Christine P. Leatherberry sees herself as a family lawyer on a mission—to help clients gain control over an unfamiliar process and make divorce more manageable and understandable for everyone involved. The family law attorney understands that her clients are going through difficult times, whether they are experiencing a divorce, child custody or visitation matter, or splitting the family business. Often family law clients must work through the stages of grief while trying to create a secure foundation for their new lives. Because of her compassion, zeal and ability to communicate with people, you could say she is a natural-born family lawyer.
Last year, Christine was named one of the Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Attorneys in the state. For the past four years, Christine has also been honored by Thomson Reuters on the exclusive list of Texas Rising Stars.
In 2012 and 2013, Christine was a panelist speaker on professional development and the practice of law at SMU Dedman School of Law, as well as at the Handling Your First Jury Trial CLE at the Texas Law Center in December 2011. Christine is a Barrister in the William “Mac” Taylor Inn of Court and next year she will serve on the Inn’s leadership team on the Membership Committee. In 2016, she helped create and chair the “Moms in Law” special interest group of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
She interned in 2001 in the White House for First Lady Laura Bush in the Projects Office supporting reading and early childhood cognitive development initiatives. In conjunction with that internship, she was awarded a fellowship in The University of Texas System Bill Archer Fellowship Program. In college, she was also President of Beta Alpha Rho Pre-Law Fraternity.
Christine earned her Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin with high honors in 2003 and her Juris Doctor from SMU Dedman School of Law graduating cum laude in 2006. In law school, Christine earned a Trial Advocacy Scholarship, was on the Board of Advocates, was selected the Executive Board Member of the Year, and interned for Judge Jay Patterson of the 101st Judicial District Court.
Christine is a past chair of the Dallas Junior Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and was a Big Sister to the same Little for over 11 years. She is a member of the Junior League of Dallas and serves on the Grants for Innovative Teaching Committee. She has volunteered at Education is Freedom, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Methodist Dallas Medical Center in the NICU, and was on the Junior League Education Committee. She also was a Junior Associates Member at the Dallas Museum of Art and a mentor for the Dallas Texas Exes Mentorship Program. Christine also was just recently on the Host Committee for the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Luncheon, and joined the Board of the Preston Hollow Early Childhood Association.