Former District Judge Chris Oldner Joins Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson


Addition of Oldner to bolster litigation expertise at renowned Texas Family Law boutique

DALLAS – Former state District Judge Chris Oldner has joined the Dallas and Frisco offices of the Family Law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, as Of Counsel.

“Chris has a profound understanding of Family Law litigation that only comes from being on the bench for more than 16 years,” said firm Partner Keith Nelson. “Those insights will greatly enhance the work we are already doing on behalf of clients. We are excited to welcome him to the firm.”

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Judge Oldner was appointed in 2003 by then-Gov. Rick Perry to be the first judge of the newly created 416th District Court in Collin County, where he presided over both criminal and civil cases, including Family Law disputes. He served the 416th District for three full terms. Judge Oldner also served as the presiding judge of Collin County Court at Law 5 from 2000 to 2003.

“As I looked toward the next chapter of my career, I found I was drawn to Family Law, and specifically to this firm,” said Judge Oldner. “I have always held a deep respect for the attorneys of Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson for their principled representation of their clients and their leadership among legal professionals.”

Judge Oldner earned his law degree in 1993 from the Texas Tech University School of Law and is a 1989 graduate of Baylor University. He clerked for former state District Judge Alvin Khoury in Longview and worked as a prosecutor in the Smith County District Attorney’s Office before joining the Collin County District Attorney’s office as a chief felony prosecutor in 1995.

With 16 lawyers and offices in Dallas, San Antonio and Frisco, Texas, Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, is one of the largest firms in Texas focused solely on trials and appeals in Family Law cases. Four partners are featured on the Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers list. Every firm partner is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and all are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Orsinger holds additional board certification in Civil Appellate Law.