Managing Partner


(512) 322-4723

Practice Areas

Christine Burgess has over two decades of experience vigorously advocating for her clients as a trial and appellate lawyer in a broad range of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, securities fraud, business torts, contract disputes, probate disputes, the resolution of the business side of complex, high net worth divorces, and employment-related litigation. She also counsels clients on the best way to resolve legal issues with or without litigation, including advising on employment agreements, contracts, partnership disputes, and fiduciary obligations.

Experience & Accomplishments

  • Successfully represented international clients in securities fraud case, obtaining injunction to trap over $6,000,000 in defendants’ bank account and expeditiously obtaining consent judgment returning such amount to clients without the necessity of full trial.
  • Obtained seven figure judgment after week-long federal jury trial for individual victim of securities fraud in scheme implemented by multiple defendants.
  • Prevailed in week-long Zoom jury trial in will contest claiming lack of capacity, undue influence rejected.
  • Obtained equitable settlement for client in bill of review case after responding to summary judgment, establishing question of fact about whether defendant ex-spouse obtained divorce decree and post-martial agreement by means of extrinsic fraud.
  • As lead counsel, successfully represented individual accused of trespass and counterclaiming for trespass and conversion. Obtained jury verdict in client’s favor.
  • As lead counsel, represented commercial tenant and guarantors in lease dispute, achieving equitable result for clients well short of trial.
  • As lead counsel, represented individual in probate dispute with her husband’s children. Obtained efficient and equitable settlement in application to determine heirship proceeding.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a hotly contested probate case, rejecting challenges to the validity of a power of attorney that permitted creation of a trust. This led to equitable settlement negating need for trial.
  • Represented insurer as co-counsel in the Texas Third Court of Appeals, obtaining judgment reversing trial court judgment based on lack of jurisdiction.
  • As lead counsel, represented large franchisee in the fitness club industry in negotiating and drafting over 60 vendor contracts, as well as advising on employment, vendor, and customer issues and disputes.
  • Law clerk to the Honorable William L. Garwood, United States Fifth Court of Appeals.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law (1999, 2000, and 2001). Developed, planned and taught Separation of Powers seminar in Fall semesters.


  • Author, When May a President Refuse to Enforce the Law? 72 Texas Law Review 631


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Fellow, Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • The Robert E. Calvert American Inn of Court


  • University of Texas (J.D., with honors, 1995) (Chancellors Honor Society) (Order of the Coif) (Texas Law Review, Notes Editor)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (Master of Public Affairs, 1995)
  • University of Missouri at Columbia (B.A., cum laude, 1989) (Phi Beta Kappa) (Mortar Board)