Brett Christiansen

Brett Christiansen

Brett Christiansen

“Family is at the core of who we are, whether that family is biological or chosen. That is why a solid legal foundation is so important. I endeavor to tackle the complex issues of family law in a positive, constructive way, always advocating for the needs and wishes of my client first, while being mindful of the emotional impact behind each and every decision.”

Brett Christiansen
Partner/Shareholder
bchristiansen@cdfirm.com
Phone: (972) 386-2903
Fax: (972) 332-2306
Blog: Brett’s Modern Families

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Traditional Divorce and Collaborative Divorce
  • Complex Property Division
  • Child Custody
  • Pre-marital and Post-marital Agreements
  • Probate
  • Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Will Drafting
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestures
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financing/Debt Covenants
  • Contract Drafting, Negotiating, and Management
  • Commercial Real Estate Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trademark and Copyright
  • Risk Management Strategies

Representative Experience

  • Successful representation of clients in divorce, complex property division and post-divorce modifications
  • Drafting and negotiation of premarital and post-marital agreements
  • Representation of clients in child custody disputes and enforcements of existing orders relating to custody and possession
  • Design and implementation of complex estate plans for all sizes of estates
  • Acting as attorney ad litem in heirship determination and guardianship proceedings
  • Conceptualization, implementation, and management of comprehensive legal strategy contributing to company growth from a $300K single-location organization to $100M international value-added reseller offering systems integration and professional consulting services
  • Formulating and directing risk management and contracting structure, including establishing protocols and drafting all necessary forms of agreement; responsibility for annual review/renewal of insurance portfolio, including Directors and Officers, Errors and Omissions, and Property policies
  • Successful resolution of multimillion-dollar international and domestic litigation claims, including breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, trademark/trade dress infringement, false advertising, restrictive covenants enforcement, wrongful termination/discrimination, and contract, fraud, RICO, and commercial disputes
  • Draft and negotiate talent and performance agreements for radio production company
  • Oversight of merger resulting in a combined surviving entity with annual projected revenues at more than $100,000,000
  • Has received advanced training in collaborative divorce, and has guided couples through the collaborative divorce process
  • Serving as corporate counsel to recording studios and labels and television production companies
  • Management of more than 21 acquisitions for a single client
  • Expert handling of intellectual property management process to secure, protect, and defend
  • Federal Trademarks for company products, copyrights, and patents
  • Development and maintenance of comprehensive company-wide library of standard forms, such as Customer Master Services Agreement, Vendor Reseller Agreements, License Agreements and Product Orders, Employment Agreements, and Lease Agreements

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Texas Certified Public Accountant, 1991

Professional Associations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Family Law Section
    • Collaborative Law Section, Vice-Chair, 2016-2017
    • Computer Law Section
    • LGBT Law Section, Council Member, 2016-2017
    • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
    • Family Law Section
    • Collaborative Law Section, Treasurer, 2016-2017
    • Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member, Dallas LGBT Bar Association
  • Member, The National LGBT Bar Association

  • Member, Attorneys Without Litigation, A Collaborate Law Network
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas, specifically the Family Law, Collaborative Divorce, Business Law Section.
  • Member of the Dallas Bar Association, specifically the Family Law, Collaborative Divorce, Business Law Section.
  • Treasurer of the Collaborative Divorce Section of the Dallas Bar Association.

  • Member of the Texas Bar College, an invitation-only honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys.

  • Member of Collaborative Divorce Texas, an institution comprised of lawyers skilled in the collaborative divorce process.

Education

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, magna cum laude, Baylor University, 1991
  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, 1999

Community Service

  • Lambda Legal
  • Advisory Board, Arts Incubator of Richardson

Awards and Recognitions

  • Finalist, Dallas Business Journal 2006 Best Corporate Counsel Award