Christine P. Leatherberry
The family law attorney understands that her clients are going through difficult times, whether they are experiencing a divorce, child custody or visitation matter, or splitting the family business. Often family law clients must work through the stages of grief while trying to create a secure foundation for their new lives. Because of her compassion, zeal and ability to communicate with people, you could say Christine is a natural-born family lawyer.
Christine is equally comfortable in the courtroom as she is counseling her clients one-on-one. She has successfully represented both mothers and fathers in cases where the judge awarded her client primary custody. Christine has also been interviewed on WFAA Channel 8 about how to speak to children about divorce.
As an undergraduate, she worked as a paralegal in a family law firm for three years. Then after law school, while she got a good grounding on the business side as a civil litigator, she took every opportunity to work on the firm’s family law cases. In one case, she successfully defended against a challenge to a post-marital partition agreement. Christine also successfully challenged a geographic restriction in a divorce decree as part of a suit affecting parent-child relationship. She represented several business owners in their divorces and obtained favorable outcomes that protected those interests.
Now she is an associate at Connatser Family Law in the Uptown area of Dallas. “Christine is extremely passionate about her clients,” says Managing Member Aubrey Connatser. “She puts herself right in the middle of their chaos, protecting them against the unreasonableness of the system. She has a rare ability to empathize.”
Christine earned her Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin with high honors in 2003 and her Juris Doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law graduating cum laude in 2006. In law school, Christine earned a Trial Advocacy Scholarship, was on the Board of Advocates, was selected the Executive Board Member of the Year, and interned for Judge Jay Patterson of the 101st Judicial District Court.
In 2012 and 2013, Christine was a panelist speaker on professional development and the practice of law at SMU Dedman School of Law. She was also a panelist speaker at the Handling Your First Jury Trial CLE at the Texas Law Center in December 2011. Christine is a Barrister in the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court. She is a member of the Archer Fellow Alumni Association, an organization she founded in 2003, and is a past president.
Christine believes in volunteering and giving back to the community. She is a past chair of the Dallas Junior Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a Big Sister to the same Little for over 11 years. She is a member of the Junior League of Dallas and this year serves on the Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee. In the past, she volunteered at Education is Freedom, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Methodist Dallas Medical Center in the NICU, and was on the Junior League Education Committee. She has also been a Junior Associates Member at the Dallas Museum of Art and a mentor for the Dallas Texas Exes Mentorship Program. Christine serves on The Archer Center Advisory Board and is on the SMU Dedman School of Law Reunion Host Committee. In 2016, she helped create and chair the “Moms in Law” special interest group of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. This year she is also on the Host Committee for the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luncheon.
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