Chris Dove

Chris Dove




Chris Dove has been practicing in the areas of appellate and business litigation for over 19 years. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has solid experience before the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Courts of Appeal, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Federal Circuits.

Chris has argued 30 appeals and has been counsel in many more, focusing on appeals in commercial and business litigation across several industries.

Professional History

  • Law Clerk, Hon. William Garwood, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2001-2002)

Reported Decisions

Chris’ reported decisions include:

  • Blue Sage Capital, L.P. v. Alfa Laval U.S. Holding, Inc., 168 A.D.3d 645, 92 N.Y.S.2d 268 (N.Y. App.—1st Dep’t 2019), leave denied, 33 N.Y.3d 904 (N.Y. 2019) (affirming application of New York's “prevailing party” test for attorneys’ fees)
  • Justice v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-20615, 674 F. App’x 330 (5th Cir. Dec. 14, 2016), cert. denied, 138 S. Ct. 133 (Oct. 2, 2017) (holding that a mortgage pooling trust’s citizenship was that of its trustee, notwithstanding Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1012 (2016))
  • Johnson v. GlobalSantaFe Offshore Servs., Inc., 799 F.3d 317 (5th Cir. 2015) (limiting the scope of “employer” status in federal maritime litigation)
  • Mira Overseas Consulting, Ltd. v. Muse Family Enters., Ltd., 237 Cal. App. 4th 378 (Cal. App. 2015) (clarifying role of fraudulent transfer in lis pendens actions)
  • Man Industries (India), Ltd. v. Midcontinent Exp. Pipeline, LLC, 407 S.W.3d 342 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2013, pet. denied) (affirming victory in dispute regarding fraudulent presentation of letter of credit)
  • Weingarten Realty Investors v. Miller, 661 F.3d 904 (5th Cir. 2011) (affirming and addressing circuit split on a district court’s authority to decide the merits during an appeal from the denial of a motion to compel arbitration)
  • In re GlobalSantaFe Corp., 275 S.W.3d 477 (Tex. 2008) (holding that the federal Jones Act did not preempt portions of Texas’s statute governing silica-related injuries)

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Named, Chambers USA, Litigation: Appellate (2020)
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate (2013-2021)
  • Named, Texas Super Lawyers®, Appellate (2014-2020)
  • Named, Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star (2004-2005, 2007-2010)
  • Recipient, Helen Cassidy Award for Best Presentation, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Course (2018 and 2019)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee for Business, Consumer, Insurance, and Employment
  • Co-Chair, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Law School Liaison Committee; Member, Appellate Section Rules Committee
  • Member, Texas Bar College
  • Member, Houston Bar Association

Community Leadership

  • Sunday School teacher and Finance Committee member, South Main Baptist Church
  • Legacy Fundraiser for World Vision International
  • Marathon runner and member of Houston Area Road Runners Association
  • Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do and Taekwondo

Board Certifications

  • Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization