Christina M. Carroll
PEOPLE

Christina M. Carroll

Associate
carroll.christina@dorsey.com

Overview

Christina is a creative and detail-oriented trial lawyer who has handled disputes across several industries, such as oil and gas, construction, jewelry, healthcare, wedding and photography, multi-level marketing (MLM), religious organizations, and investment banking.

Christina has represented clients with an array of matters, including trusts and estates, defamation, theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, breach on non-compete and non-solicitation, discrimination, employment, disability benefits, eviction, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), embezzlement, Texas Citizens Participation Act (Anti-SLAPP), fraud, and bill of review.

At a time in a client’s life when stresses may be high and livelihoods or business may be on the line, Christina recognizes that close attention to detail and creative solutions can result in favorable outcomes. A former Division-I athlete, a recipient of two legal degrees in three years, and both a board member and volunteer of several non-profits, Christina is no stranger to hard work, teamwork, or advocacy for others.

Education & Admissions

Duke University School of Law (J.D. & LL.M (Master of Laws), International and Comparative Law, 2014)

Vanderbilt University (B.A., Political Science, 2011)

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Experience

Representative Work

Construction

  • Represented development company that sued developers for breach of contract dispute relating to high-profile development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Favorably resolved.
Healthcare 
  • Represented employee sued by former employer for claims of theft of trade secrets and breach of noncompete.  Favorably resolved.
  • Defended owners of healthcare company against employees alleging Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.  Favorably resolved.
Investment Banking
  • Successfully defended a $2 million claim by an investment bank against another investment bank in a declaratory judgment action.
Jewelry 
  • Represented lawyers sued by jeweler for RICO and breach of fiduciary duty claims based on alleged extortion scheme publicized in response to the lawyers’ exposure of the jeweler’s possible diamond overgrading.  The case involved multi-forum litigation, including Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, Middle District of Florida, and District of D.C.  Favorably resolved.
Multi-Level Marketing
  • Represented company in various suits by third parties for actions of former and purported independent business owners (IBO) who used company intellectual property to pawn off their own goods.  Favorably resolved.
Oil and Gas 
  • Obtained the #15 Verdict in the Nation (The National Law Journal) with a $94 million verdict, resulting in a $45 million judgment for Intervenors.  The case centered around breach of fiduciary duty and civil conspiracy by a lawyer.  On appeal.
  • Defended one of the nation’s largest oil and gas companies in a breach of contract dispute involving the Cline Shale.  Pending.
Wedding and Photography
  • Represented a wedding photographer who sued her former wedding clients for defamation.  Those former clients then filed an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss.  The court denied the motion to dismiss, one of the rare few denials at the time.  Jury ultimately returned a verdict for photographer.

News & Resources

Legal Writings

  • Texas Fiduciary Damages: Whose Law Is It Anyway (And Recent Case Updates), 9th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, Chapter 9 (2017), A. Shonn Brown & Christina M. Carroll
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damages—Texas, 25 Corporate Counsel Review 2, 159 (2016), Michael K. Hurst & Christina (Mullen) Carroll

Industries & Practices

International Arbitration & Litigation
Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Health Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration & Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Oil & Gas
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Trusts & Estates Litigation

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Camp John Marc (Board Member)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (Member; former Aid to the Homeless Committee Co-chair; 2015 Leadership Class)
  • Dallas Bar Association (Member)

Community Involvement

  • Feed My Starving Children (Volunteer, Former Dallas Development Committee Member)
Christina M. Carroll