"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
-- John Donne (1624)
Raised in Corsicana and Dallas, Chris learned from an early age the values of service and uplifting the lives of fellow Texans. His father is a Navy veteran and urologist, while his mother spent over forty years in nursing. Following in the family footsteps, Chris’ older brother, Andy, is a dermatologist in the Woodlands.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics at Southwestern University, Chris opted for a different path from his family by earning his law degree at the University of Texas. However, the same principles of compassion and duty guided him towards criminal defense. In 2009, Chris started his own successful federal and state law practice representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. This experience taught him first-hand the particular challenges of owning and operating a small business. In 2015, Chris was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association.
As a community leader and volunteer in Central Texas, Chris has continued his fight for justice, serving as supervising attorney for UT Law’s pro bono Texas Expunction Project since its inception in 2014. The Expunction Project has assisted hundreds of indigent Texans clear wrongful arrests from their backgrounds so that they can better compete in the job market and find housing. In 2016, UT’s Texas Law Fellowships program awarded Chris the Excellence in Public Interest Award (EPIA) based on his pro bono work as a private-practicing attorney. Chris is also a graduate of Leadership Austin's Emerge class of 2014.
Chris’ interest in human behavior, decision-making, and public policy led him to earn his master’s degree in economics. Using this lens, he searches for optimal solutions to both legal and societal problems. For instance, Chris regularly employs his economics skills to find mutually beneficial solutions when negotiating with prosecutors. Likewise, if elected to Congress, Chris intends to apply these skills when reaching across the aisle to attain fair, common-sense solutions that protect individual rights and promote progress.
In 2009, with a stroke of good luck, Chris met his wife, Shannon, a sixth-generation Texan from Burnet. Holding master’s degrees in both social work and creative writing, she currently teaches in the English department at Texas State University. In 2012, they married in Big Bend National Park and now live in South Austin.