Chris Flood's practice focuses on complex white collar criminal defense cases while also involving corporate investigations and some complex civil work. With a quarter-century of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, Chris is a highly sought-after criminal defense attorney and legal problem solver with clients in a broad spectrum of federal and state actions.
His clients have included executives accused of crimes in both the Enron and Stanford Financial scandals; energy traders accused of manipulating the price of natural gas; defendants in the largest-ever internet gambling prosecution; and several prominent Mexican citizens fighting extradition on politically motivated charges brought by the administration of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.
In the Stanford Financial case, Chris represents Laura Pendergest-Holt, Stanford's former Chief Investment Officer who was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He also represents Michelle Valencia, a former energy trader at Dynegy accused of reporting false data that was used to calculate natural gas index prices.
In 2009, he won a mistrial for Houston lawyer Todd Hoeffner, who was accused of offering kickbacks to insurance company adjusters in exchange for favorable settlements for his clients.
In 2001, Chris successfully represented a member of the Jacob Orgad organization accused of manufacturing and distributing approximately 80 percent of the world's supply of Ecstasy. He also won a mistrial and dismissal of charges for his doctor client in a five-month, multi-defendant federal trial known as the Spring Shadows Glen case.
He has obtained a number of acquittals and dismissals for numerous clients accused of murder, drug crimes, aggravated assault, theft, and various environmental crimes. He has also helped corporations with criminal and civil investigations and been involved in complex financial civil cases.
A former Harris County Assistant District Attorney, Chris left the D.A.'s office to work with famed Houston criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin. His work with DeGuerin included representation of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.
His expertise has also attracted the attention of both national and local media, with appearances on NBC’s Dateline, ABC Evening News, CBS National News, as well as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.
Awards & Honors: Texas Super Lawyers, 2008-2010
Admitted: State Bar of Texas; Supreme Court of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas as well as District of Colorado and Central District of Illinois; U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Districts.
Member: Houston and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Houston Trial Lawyers Association; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Education: St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D., 1986; University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., 1983