Christopher L. Johnson
Chris is a founding member of the law firm Johnson & Associates, PLLC in League City, Texas. Chris is an aggressive trial lawyer, who maintains a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings. Chris has successfully represented individuals and businesses in numerous practice areas including business disputes, securities, receiverships, commercial and residential real estate, title disputes and land use, banking and lending, deceptive trade practices, construction and debt collection. Chris has represented numerous employers and employees in cases involving restrictive covenants and trade secrets. Chris has extensive experience securing injunctive relief, dismissals, judgments, verdicts and favorable settlements on behalf of clients. Chris also has experience in real estate and business transactions in several industries and markets. He has additional experience representing vessel owners and underwriters in a variety of maritime and admiralty disputes, vessel seizures, and insurance matters.
Chris completed his legal education at the University of Houston Law Center. While in law school, he served as an Editor for the Houston Business & Tax Law Journal and Executive Chair of the Board of Advocates. Chris also excelled as a member of the mock trial and moot court teams, and won a national mock trial title. Upon graduation, Chris was named to the Order of Barristers, an honor given to the top graduating courtroom advocates.
Chris is actively involved in his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Lyons Charitable Foundation in Galveston County, the advisory board of the Young Urban Professionals of Easter Seals and is active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
- Real Estate
- Probate Litigation
Texas A&M University, B.A.
University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
Order of the Barristers
Gus Schill, Jr. Maritime and Professionalism Scholarship Award
Successfully tried to a jury verdict a multi-million dollar dispute between the operator of the iconic Flagship Hotel against Landry’s, Inc.
In 2015, successfully defended a homeowner sued by his homeowners’ association in Galveston County District Court and prosecuted claims for harassment against the association. After a week-long trial, the jury found for the homeowner on all claims and awarded the homeowner $100,000 in damages plus $90,000 in attorneys’ fees. Other defendants settled confidentially.
In 2015, successfully represented a biodiesel distributor in a joint venture dispute. Retained just 3 weeks before trial, and after a 3-day bench trial in Harris County District Court, obtained judgment for client in excess of $500,000 plus more than $42,000 in attorneys’ fees.
In 2015, obtained summary judgment on behalf of municipality in Galveston County District court against resident seeking disannexation of recently annexed area.
In 2016, represented municipality before the Texas Railroad Commission in the first ever public right-of-way pipeline assessment appeal. Obtained order allowing municipality to collect more than $200,000 in past due pipeline assessments.
In 2016, successfully tried a week-long contested guardianship in the Galveston County Probate Court. Case settled favorably before closing arguments.
In 2016, successfully represented homeowners claiming they were misled by home sellers and the listing realtor in Galveston County District Court. Case settled confidentiality after jury selection. Other defendants settled confidentially.
In 2016, successfully represented homeowners in a title dispute matter over investment property in Harris County District Court. Obtained judgment for homeowners after a 2-day bench trial.
Obtained favorable settlement for former investor in Ponzi scheme in action brought by SEC appointed Receiver in federal court in Houston involving claims of breach of contract and claw-back.
Successfully obtained a dismissal of a FINRA arbitration for the institution’s failure to comply with arbitrator’s orders.
Obtained summary judgment in Oklahoma on behalf of hotel seller for non-payment of purchase price, ultimately resulting in a six figure settlement for the client.
Successfully represented Houston bank in prosecuting claims against former employee for breach of confidentiality agreement and theft of confidential information. Obtained favorable settlement resulting in permanent injunction against employee.
Successfully defended former employee of insurance brokerage firm against claims of breach of covenant not to compete and non-solicit contained in employment contract, ultimately obtaining full release from all restrictive covenants.
Lindley v. TRS Recovery Associates, Inc., 2:12-CV-109, 2012 WL 6201175 (S.D. Tex. Dec. 12, 2012) – Obtained summary judgment on behalf of debt collector establishing that client’s written correspondence does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Sobrino-Barrera v. Anderson Shipping Co., Ltd., CIV.A. H-09-3642, 2011 WL 5245396 (S.D. Tex. Oct. 24, 2011) aff’d, 11-20826, 2012 WL 5205622 (5th Cir. Oct. 23, 2012) – Obtained summary judgment on behalf of vessel owner and manager in a catastrophic personal injury case brought by injured longshoreman.
State of Texas
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit