Christine G. Albano

Christine G. Albano

Location:
Plano, Texas
Phone:
972-987-0963
Fax:
972-668-9705
Email:

Christy Albano is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has also been selected for inclusion in the Texas Super Lawyers Listings since 2011. She started her practice with a family law firm in Dallas, then spent several years as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas where she fought for the rights of victims, children and the elderly affected by domestic violence in the areas of protective orders, custody, divorce, child support, spousal support and property division. She carried this experience to her solo practice in Collin County where she ensures protection of the clients rights while compassionately assisting them through what is often a difficult emotional process.

She has earned the respect of her peers across the state and throughout the country. In 2006 through 2010 she was named a Texas Rising Star by the Texas Super Lawyer's publication of the Texas Monthly magazine, she was the 2005-06 Outstanding Director of the Year by the Texas Young Lawyer's Association, and she was awarded the Atticus Finch Award in 2006 by Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. In 2001-2002 she was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Collin County Award from the Collin County Young Lawyer's Association and she was twice awarded the TYLA President's Award of Merit (2003-2004 and 2004-2005). She also continues to be the only law student whose article has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. This article, published in 1997 regarding arbitration and child custody, was cited in July 2009 by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a portion of "scholarly writing on the subject" in Fawzy v. Fawzy, 2009-NJ-0702.293.

In addition to being an energetic member of many local, state and national bar associations, she is currently on the Nominating Committee for the Texas Bar Foundation, the Local Bar Services Committee of the State Bar of Texas, the Council of the American Bar Association General Practice & Solo Division, the Family Matters Committee for the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Board of Directors of the Collin County Bench Bar Foundation. She is a Past President of the Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Past Chair of the District 1 Nominating Committee for the Texas Bar Foundation and Past Secretary of the Texas Young Lawyer's Association. Through her past work as co-chair for 4 years of the TYLA Family Law & Children's Rights committee, she was instrumental in the creation of the "Pro Se Divorce Handbook", the "What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court" handbook and the video "Kids In the Crossfire: Helping Parents Understand the Impact of Divorce." She was also executive committee advisor to the talented TYLA committee that created the Emmy Award Winning video and curriculum "They Had a Dream Too", an educational program designed to educate high school students about the role of students in the Civil Rights Movement and to encourage students to make a difference in their world.

Christy Albano obtained a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1996.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorneys Serving the Community, Member since 2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Member since 1998
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, President, 2006 - 2007
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, President-Elect, 2005 - 2006
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Treasurer, 2002 - 2003
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Secretary, 2001 - 2002
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Board Member, 2000 - 2001
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Email Chair, 2003 - 2005
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Liaison to Collin County Bar Association, 2004 - 2005
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Chair, Call to Protect Project, 2002 - 2003
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Membership Committee, 2002 - 2003
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, 2001, Liaison to CCBA for Joint Holiday Party
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, 2001, CLE Committee
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Newsletter Committee, 2000 - 2003
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, Judicial Reception Committee, 2001 - 2003
    • Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, 2002, Chair, Pro Bono Clinic
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member since 1998
    • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999 - Present  
    • Collin County Bar Association, Estate Law Section, 2003 - 2004
    • Liaison to Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, 2003 - 2005
    • Collin County Bar Association, Social Chair, 1999 - 2000
    • Collin County Bar Association, 2004, Social Chair
    • Collin County Bar Association, Social Committee, 1998 - 2001
    • Collin County Bar Association, 1999, Silent Auction Chair
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2000
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Treasurer, 2002 - 2004
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2002 - 2006
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2002
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2011 
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Bench Bar Players, 2000 - Present 
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Conference Planning Committee, 2000 - Present
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Chair, 2013-2014
    • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Chair-Elect, 2012-2013
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyer's Foundation, Fellow, 2006 - Present
  • Plano Bar Association, Member since 1998
  • Frisco Bar Association, Member since 2002
  • Grayson County Bar Association, Member, 2002 - 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Member since 1997
    • State Bar of Texas, Access to Justice Delegate to the 2001 and 2002 Bar Leaders Conference, 2001 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, 2004 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm, 2003 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, 1997 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, Women and the Law Section, 1997 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation, 2004 - Present
    • State Bar of Texas, Local Bar Services Committee, 2009 - 2014
  • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Member, 1997 - 2008
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Secretary, 2006 - 2007
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Director, 2004 - 2006
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Executive Committee Advisor, 2006 - 2007
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Law Focused Education and They Had A Dream Too Committees
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, At Large Small City Minority Director (Board of Directors), 2002 - 2004
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Co-Chair, Family Law & Children's Rights Committee, 2002 - 2006
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 2005 - 2006
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Chair, Public Service Subcommittee, 2005 - 2006
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Vice Chair, Minority Committee, 2002 - 2004
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Vice Chair, Leadership TYLA, 2002 - 2003
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Vice Chair Low Income Texans, 2003 - 2006
    • Texas Young Lawyer's Association, Vice Chair Senior Citizens Outreach Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Member since 1993
    • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1996 - Present
    • American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Membership Committee
    • American Bar Association, Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, Membership Committee, 2003 - Present
    • American Bar Association, Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, Council, 2009 - 2013
    • American Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division, 1996 - 2008
    • American Bar Association, Law Student Division, 1993 - 1996
    • American Bar Association, LSD Liaison to Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 1995 - 1996
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Dallas Young Lawyer's Association, Member, 1997 - 1999
  • Dallas Women Lawyer's Association, Member, 1997 - 2000
  • Dallas Women Lawyer's Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, 1993 - 1996
  • Kaufman Bar Association, Member, 1998 - 2001
  • Rockwall Bar Association, Member, 1998 - 2001

