A. Christopher Derden

Christopher “Chris” Derden joined Adams and Reese in 1995. He focuses his practice in environmental, insurance, commercial and oil and gas law, particularly the defense of mass tort, toxic tort and product liability litigation, as well as the defense and prosecution of commercial and class action litigation involving serious injuries and death matters.

Chris manages key client relationships. As national coordinating counsel to various oil and gas and petrochemical companies, he directs clients’ nation-wide dockets of mass-tort litigation matters.

His significant contributions include:

Managing mass tort dockets across multiple jurisdictions.
Coordinating administrative resolutions/settlements for large claimant inventories.
Defense of environmental tort actions, including occupational exposures, from initial investigation, administrative hearings and representation before OSHA through civil trial and appeal.

Chris has been instrumental in growing the Houston office and served for eight years as the Houston Partner in Charge. He coordinates the summer associate program in Houston and is a member of the firm’s Attorney Recruiting Committee. He presents frequently on various aspects of mass-tort litigation and risk management procedures. He has also devoted significant time and effort to charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the firm’s HUGS program.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Litigation, 2) Asbestos, 3) Class Action / Complex Litigation, 4) Insurance, 5) International, 6) Labor and Employment, 7) Products Liability and 8) Toxic Tort
Law School South Texas College of Law
Admitted Year 1994
Education Baylor University, B.A., 1990
Bar Member / Association Texas Bar Association, Houston Bar Association,
Most recent firm Adams and Reese LLP
A. Harrison Barnes
A. Harrison Barnes

Due to his extensive activities in the legal market, A. Harrison Barnes is a well-known attorney throughout the United States. As a member of the Malibu community, Harrison is committed to serving the needs of Malibu residents and businesses in legal

Barbara A. Fitzgerald
Barbara A. Fitzgerald

Ms. Fitzgerald represents employers in a wide range of industries, including the entertainment, financial services, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, and transportation industries.

Benjamin P. Smith
Benjamin P. Smith

Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.