South Texas College of Law Houston, JD, magna cum laude, 2012
Marymount University, Arlington, VA, MA Forensic Psychology, 2004
University of Texas at Austin, BA Psychology, Minor in Sociology, 2002
Houston Bar Association (prior member of the Gender Fairness Committee, prior member of the Professionalism Committee), Association of Women Attorneys, American Bar Association, Texas Land Title Institute, Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Baker Institute of Emerging Leaders – prior member. In 2021, she was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer.
100% committed to her clients, Christin is a litigator and appellate lawyer with “first chair” trial experience, and has represented individuals and businesses in a wide range of disputes, including nuisance, breach of contract, construction defect, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud, and across a spectrum of practice areas, including construction litigation, health law, school law, employment disputes, real estate litigation and personal injury, and at all stages of trial and appeals.
Christin is a native Houstonian, and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a proud member of The University of Texas Longhorn Band. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then received a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. While completing her Master’s Degree, Christin worked as a Sentencing Advocate Intern at the Public Defender’s Office in Fairfax, Virginia. She also worked with patients at a local mental health center, using that experience to later identify and examine mental health legal issues for indigent defendants.
Christin then began work as a Mitigation Investigator with the Capital Defender’s Office in Northern Virginia. It was there that she developed her passion for legal advocacy, particularly for the disadvantaged and mentally ill. In this role, Christin worked hand-in-hand with experienced attorneys and conducted international, psychosocial background investigations of indigent clients charged with capital murder, interviewed potential witnesses and experts to develop mitigation themes in support of lesser sentences, and prepared guilt and penalty phase trial presentations.
Christin graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Texas College of Law in 2012, where she won a mock trial advocacy award, received highest grade awards in Legal Writing and Criminal Trial Advocacy, and was honored with the Judge John G. Bowes Memorial Writing Award. Her work on intellectual disability law in Texas was subsequently published in the South Texas Law Review. She was also a member of the Order of the Lytae, the Houston Young Lawyers Association and volunteered with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston. During her time in law school, Christin was a Law Clerk for Rusty Hardin & Associates, where she focused on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation. Christin also interned with the Texas Defender Service, where she was an integral member of the legal team that obtained an eleventh-hour stay of execution for Duane Buck after uncovering a pivotal legal issue involving racial stereotyping.
Prior to joining Shackelford, she litigated a variety of cases in state and federal courts, obtaining three favorable verdicts as “first chair” trial counsel, and favorably resolved dozens of other cases on summary judgment, or at mediation.
Christin is a member of the Houston Bar Association, Association of Women Attorneys, American Bar Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. In 2021, she was recognized by Thompson Reuters as a Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer.
Outside of work, Christin enjoys reading, crossword puzzles, and swimming. She also enjoys brunches and evenings out at Houston’s best restaurants and, most importantly, spending time with her husband, daughter, and step-kids.