Vance Christopher is a commercial litigator but more importantly, he is a trial lawyer. He has been trying cases to juries as lead counsel since 1981, first, as an assistant district attorney for the Harris County District Attorney's office, then, as a trial lawyer at Crain Caton & James. He has tried over 40 criminal jury trials and 50 civil cases. When the case justifies it, Vance can assemble and manage a formidable team of trial and appellate lawyers and staff to litigate commercial disputes, large probate matters, fiduciary claims (including commercial, guardianship, trust and estate matters), and mass torts. Vance’s advice is informed at every turn by over 37 years of trying cases to judges, juries, and arbitrators.
In addition to trying and arbitrating cases and handling appeals, Vance also takes great satisfaction in collaborating with clients to resolve their litigation problems before trial. He has found however, that clients can only achieve favorable settlements when their lawyer is an effective and experienced trial lawyer.
Vance has been Board Certified in Civil Trial and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993. He has completed the University of Houston's Commercial Arbitration course and received a Certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills from AA White Dispute Resolution Center.