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Chris Knight

Chris Knight started his legal career as a judicial law clerk, first at the Texas Supreme Court and then at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Now an advocate, Chris draws on that experience to advance his clients’ interests through well-crafted legal arguments throughout the trial and appellate process. Chris has argued and briefed appeals dealing with a variety of cutting-edge legal issues—from the types of damages available in fraud cases, to the application of Texas’ anti-SLAPP statute, to whether sovereign immunity protects private entities.

Chris is active in his community and local bar. He serves as the Secretary of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Appellate Section, is a Barrister in the Eldon Mahon Inn of Court, and is a member of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Federalist Society. He also serves on the advisory board for a local nonprofit that helps ex-offenders to reenter and excel in society. Outside the law, Chris is active in his congregation and enjoys playing tennis as well as spending time with his wife and three daughters.

Chris graduated first in his class from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he served as lead articles editor on the SMU Law Review and as an officer in the Christian Legal Society.

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  • Included in the "Ones to Watch" category of Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., 2021-2023
  • Chosen as a Top Attorney in Fort Worth, Texas magazine, Panther City Media Group, LP, 2021
  • “Practice Before the Supreme Court of Texas,” speaker, State Bar of Texas: Civil Appellate Practice 101, December 1, 2021.
  • "Justice Paul Green’s Legacy on the Texas Supreme Court," co-author, The Texas Lawbook, July 24, 2020.
  • Judicial Profile: Judge Mark T. Pittman, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, author, The Texas Lawbook, June 17, 2020.
  • “Texas Supreme Court 2018-19 Term Review” and “Brave New World: Changes to the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act (TCPA) and Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 91a,” speaker, ACU Alumni Bar Association CLE, October 2019.
  • “State and Federal Appellate Procedure,” speaker, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section: Appellate Diversity Committee CLE, April 2019.
  • "Rule 91a Dismissals and Appeals,” co-author, The University of Texas School of Law State and Federal Appeals CLE, June 2018.
  • “Texas Supreme Court Update,” co-author, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Appellate Advocate, quarterly, beginning in 2018.
  • “International Human Rights Litigation After Bauman: the Viability of Veil Piercing to Hale Foreign Parent Corporations into U.S. Courts,” author, 41 U. Dayton L. Rev. 213, 2016.
  • “Post-Kiobel Procedure: Subject Matter or Prescriptive Jurisdiction?” co-author, 19 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 49, 2015.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2015, valedictorian; summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; lead articles editor, SMU Law Review

B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2012

Clerkships

Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2016-2017

Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court, 2015-2016

Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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Dallas Appeals Court Sides With Haynes Boone Client Panda Power, Strips ERCOT of Sovereign Immunity [...]
February 24, 2022

A Texas appellate court sided with Panda Power Generation Infrastructure Fund after reversing an earlier decision that granted Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) sovereign immunity, applying three recent Texas Supreme Court decisions confirming that sovereign immunity does not extend to private entities like ERCOT. The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas also concluded that the Texas Legis [...]