CHRISTOPHER S. AYRES

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csayres@ayreslawoffice.com
O: (972) 991-2222
F: (972) 386-0091


Certifications

Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Civil Trial Law
Personal Injury Trial Law

Board Certified, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Civil Trial Advocacy

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Trials and Arbitrations
  • Personal Injury Trials
  • Consumer Products/Fraud Trials and Arbitrations
  • Class Action Trials and Arbitrations
  • Appellate Practice
  • Representation of Medical Professionals
  • Representation for Legal Professionals
  • Employment Law and Public Safety Union Representation

Testimonials

"During my time as a state district court judge, I observed hundreds of attorneys in court. Chris Ayres is as good as it gets. His reputation among the judges is superior. He has earned his professional reputation by combining the right mix of aggressive advocacy and candor that produces results. When I have an important matter for my family or close friends, Chris is the first person I call because I trust his judgment without reservation."

James M. Stanton
Former State District Judge, 134th Judicial District


"My wife was killed at the of age 22 in a car accident when I was only 25. Chris Ayres took my case and worked tirelessly for me and was fearless in court. When we won the verdict that made responsible parties finally be held accountable, there were tears in his eyes and mine. I finally got the closure I needed to move forward with life. Chris, Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

Joel Fudge

No matter what legal issue is presented, from the moment Chris first speaks to a client until the case is resolved, he maintains a strict focus on not only meeting, but exceeding the goals and expectations of his clients.  Without such an approach, Chris believes some level of failure is unavoidable.  Chris partners with his clients in a way that most law firms, which are risk-averse and bogged down by bureaucracy, simply cannot or will not do.  He invests his time and resources with a level of commitment and passion that has earned him respect from jurist and peers alike.

An unwavering commitment to this philosophy has resulted in an established track record of success.  Before the age of 30 and every year since, Chris has been recognized by his peers as one of all lawyers under the age of 40 in the State of Texas – an honor given to less than 2.5% of all eligible attorneys.  By the age of 31, Chris was the youngest lawyer in Texas double board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in civil trial law and personal injury trial law.  He is one of 50 lawyers in the entire State of Texas to hold those certifications and certification by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in the area of civil trial advocacy.  Between the years of 2009-2011, Chris served as lead counsel in two separate cases where his clients’ favorable verdicts were named “Verdict of the Week” and a “Featured Verdict” in Verdict Search, a state-wide jury reporting service.

Representative Clients/Cases

  • Defense verdict of no liability and damages in commercial dispute involving claims of breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation in state court in Dallas County, Texas.
  • 3.3 million dollar verdict as lead counsel for plaintiffs in trucking lawsuit in state court in McLennan County, Texas.
  • Defense verdict as co-lead counsel in commercial arbitration involving partnership dissolution and trade name dispute in Rusk County, Texas
  • 5.7 million dollar verdict as counsel for plaintiffs in products liability lawsuit against automobile manufacturer in state court in Dallas County, Texas.
  • “Judgment of No Discipline” as lead counsel for lawyer before Board of Disciplinary Appeals with State Bar of Texas seeking mandatory, reciprocal discipline in Travis County, Texas.
  • Judgment of no liability and damages as lead counsel for defendants in breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and conversion case in state court in McLennan County, Texas
  • Dismissal as co-lead counsel of complaint against doctor before Texas Medical Board surrounding issue of misconduct, inaccurate medical record-keeping and failure to supervise in Travis County, Texas.
  • Permanent injunction as lead counsel for plaintiff prohibiting future operation of day care facility following abuse and injury to child in state court in Dallas County, Texas.
  • $550,000.00 verdict as lead counsel for plaintiff in products liability and workplace negligence trial in federal court in Texarkana, Texas (pre-suit offer of $20,000.00)
  • $470,000.00 verdict as lead counsel for plaintiff in trucking lawsuit in state court in Robertson County, Texas (pre-suit offer of $0.00)

Admissions & Recognition

Licensed to practice before all state courts of Texas

Licensed to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern,
Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court

Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013

Texas Super Lawyer, 2013

National Trial Lawyers, “Top 40 Texas Attorneys under 40,” 2012 and 2013

“AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Court-appointed Guardian ad litem and Attorney ad litem

Legal and Medical Certifications

Texas Board of Legal Specialization,
Civil Trial Law
Civil Pretrial Advocacy
Personal Injury Trial Law

National Board of Trial Advocacy,
Civil Trial Advocacy

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians,
Emergency Medical Technical – Basic

Texas Department of State Health Services,
Emergency Medical Technical – Basic

Education

J.D., Baylor School of Law

  • General Civil Litigation Concentration
  • Order of Barristers
  • Baylor Mock Trial Inter-Scholastic Team
  • Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Society
  • Executive President, Student Bar Association

B.A., Political Science and Public Policy, magna cum laude, Southern Methodist University

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Departmental Distinction, Political Science Department
  • Golden Key Honor Society

EMT-B, University of Southwestern School of Health Professionals

Faculty and Teaching Experience

Baylor School of Law, Mock Trial Team Instructor and Coach

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine

University of Texas Southwestern School of Health Professionals, Paramedic Lecturer

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Texas Board of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Advisory Commission
College of the State of Bar of Texas
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association

Community & Family

A Dallas native and life-long resident, Chris serves a number of non-profit community organizations with a focus on first responders.  He is an active member of a church where he has been a member since childhood.  Chris married his high school sweetheart Kelley and they are blessed with two wonderful sons, Wyatt and Cooper.  In his spare time, Chris enjoys chasing his kids, attending Mavericks and Rangers games, playing basketball, studying early American history, and attempting to play golf.

Members, Board of Directors, Friends of the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
Member, Board of Trustees, Episcopal Foundation of Dallas
Member, Board of Trustees, Gaston Episcopal Hospital Foundation
Member, HeROs Alliance, Genesis Women’s Shelter
Lifetime Member, Baylor Law School Alumni Association
Member, Episcopal School of Dallas Alumni Association
Member, Episcopal School of Dallas Annual Fund Committee
Member, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration Vestry
Senior Warden, 2014
Junior Warden, 2013
Rector Search Committee Member, 2013-2014
Member, Cooper Aerobics Center
Member, Northwood Club

Publications & Presentations

Ayres, C. and Allen, L., Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Texas, The Advocate – International Civil Litigation in U.S. Court, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section (2013)

Ayres, C. and Cherry, C., Staying Focused on Victory: Killing as Opposed to Challenging Your Opponent’s Expert Witness, Litigation Counsel of America Renaissance Symposium VII (2013)

Ayres, C. and Cherry, C., Are You Going to Believe Technology or Your Lying Eyes, Litigation Counsel of America, Litigation Counsel of America Renaissance Symposium VII (2013)

Ayres, R., Ayres, C. and Blakeley, S., Rescue Me: A Texas Fire Officer’s Guide to Legal Issues in Fire and EMS Operations and Administration, North Central Texas Fire Chiefs’ Association (2011)

Ayres, R. and Ayres, C., Legal Considerations for Texas Emergency Medical Service Providers, University of Texas Southwestern School of Health Professionals (2011, 2009, 2007, 2005)

Ayres, C., Excluding the Opposing Expert Witness on Qualifications and Reliability Grounds, Coffee and Donuts Series in the 134th Judicial District Court (2010).

Ayres, C. and Beeson, J., EMS and the DEA – Experience Can Help Prevent Exposure, State of the Science, Journal of Emergency Medical Services (2010).

Ayres, C., Issues of Legal Liability for Athletic Trainers¸ North Texas Association of Athletic Trainers Annual Seminar (2007).

Ayres, C., Considering Settlement? Current Issues Relating to the Stowers Doctrine, The Advocate – Insurance & Litigation, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section (2006).

Ayres, C., An Update on the Status of Negligent Entrustment Law in Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association 2006 Car Wreck Seminar (2005).

Ayres, R. and Ayres, C., Experts in Products Liability Litigation, Fourth Annual Advanced Expert Witness Course, State Bar of Texas (2004).