A native Texan, Chris and his wife Susannah have been residents of the Houston Heights for 17 years. They are the proud parents of a twelve year old son – Finley James, two golden retrievers – Teddy and Josie, and one cat – Huckle.
Chris first came to Houston in 1994 to work for Accenture as a business technology consultant after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1998, Chris left Houston to attend law school at the University of Texas, where he met Susannah. After graduating from UT with honors, Chris returned to Houston to begin his legal career at Fulbright & Jaworski, specializing in complex commercial litigation. In 2013, Chris became one of the Founding Partners of the Houston office for Reed Smith, LLP, where he continues to practice law today.
A lot has changed since Chris and Susannah first moved to the Heights, but one thing that has remained the same is Chris’s passion to make the lives of others better through service and advocacy.
For the last five years, Chris has had the honor of serving on the Houston Leadership Committee for Lambda Legal – a non-profit committed to protecting and securing equal rights for all members of our LGBTQ community and those living with HIV. When hateful and discriminatory laws are passed, you will often find a Lambda Legal attorney in the courtroom fight to overturn it. Chris was the first ally invited to serve on the Houston Leadership Committee.
Chris is also a longtime member of the Board of Directors for Children at Risk, and just finished his tenure as Chairman of the Board. Children at Risk is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Texas children through strategic research, public policy analysis, and collaboration. That work has taken Chris to the State Capitol in Austin on multiple occasions to advocate for legislation aimed at improving our public education system, combating human trafficking, and improving access to healthcare for mothers and children. This past session, Chris testified before the Senate Education Committee on the importance of full-day high-quality pre-K, which was ultimately included with the public school finance reforms in HB3.
Now it’s time for Chris to put his passion and experience to work in Austin for the residents of District 148. With your help, we will continue to improve our public education system, pass sensible gun policies, expand access to affordable healthcare, and fight for equality for all Texans!