Christina "Chris" Bryan has been fighting for businesses and individuals in the healthcare and energy industries for over twenty years. As a trial lawyer, she has tried cases to verdict for plaintiffs and defendants, won appeals in state and federal court, handled arbitrations, resolved countless cases through mediation, and negotiated creative settlements. Clients respect her as a zealous advocate who has earned immense credibility in the courtroom and with her opponents and peers. She has a reputation for being the “voice of reason,” who masters the details of her cases and is willing to do battle, but never loses sight of the impact litigation has on her client’s business and bottom line.
In her healthcare practice, Ms. Bryan has represented a large hospital system in hundreds of professional negligence suits, a biopharmaceutical company on securities fraud and shareholder derivative claims, various hospitals on FCA retaliation, breach of contract and Section 1983 claims, and individual physicians and physician groups in business disputes. She also consults on issues such as HIPAA compliance and privacy. In a frequentlycited healthcare case, she obtained a summary judgment in federal district court that helped define the limits of a cause of action under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act and then successfully briefed and argued the appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Bryan’s energy industry clients include one of the largest landbased drilling companies, a top drive manufacturer, an oilfield valve manufacturer, and various oilfield service companies, petrochemical companies, and energyfocused private equity groups. She has recently represented energy clients in cases involving breach of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud, conspiracy, trade secrets, copyright, and shareholder derivative claims under state and federal securities laws.
Repeatedly recognized by Texas Super Lawyers and by Benchmark Litigation, Ms. Bryan earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas, both with highest honors. She graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and clerked for the Honorable Homer Thornberry on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Bryan is active in the Houston community as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inprint, a nonprofit organization that has developed Houston’s growing reputation as a literary city, and as a Board Member of Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
Obtained a complete victory for hospital system and helped define the limits of potential patient claims under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Ms. Bryan briefed, argued, and won summary judgment in federal district court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of her client.
- Obtained a complete victory on claims that for hospital home health and
durable medical equipment division violated False Claims Act and fired employee
in retaliation for reporting fraud.
Obtained complete victory for hospital and hospital employee accused of violating civil rights of a hospital guest.
- Successfully defended a community hospital in a suit alleging the
hospital committed professional negligence and made deceptive statements in
print on its website.
- Represented a long-term, skilled nursing facility in a False Claims Act Qui Tam action alleging long-term care pharmacy provided unlawful incentives in violation of anti-kickback statutes and the False Claims Act. Client was dismissed from the lawsuit.
- Successfully represented various physicians and physician groups against insurance company claims for statutory and contract violations and in disputes involving non-competition agreements.
- Represent a hospital system on claims it violated HIPAA and privacy rights of employee/patient.
- Represent a bio-pharmaceutical company in a class action derivative suit alleging officers and directors made false and misleading statements about the company’s FDA New Drug Application.
- Member of successful trial team that obtained an acquittal for the Deepwater Horizon BP well site leader, Robert Kaluza. After a nearly two-week trial, the jury found Mr. Kaluza “not guilty” after deliberating for less than an hour.
- Obtained TROs and attractive settlements for several industrial and oilfield service companies whose former employees formed competing companies.
- Obtained complete dismissal of a federal court shareholder derivative and class action suit filed against a $4 billion publicly-held, energy company. The suit arose out of a much-publicized potential $100 million severance obligation to the company's former CEO.
- Represent a drilling company in a breach of contract and fraud suit filed by a potential purchaser of a subsidiary. Ms. Bryan defeated a TRO attempt in Texas state courts and worked with Bermuda counsel to dissolve an ex parte injunction there, to pave the way for the sale to another buyer. Ms. Bryan now represents the drilling company in Texas state court where the plaintiff has asserted claims for breach of contract, fraud, and tortious interference.
- Successfully represented a leading drilling technology company against former employees who formed a competing company to design and sell top drives. Ms. Bryan obtained a TRO and negotiated a settlement that included a permanent injunction in favor of her client.
- Defended a well-testing and safety services company against theft of trade secret claims. After forensic discovery based on extensive electronic discovery protocols, the case was resolved favorably.
- Defended an energy company employee against claims for breach of non-compete. Case was resolved favorably after discovery and briefing demonstrating non-compete was unenforceable.
- Represent a large oilfield service company in an arbitration involving claims for theft of trade secrets.
Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, since 2011
Future Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2015 - present
Houston Bar Association Service Award, 2010
Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
American Bar Foundation Fellow
United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Houston Bar Association: Health Law Section; Former Chairperson of the Litigation Section, Former Co-Chair of the Communities in Schools Committee and Habitat for Humanity Committee.
Association of Women Attorneys, Former Vice President of Communications.
American Bar Association, Health Law and Litigation Sections.
Inprint, Chairman and Board Member
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Board Member
Harvard Law School Alumni Association, Houston Chapter