B.B.A., University of Texas, 1983; J.D., St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, 1986Awards & Honors:
Texas Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2016Admitted:
State Bar of Texas; Supreme Court of Texas; Supreme Court of the United States; United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas as well as District of Colorado and Central District of Illinois; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Districts.Member:
Houston and American Bar Associations; Texas Bar Foundation; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Commissioner, Texas Ethics Commission – appointed in February 2017 to a four-year term by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
Chris Flood, a veteran of the Houston white collar defense bar and a seasoned trial lawyer, has joined the global law firm Orrick as a partner in the Houston office, effective December 1, 2017. You can reach him here.
For the past 30 years, Chris Flood has been in the “problem solving” business for his clients. Starting with his association with famed criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin for 10 years, Chris has spent the last 18 years practicing with his brothers solving clients’ problems in both criminal and civil court.
Chris’s experience includes all types of criminal cases including complex hite collar defense and investigations. Chris has also handled complex civil cases including multi-national litigation. Chris has represented prominent Mexican nationals fighting extradition to Mexico for politically motivated allegations as well as fighting attempts by the U.S. Government to extradite Mexican politicians to the United States for alleged money laundering and RICO violations.
His clients have also included executives accused of crimes in the Enron and Stanford Financial scandals; energy traders accused of manipulating the price of natural gas; and defendants in the largest-ever Internet gambling prosecution.
In the Stanford Financial case, Chris represented Laura Pendergest-Holt, Stanford’s former Chief Investment Officer who was charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. He also represented 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, he won a mistrial and dismissal of charges for his doctor client in a 5-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, 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.
Chris started his legal career as an intern with the Executive Office of United States Attorneys, United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., during the Reagan Administration. Upon graduation from law school, he worked as a Harris County Assistant District Attorney from 1986-1988. Chris left the District Attorney’s Office to work with famed Houston criminal defense attorney Dick DeGuerin from 1988-1998. His work with DeGuerin included representation of David Koresh and the Branch Davidians, United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and many other high profile defendants.
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, Austin American Statesman, San Antonio Express News, and the Houston Chronicle.