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Christopher L. Tritico

Christopher L. Tritico

Biography

Christopher L. Tritico, a native of Houston, Texas, received his Bachelors Degree at Sam Houston State University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence at South Texas College of Law.

Mr. Tritico is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and the Tenth Circuits, and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas.   He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, President 2012 and The Houston Bar Association.  Mr. Tritico was named one of Texas Super Lawyers 2003 - 2020 by Texas Monthly Magazine.  Mr. Tritico was named one of the Top Lawyers for the People by H Texas Magazine in 2005-2020.  Named one of Texas Top rated lawyers since 2012 and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2012 - 2020. America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney’s 2018-2020. In 2014 his name was placed on the Wall of Honor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University and given the Reflections of Hope Award by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.  Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum, Class XXXIII.

A criminal defense attorney his entire career, Mr. Tritico handles cases in both state and federal courts, ranging from environmental law to capital murder.  Mr. Tritico has represented notable athletes such as Moses Malone, former Houston Rocket, Gary Sheffield, All-Star third baseman for the Florida Marlins and Julio Lugo, former Houston Astro.  In 1997 Mr. Tritico was one of the trial lawyers representing Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City Bombing.  Since 1988, Mr. Tritico has represented the interest of professional educators; he is General Counsel for the Houston Federation of Teachers, Lone Star AFT, Cy Fair AFT, North East Houston AFT, Aldine AFT and The Fort Bend American Federation of Teachers. Mr. Tritico has represented teachers’ interest in both criminal district court and civil district court in Harris County, Texas as well as Federal Court.

Mr. Tritico began his career as an associate of famed attorney Richard “Racehorse” Haynes.  After leaving Mr. Haynes’ office in 1994, Mr. Tritico started his present firm Tritico Rainey, PLLC in 2011.  A regular speaker, Mr. Tritico has presented workshops in areas such as administrative rights for teachers and on criminal law. In 1988, Mr. Tritico authored an article entitled “Investigative Techniques Every Lawyer Should Know.”  In 1997 he authored “Teacher Contracts and the Hearing Process: The Road to Victory” The Houston Lawyer, March/April 1997, Vol. 34, No.5 and in 2008 he authored “Collision Course: When Criminal Law and School Law Meet” Voice for the Defense, October 2008, Vol 37, No. 8.

Mr. Tritico has appeared on Megyn Kelly Today, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Night Line, CBS Evening News, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, 20/20, CNN, Fox News Channel, Court TV and others, both nationally and internationally.  In 2018 The Oxygen Channel premiered “In Defense Of.” Mr. Tritico was Assistant Producer of the series and featured in the premier episode. Mr. Tritico is the host of Fox26Law on Fox 26 KRIV and the legal analyst for Fox 26 and New Radio 740 KTRH in Houston.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
    • B.S. - 1983
    • Major: Political Science

Honors

  • H Houston Magazine Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, 2005-2020
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2003-2020
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, 2012-2020
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2018-2020
  • Wall of Honor for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sam Houston State University, 2014
  • Reflections of Hope Award, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, 2014
  • Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum, Class XXXIII

Classes and Seminars

  • Regular Speaker, Houston Federation of Teachers
  • Presented Workshops in Areas Such as Administrative Rights and Techniques for Avoiding False Allegations of Child Abuse

Representative Clients

  • Moses Malone
  • Gary Sheffield
  • Julio Lugo
  • Timothy McVeigh
  • Houston Federation of Teachers
  • Lone Star AFT
  • Cy Fair AFT
  • North East Houston AFT
  • Aldine AFT
  • Fort Bend American Federation of Teachers

Past Positions

  • Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Associate

Published Works

  • Teacher Contracts and the Hearing Process: The Road to Victory, The Houston Lawyer, Vol. 34, No. 5, March/April, 1997
  • A Practical Guide to Policing Student on Student Sexual Harassment, State Bar of Texas School Law Section News Letter, Vol. 4, No. 1, April, 2000
  • Real Culprit in Yates Case is the System, Texas Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 4, April, 2002
  • "Investigative Techniques Every Lawyer Should Know"

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Federal Criminal
  • Environmental Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Education Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Civil Litigation
  • Juvenile Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2001

Representative Cases

  • Reynolds v. State, 856 S.W.2d 547, 84 Ed. Law Rep. 571, 1993, Tex.App.- Hous., 1st Dist., 1993107476
  • Goodie v. Houston Independent School Dist., 57 S.W. 3ed 646, 158 Ed. Law. Rep. 866, 2001, Tex. App.-Hous. 14th Dist., 1900008084
  • Sarsfield v. State, 11 S.W. 3d 326, 1999, Tex. App. Hous. 14th Dist, 2000057816