Chris Oldner

Chris Oldner

Of Counsel
Offices: Dallas | Frisco
Tel: 214-273-2400 Email: LinkedIn:

Biography

Former Judge Chris Oldner has spent his entire career inside courtrooms. After beginning his career as a district attorney’s office prosecutor, he served three years as the judge of Collin County Court at Law 5 before being appointed in 2003 to be the first judge of the 416th Texas District Court.

As the presiding judge of the general jurisdiction district court for 13 years, Chris heard Family Law, as well as civil and criminal cases, providing him with a profound understanding of courtroom strategy and procedure. Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he holds the distinction of not having a single criminal case ruling overturned during his tenure on the bench.

His work has earned him the respect of not only those who have appeared before him in court, but also his professional peers. In 2016, he was unanimously elected as the chair of the State Bar of Texas Judicial Section and is also a member of the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association. In addition, he is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

He has been the recipient of the Mari Kay Bickett Judicial Excellence Through Education Award and the Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award from Texas Center for the Judiciary, and in 2007 earned a State Bar of Texas Presidential Commendation.

A father of three, Chris is dedicated to issues involving the protection and well-being of children. He served as the co-chair of the Judicial Disproportionality Workgroup for the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Commission for Children, Youth and Families’ Court Improvement Project, and as a member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s Children’s Justice Act Task Force.

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2002

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1993

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas

  • J.D. – 1993

 

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

  • B.A. – 1989
  • Major: Political Science

Published Works and Presentations

Social Media in the Criminal Case: Do’s and Don’ts, Texas College for Judicial Studies, 2014

Indictments and Charging Instruments, Texas College for Judicial Studies, 2013

Jury Trial of a Family Law Case, Frisco Bar Association, 2012

Advanced Civil Discovery and Evidence, NBI Trial Practice Conference, 2012

Expedited Hearings in Family Law Cases, State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, 2011

Advanced Trial Advocacy, Frisco Bar Association, 2011

A Conversation With the Collin County Judiciary, Dallas Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 2011

How to Snatch Defeat From the Jaws of Victory: The Top Ten Mistakes Trial Lawyers Make, Collin County Young Lawyers CLE Breakfast With The Judges, 2011

Effective Representation in Family Law Cases, Family Law on the Front Lines, 2010

What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, NBI Trial Practice Judicial Forum, 2010

Legislative Update: Criminal and Capital Murder, Annual Judicial Education Conference, 2009

Collaborative Solutions Judicial Panel, Collaborative Solutions Seminar 2009

Models of Effective Presentation, Family Law on the Front Lines, 2009

The Effective Use of Demonstrative Evidence, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, 2009

Civil Court Judicial Forum: Practice Tips, Evidence and Expert Witnesses, NBI Trial Practice Judicial Forum, 2009

What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, NBI Trial Practice Judicial Forum, 2008

Best Practices for Proving-up Agreed Judgments, National Association of Settlement Purchasers Conference, 2008

Navigating the Courtroom without Sinking the Boat, Collin County Bar Association, 2008

Practical Tips for Courtroom Practice-Evidence and Discovery, Trial Litigation Section, 2008

Best Practices for Family Law Practitioners, Family Law on the Front Lines, 2008

Judge’s Bullpen, Advanced Family Law Conference, 2007

Personal Injury Suits in Collin County, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, 2007

Insanity and the Criminal Justice System: A Case Study, Texas Hospital Association Annual Psychiatric Services Conference, 2006

Insanity and the Criminal Justice System: A Case Study, East Texas Regional Psychiatric Conference, 2006

The Trial of a Family Law Case, Collin County Bench Bar Conference, 2005

The progression of a Criminal Case, Collin County District Attorney’s Media Seminar, 2004

Voir Dire, Collin County Young Lawyers Association, 2003

Borders and Boundaries Parent Resource Guide, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2001

The Use of Negotiation Tapes in a Kidnapping Trial: A Case Study, The California Association of Hostage Negotiators Annual Conference, 2000

Honors and Awards

Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court Sergeant at Arms Award, 2014

Texas Center for the Judiciary, Mari Kay Bickett Judicial Excellence Through Education Award, 2011

Texas Center for the Judiciary, Exemplary Judicial Faculty Award, 2010

State Bar of Texas, Presidential Commendation, 2007

Texas Young Lawyers Association, President’s Award of Merit, 2001

Collin County Bar Association, President’s Service Star Award, 1999

Collin County Young Lawyers Association, Outstanding Young Lawyer of Collin County, 1998-99

Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Member

State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Member

State Bar of Texas, Judicial Section, Chair-Elect, 2015-2016

State Bar of Texas, Judicial Section, Director, 2014-2016

American Judges Association, Board of Governors, 2014-2016

College of the State Bar of Texas, Member

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Commission for Children, Youth and Families’ Court Improvement Project, Judicial Disproportionality Workgroup, Co-Chair, 2013-2016

Texas Center for the Judiciary, Board of Directors, 2010-2012

Texas Center for the Judiciary, Curriculum Committee, Chair, 2010-2012

Texas Center for the Judiciary Curriculum Committee, Member, 2008-2012

Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Criminal Law Advisory Commission, 2012-2016

Texas Center for the Judiciary Children’s Justice Act Task Force, Member, 2009-2016

Texas Center for the Judiciary Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, Chair, 2013-2014

Texas Center for the Judiciary Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, Legislative Affairs Committee, Chair, 2011-2013

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Bench Book Judicial Advisory Committee, Chair, 2011

Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court, President, 2011-2013

Texas Association for Court Administration, Judicial Advisory Board Member, 2003-2006

Curt B. Henderson Inn of Court, Founding Master and First President, 2010

Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Fellow

Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, District Court Judicial Liaison, 2004-2005

Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Judicial Chair, 2001-2003

Collin County Bench Bar Conference, Vice-Chair, 2000

William “Mac” Taylor American Inn of Court, Master

Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director

Collin County Bar Association, Director

Collin County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, Chair, 1998-2000

Frisco Bar Association, President, 2005-2006

Frisco Bar Association, Vice-President, 2003-2004

Collin County Young Lawyers Association, Founding Member

Collin County Young Lawyers Association, President, 1999-2000

Collin County Young Lawyers Association, Frisco High School Supreme Team Project, Chair, 1998

Community Involvement

Collin County Health Care Committee Advisory Board, 2010-Present

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Advisory Board, 2002-2009

St. Gabriel the Archangel Youth Group, Paraclete Mentor, 2004-2007

Leadership Frisco Curriculum Committee, 2000-2007

City (Collin Intervention to Youth) House, Board of Directors, 2000-2005

St. Francis Catholic Community Youth Group, Founding Member, 1997-2004

American Red Cross of North Texas, Board of Directors, 1999-2002

Leadership Frisco, 1999