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Chris Chauvin represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts. He focuses his practice on litigation, arbitration, and counseling on matters involving real estate, including real estate capital markets, with a current emphasis on special servicers in the CMBS market. Chris has extensive experience in all phases of commercial litigation, including serving as lead trial counsel for lenders, financial institutions, and private equity funds in jury trials and bench trials, obtaining injunctive relief and securing appointment of receivers in state and federal courts. He also has experience handling complex commercial litigation matters, including matters involving non-compete, defamation, and trade secret issues.

National ranking in “Litigation - Real Estate” in “Best Law Firms” 2020 by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

Named to the 2018 Under 40 Hot List by Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys

Serves as Thompson & Knight’s Pro Bono Chair

Representative Matters

  • Representing lenders, all manner of predecessor noteholders, and special servicers in connection with commercial real estate litigation in state and federal courts, including matters involving claims for breach of contract, fraudulent transfer, common-law fraud, conspiracy, RICO, and tortious interference
  • Represented major private equity fund and national bank as lead counsel in matter involving fraud and negligence claims involving commercial loan, resulting in favorable jury verdict, including attorneys’ fees
  • Represented real estate developer as plaintiff in arbitration proceeding resulting in complete victory for client, including award of attorneys’ fees
  • Represented offshore drilling company in case alleging antitrust and RICO violations, resulting in summary judgment in favor of client upheld by U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court
  • Represented oil and gas transportation company in parallel state court and arbitration proceedings involving claims for breach of non-compete agreement, fraud, and tortious interference
  • Represented an international energy company’s affiliates in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, indemnification, and other relief
  • Represented a major telecommunications company in a lawsuit involving claims for business disparagement, breach of contract, copyright infringement, and patent infringement
  • Represented national oil and gas company of foreign sovereign in federal lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of contract and involving issues of foreign sovereign immunity
  • Represented Fortune 500 telecommunications company in arbitration involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets, business disparagement, and breach of contract
  • Resolved fraud and breach of contract matter for major medical device distributor
  • Obtained receivership for a bank over secured collateral including more than 1,000 auto loans under threat of interference
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of public figure client dismissing claims of defamation, misappropriation of image, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and conversion
  • Obtained summary judgment from federal court dismissing premise liability claims against major retail client
  • Obtained partial summary judgment dismissing DTPA claims against major banking client
  • Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of oil and gas start-up company that allowed major credit facility to close

Prior Employment

  • Law Clerk for the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2004-2005

Honors & Affiliations


  • Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2016-2018
  • Top 100 Texas Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (General Litigation, Business Litigation), 2012-2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (General Litigation, Business Litigation), 2020


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, CRE Finance Council; Amicus Brief Task Force
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Young Voters Committee
  • Firm Director, South Dallas Legal Clinic
  • Associate, Higginbotham Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors, Dallas Summer Musicals
  • Member, LSU Alumni Chapter of Dallas
  • Thompson & Knight Pro Bono Chair

Education & Admissions


  • J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law, 2004, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center; Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review, 2003-2004; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., 2001, magna cum laude, Louisiana State University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court