Christopher A. Lotz

Partner

713.654.5855

clotz@fulkersonlotz.com

Chris has practiced law since 2001, with an emphasis on civil litigation and civil appeals. During that time, Chris has litigated matters as diverse as appraisal; arbitration; arson; assault; breach of contract; class actions; construction defects (both commercial and residential); deceptive trade practices; First Amendment freedom of speech; industrial accidents; insurance defense (both first and third party); landlord-tenant disputes; libel; nuisance; pharmacy negligence; premises liability; products liability; property damage; slander; slip and falls; shootings; subrogation; trespass; uninsured/underinsured motorist claims; vehicular accidents (automobile, motorcycle, trucking, and bicycle); workplace injuries; wrongful death and survival; and wrongful termination.

Chris has tried multiple cases to a jury verdict and has personally handled every aspect of a jury trial including voir dire, opening statement, cross-examination, direct examination, the admission of evidence, proper preservation of error, the charge conference, and closing argument.

During his career, Chris has taken hundreds of party, fact witness, and expert depositions, participated in hundreds of hearings and mediations, and authored the briefs and/or handled oral argument in more than 35 appeals and original proceedings. In addition, Chris serves on the deposition preparation team for several major institutional clients, preparing their employee fact witnesses and corporate representatives to testify effectively at deposition and trial.

Professional Biography

Fulkerson Lotz L.L.P.

  • Partner 2021-present

Lindow ▪ Stephens ▪ Treat LLP

  • Partner, 2014-2021; Associate, 2003-2014

Crofts & Callaway, P.C.

  • Associate, 2001-2003

Education

Baylor Law School, J.D., 2001, Waco, Texas

  • Winner and Best Oral Advocate, 2001 Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition
  • Third Place, 1999 Dawson, Sodd & Beard Moot Court Competition
  • Order of the Barristers

Trinity University, B.A. in Political Science, 1998, San Antonio, Texas

  • Winner of two intercollegiate debate tournaments, and advanced to the semifinals or better of six others
  • Named one of the ten best speakers at seven different debate tournaments

Admissions to Practice

  • State of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Representative Jury Trials

  • Carmen De La Rosa v. Daniel Limon, et al., Cause No. 2015-CI-12496, In the 407th District Court of Bexar County, Texas (2018): obtained a verdict in jet ski collision case which placed 90% of liability on co-defendant and zeroed out plaintiff on multiple components of damages sought.
  • Ralph Peay, et al. v. Teresa McMillon, Cause No. 2011-CI-09197, In the 438th District Court of Bexar, County, Texas (2014): obtained a take-nothing judgment for the defendant in a neighborhood nuisance and breach of restrictive covenants dispute.
  • Will Fair, et al. v. Larry Stewart, et al., Cause No. 04-08-0536-CVA, In the 81st District Court of Atascosa County, Texas (2008): obtained a take-nothing judgment for the defendants in a defamation lawsuit.
  • Daniel Rector v. Buc-ee’s, Ltd., Cause No. 2005-3-14783, In the 35th Judicial District of Calhoun County, Texas (2006): obtained a verdict awarding minimal damages to plaintiff who sustained personal injuries at a gas station.

Representative Appeals

  • Meredith v. Chezem, No. 03-18-00256-CV, 2018 WL 6425017 (Tex. App. – Austin 2018, no pet.) (mem. op.): successfully obtained reversal of $109,100.19 judgment in ATV rollover accident with rendition of judgment that plaintiff take nothing.
  • Jones v. Zearfoss, 456 S.W.3d 618 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2015, no pet.): successfully obtained affirmation of summary judgment in favor of homeowners who plaintiffs alleged made misrepresentations and non-disclosures in conjunction with sale of a home.
  • Absher v. Zimmer, No. 04–12–00223–CV, 2012 WL 6029857 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2012, no pet.) (mem. op.): successfully obtained affirmation of summary judgment in favor of homeowners whose dog had bitten plaintiff.
  • Branham v. State Farm Lloyds, 04–12–00190–CV, 2012 WL 3985925 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2012, pet. denied) (mem. op.): successfully obtained affirmation of summary judgment that insurance client had no duty to defend, nor a duty to indemnify insured against misrepresentation claims arising from sale of a home.
  • Karnei v. CamachoNo. 13–11–00148–CV, 2012 WL 256132 (Tex. App. – Corpus Christi 2012, pet. denied) (mem. op.): successfully obtained affirmation of take-nothing judgment in favor of defendant whose alleged negligence purportedly caused a fire despite res ipsa loquitur allegations.
  • State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Fred Loya Ins. Co., No. 04-10-00045, 2010 WL 3030978 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2010, no pet.) (mem. op.): successfully obtained reversal of trial court’s judgment vacating arbitration award in client’s favor with rendition of judgment confirming the award.
  • Espinoza v. Universal City Animal Hosp., No. 04-05-00561-CV, 2006 WL 1080253 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2006, no pet.) (mem. op.): successfully obtained affirmation of summary judgment in workplace injury case.
  • Conoco, Inc. v. BrownNo. 04-02-00336-CV, 2003 WL 22295302 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2003, pet. denied) (mem. op.): successfully obtained reversal of $3,393,899.77 judgment in favor of independent contractor killed in an oil field accident with rendition of judgment that plaintiff take nothing.

Personal Biography

Chris grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Memorial High School, went to college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and attended Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas.

Chris, and his wife Rose, have two sons, Carson and Landon.

In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, traveling the world, scuba diving, and rooting for the Houston Astros and Arsenal Gunners.