Christopher J. Pettit

Christopher J. Pettit

Attorney
Location:
San Antonio, Texas
Phone:
888-592-9136
Fax:
210-764-1718
Email:

Chris Pettit is a founding partner of Chris Pettit & Associates, a professional corporation in San Antonio. 

The full-service law firm's practice includes helping clients avoid probate, protect their assets, and provide for the security of their loved ones with a well-crafted estate plan in the event of death or disability.  His practice includes extensive experience administering trusts and estates.

Mr. Pettit has also represented numerous families in claims for negligence and product defects resulting in the death of a loved one.  He and the firm have pursued cases involving automobile defects, defective manufacturing equipment, pipeline explosions, and aviation, boat, and automobile accidents resulting in wrongful death.  In these cases, the law firm has earned jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $150,000,000.

Professional Experience

In addition to his work with clients concerned about protecting their families from the devastating legal effects of disability and death, Mr. Pettit has taught law at both the San Antonio School of Law and Our Lady of the Lake University.  He is also the author of several articles on legal procedure, has authored three books on litigation and estate planning, and has served as briefing attorney to the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston. Mr. Pettit is admitted to practice before all state courts in Texas as well as the U.S. District Court of New York and in the Western District of Texas. 

He is a member of the American and San Antonio Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Trial Lawyers Associations of Texas and San Antonio, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.  He has also served as a director of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.

In conjunction with his law practice, Mr. Pettit serves on the Board of Directors of numerous private corporations and foundations as well as publicly traded companies.

Education

Mr. Pettit did his undergraduate work in economics at Harvard University and graduated with distinction at The University of Dallas.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from St Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, where he was associate editor of The Law Journal.

Personal Profile

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Pettit has often served as a volunteer speaker for church and alumni functions.  An accomplished and dynamic speaker, Mr. Pettit regularly presents educational seminars for the public as well as to private groups on the importance of proper estate planning and other insurance and liability issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • Juris Doctor
    • Law Journal: St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • University of Dallas
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Economics

Classes/Seminars

  • Mr. Pettit has taught law at both the National Christian School of Law and Our Lady of the Lake University

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Texas and San Antonio
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • 14th Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, Briefing Attorney