Christian Shippee is a partner at Touchstone Bernays who defends clients in both federal and state court throughout the State of Texas. A large portion of his practice concerns employment and civil-rights related claims, including Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FHA, worker’s compensation retaliation, and other federal and state statutes. Additionally, he frequently defends personal injury, wrongful death, and premises security cases. He has also represented businesses and professionals in commercial disputes and professional liability claims, including small businesses, national manufacturing or service companies, local and national non-profit organizations, homeowners associations, apartment complexes, private schools, insurance agents, church organizations, and others.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Successfully defended homeowner’s association in federal FHA lawsuit.
Successfully defended apartment complex in wrongful death lawsuit.
Successfully defended apartment complex in personal injury lawsuit.
Successfully defended property owner and commercial association in premises liability lawsuit.
Successfully defended childhood education organization in federal ADEA, ADA, and worker’s compensation retaliation lawsuit.
Successfully defended youth organization in wrongful death lawsuit.
Successfully defended vocational training center in breach of employment contract, tortious interference, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress lawsuit.
Successfully defended charter school in worker’s compensation retaliation lawsuit.
Successfully defended insurance agency in cross-action by broker for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, and contribution.
Successfully defended religious organization in breach of contract lawsuit.
Successfully defended restaurant in personal injury lawsuit.
Successfully defended apartment complex in premises security lawsuit.
Successfully defended individual in tortious interference lawsuit.
Successfully defended woman’s shelter in federal ADEA lawsuit.
Successfully defended security guard in personal injury assault lawsuit.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2001
Texas Journal of Business Law
Recipient of Roberta Wright Reeves Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
Houston Young Lawyers Leadership Academy, 2004
Texas Tech University, BA History and Political Science, 1998
Honors & Awards
Selected as Rising Star in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Fraternal and Professional Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
Phi Delta Phi (Magister of Roberts Inn, 2001).
Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society
Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
Golden Key International Honour Society
Mr. Shippee, an army brat, was born in Fort Campbell Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After scoring well on the ASVAB, his father asked him to break their family’s tradition of joining the military and, instead, go to college and “become a lawyer or something.” After completing undergraduate studies in History and Political Science at Texas Tech University, he graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors in 2001. He then served a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Chief Judge Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida before moving into private practice in 2003.
Today, Christian and his wife, Amy, live in Fate, Texas, with their five children: Joshua, Sarah, Caleb, Jonah, and Tabitha.