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“We help people work through one of the worst possible times in their lives. After their case is over, we enjoy seeing how their lives are unfolding and how their resilience has paid off. Oftentimes we see them take on a new career, see their kids thrive, perhaps fall in love again, and find happiness. We help them rebuild their lives. That’s why I practice family law.”
Christine P. Leatherberry was named one of the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in the state for the past two years. This year, she was named to the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Texas. For the past five years, she has also been honored by Thomson Reuters on the exclusive list of Texas Rising Stars.
Christine Leatherberry is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board certification is earned by a showing of special competence in a specific practice area such as family law. Christine is one of a select group of attorneys to earn this distinction by passing a rigorous examination and demonstrating extraordinary knowledge and experience in family law.
Christine understands that her clients are going through difficult times, whether they are experiencing a divorce, child custody issue, or splitting the family business. Because of her compassion, empathy, and ability to communicate with people, she 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 been interviewed on WFAA Channel 8 about how to speak to children about divorce.
In the fall of 2001, she interned in the White House for First Lady Laura Bush in the Projects Office supporting reading and early childhood cognitive development initiatives. In conjunction with that internship, she was awarded a fellowship in The University of Texas System Bill Archer Fellowship Program. In college, she was also President of Beta Alpha Rho Pre-Law Fraternity.
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.
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 serves on the Centennial 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 and Grants for Innovative Teaching committees. She has been a Junior Associates Member at the Dallas Museum of Art and a mentor for the Dallas Texas Exes Mentorship Program. In 2016-2017, Christine was also on the Host Committee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luncheon and was on the board of the Preston Hollow Early Childhood Association. This year, Christine is active in her children’s school as Room Mom and the Teacher Appreciation Chair.
Christine was 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 and is on the Inn’s Leadership Committee. In 2016, she helped create and chair the “Moms in Law” special interest group of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and Dallas Bar Association.
Some representative clients and cases:
- Physician in a custody dispute involving substance abuse by spouse.
- Father in a mistaken paternity case involving interstate service, hiding of child, and allegations of misrepresentations.
- CEO and President of a company with deferred compensation issues.
- Mother in dispute over educational rights, selection of school district, and right to establish primary residence of child.
- Parent requesting to vaccinate their children when other parent won’t consent to vaccinations.
- Business owner in dispute over valuation of business.
- Father seeking protective order on behalf of his children against mother’s new boyfriend.
- Wife seeking protective order against her husband for family violence involving police intervention.
- Mother who lived out of state in a UCCJEA jurisdictional dispute where there was no home state.
- Wife asserting validity and enforceability of a premarital agreement in a summary judgment motion.
- Professional working overseas in an international custody dispute and dispute over foreign property.
- Mother of young child involving father with serious substance abuse issues where main issue was geographic restriction.
- Ex-wife in a post-divorce proceeding to divide undisclosed property involving fraud by non-disclosure by ex-husband.
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