hris Hodge represents complex commercial litigation clients large and small, in industries ranging from financial services, to oil and gas, to construction and real estate. Chris has deep experience in contract disputes, trademark litigation, and trade secret claims, among other issues. He is equally comfortable handling briefing and argument in state and federal court. Chris understands that thoroughness, preparation, and attention to detail are the keys to success in advancing his clients’ causes, whether in court or in negotiations, and he brings that understanding to every client engagement.
Before joining Skiermont Derby, Chris was a commercial litigation associate with two well-known Dallas firms, where he was heavily involved with all aspects of litigation including drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, and overseeing discovery processes. Chris earned his Juris Doctor with High Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Harvard University. Prior to law school, Chris was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, where he qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer and where he first developed skills that have served him well as a lawyer: the ability to process, prioritize, and address multiple complex issues simultaneously, and the ability to calmly handle stressful, high-stakes situations. Chris continues his service as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Represented movie theater operator plaintiff seeking to stop demolition of surrounding mall while theater was still operating, in a case involving . Obtained temporary restraining order and, ultimately, resolved matter with a favorable settlement.
Represented oil and gas plaintiff in suit against construction company for faulty construction of injection well, and secured favorable settlement.
Won judgment for non-profit health advocacy group for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices by vendor who failed to perform agreed services.
Obtained directed verdict for defendant commercial real estate tenant at trial for breach of lease.
Represented California-based company against Texas-based company in a series of cases in California federal court, Texas state and federal court, and AAA arbitrations, involving trade secret, non-competition, and non-solicitation claims.
Aided in representation of industrial client plaintiff seeking damages and injunction for trade secret violations and trademark infringement.
Assisted in representation of health care company against former employees for trade secret and non-competition violations.
Member of a litigation team defending an investment firm in a $6 billion lawsuit that alleged RICO violations, fraud, and tortious interference. The team won dismissal of the case on the eve of trial.
Aided in representation of independent directors of a publicly-traded company in a federal shareholder derivative suit. Assisted in conducting an internal investigation of the company’s accounting and business practices, in order to aid the directors in determining the proper course of action.
Assisted in successful defense of independent director asserting lack of personal jurisdiction in plaintiffs’ suit against corporation. The plaintiffs were forced to release the director from the suit.
Assisted in successful defense of oil and gas production company against fraud claims. The plaintiffs were ultimately forced to drop the suit.
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University of Connecticut School of Law
J.D., high honors
Executive Editor, Connecticut Law Review
Connecticut Moot Court Board
B.A., Government, cum laude
U.S. District Courts
Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas