Christopher M. Staine


Office: Oklahoma City & Dallas

Phone: 214.420.2143
Fax: 214.736.1763
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Christopher Staine is a director in the firm's Dallas office. His practice focuses on energy, natural resources, creditor's rights, bankruptcy and other commercial litigation.

Staine is an active member of the firm's diversity and recruiting committees. He is also active in several professional organizations, including the Federal Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court. In 2015, he was selected to join The National Black Lawyers–Top 100 Lawyers. Membership is limited to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as lawyers practicing in designated aspects of the law. He has also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in the field of bankruptcy.

Active in the community, Christopher currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, which teaches life skills to adolescents through the game of golf. He also serves as a pro bono attorney for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal services to abused, neglected and deprived children in Oklahoma County. Oklahoma Magazine named him a Class of 2015 40 Under 40 member and The Journal Record selected Staine as a 2015 Leadership in Law honoree.

Prior to joining Crowe & Dunlevy, Christopher earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he was awarded the Joel Jankowsky Award - Overall Outstanding Student in the 2010 Graduating Class. While at OU law, Christopher served as the president of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, and was an active member of the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society and the Board of Advocates. He was also active in interscholastic oral advocacy competitions and garnered recognition for his academic excellence by being named the 2009-10 National Black Law Students Association’s Most Outstanding Student, a member of the Order of the Barristers, and an Amos T. Hall Scholar. Christopher completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with distinction.

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, Member of Board of Directors
  • Douglass High School Law & Public Safety Career Academy, Advisory Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section Chair, 2015-16
  • Leadership Oklahoma City, LOYAL Class VII
  • American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation (Environmental Litigation, Minority Trial Lawyer, Pretrial Practice and Discovery, Young Advocates Committee)
  • American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division

Honors & Awards

  • Southwest Region of the National Black Law Students Association Hall of Fame, Alumnus of the Year, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy (2016–Present)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2015–Present
  • Eagle Scout
  • The National Black Lawyers, Top 100
  • Oklahoma Magazine 40 Under 40, Class of 2015
  • The Journal Record 2015 Leadership in Law Award
  • 30/30 Next Gen Award, 2010

Published Works

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Plan Support Agreements and Bankruptcy Issues Affecting Oil and Gas Companies," Oklahoma County Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Meeting, May 20, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, “Collection Law from Start to Finish, Filing the Lawsuit – Developing Definitive Strategies," National Business Institute, December 8, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK

Community Service

  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
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