Areas of Practice

  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
    • J.D. - May, 1996
    • Honors: Deans List, Fall 1993, Spring 1994, Fall 1995
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi, Magister (President) 1995-1996, Historian, 1994-1995
    • Honors: ABA, Law Student Division, Liaison to the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 1995-1996
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
    • B.A. - May, 1993
    • Honors: Chi Omega Sorority
    • Honors: SMU Marching Band
    • Major: Music, Piano Performance
    • Minor: Sociology

Published Works

  • Urban Lawyer Journal, Case Digest Published, Vol. 26, No. 2, February 4, 1994
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Comment, “Binding Arbitration, A Proper Forum for Child Custody?” Vol. 14, Issue No. 2, 1997
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association Publications, Co-Author, “Pro Se Divorce Handbook”, Booklet, 2003, Lead Co-Author, “What to Expect in Texas Family Law Court”, Booklet, 2005, Lead Co-Author and Lead Co-Producer, “Kids in the Crossfire, Helping Parents Understand the Impact of Divorce, 20 minute video and brochure, 2006, Executive Committee Advisor to the Emmy Award Winning, “They Had a Dream Too: Student Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement,” Video and School Curriculum, 2006

Representative Cases

  • Cited in Fawzy v. Fawzy, 2009-NJ-0702.293

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Texas Super Lawyer, 2011 - 2014
  • Named a Texas Rising Star by the Texas Super Lawyer's Publication of the Texas Monthly Magazine, 2006 - 2010
  • Outstanding Director of the Year, Texas Young Lawyer's Association, 2005 - 2006
  • Awarded the Atticus Finch Award, Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, 2006
  • Awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer, Collin County Award from the Collin County Young Lawyer's Association, 2001 - 2002
  • Awarded the TYLA President's Award of Merit, 2003 - 2005
  • Best Lawyers in Plano, 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer Family Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star Family Law 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers 2017
  • Judge Sam Williams Award 2015
  • 1st Place Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2013
  • 2nd Place Pro Bono Attorney of the Year 2011
  • Atticus Finch Award 2006
  • Outstanding Director of the Year 2005 - 2006
  • Presidential Award of Merit for Exemplary Service to the Bar & Public, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Collin County, 2001-2002
  • Service Star Award, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow since 2012, Board of the Journal of the AAML 2015-2018
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Historical Committee 2014-2016: Chair 2015-17
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Membership Committee 2013-2014
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Spousal Maintenance Committee 2013-2014
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of the AAML Foundation 2016-17
  • Collin County Collaborative Law Alliance, Member since 2010, President 2012-13
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Member 1998 – 2008, Alum Member 2009-Present
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Immediate Past President and Historian 2007-2008
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, President 2006-2007
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, President-Elect 2005-2006
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Treasurer 2002-2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Secretary 2001-2002
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Board Member 2000-2001
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Email Chair 2003–2005
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Liaison to Collin County Bar Association 2004 -2005
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Chair of Call to Protect Project 2002- 2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Membership Committee 2002- 2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, CCYLA Liaison to CCBA for Joint Holiday Party 2001
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, CLE Committee 2001
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Newsletter Committee 2000-2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Judicial Reception Committee 2001-2003
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Chair of Pro Bono Clinic 2002
  • Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association, Chair They Had a Dream Too Committee 2007-2008
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member since 1998, Family Law Section 1999-Present, Vice President, 2005-2006, Estate Law Section, 2003 – 2004
  • Liaison to Collin County Young Lawyer’s Association 2003-2005
  • Collin County Bar Association, Social Chair 1999, 2000, 2004, Social Committee 1998-2001, Silent Auction Chair 1999
  • Curt B. Henderson American Inns of Court, Member since 2011, Curt B. Henderson American Inns of Court, Member since 2011, Barrister 2011-2014, Master 2014 - Present
  • Denton Bar Association Member since 2008
  • Plano Bar Association, Member since 1998
  • Frisco Bar Association, Member since 2002
  • Grayson County Bar Association, Member 2002-2006
  • State Bar of Texas, Member since 1997, Access to Justice Delegate to the 2001 and 2002 Bar Leaders Conference, College of the State Bar of Texas 2004-Present, College of the State Bar of Texas 2004-Present, Family Law Section, 1997- Present, Family Law Foundation, 2005 – Present, Local Bar Services Committee 2009-2015, Women and the Law Section, 1997-Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, since 2011
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 2004-Present, District 1 Nominations Chair 2007-2008, Co-Chair 2012-2016, District 1 Nominations Committee 2009 - 2012
  • Texas Women Lawyers Association, Member 2015-2016
  • Texas Young Lawyer’s Association, Member 1997-2007, Outstanding Young Lawyer Committee 2009-2010, Liberty Bell and Outstanding Mentor Committee 2008-2009, Liberty Bell and Outstanding Mentor Committee 2007-2008, Secretary 2006-2007, Director 2004-2006, At Large Small City Minority Director (Board of Directors) 2002-2004, Executive Committee Advisor to Law Focused Education Committee 2006 -2007
  • Co-Chair, Family Law & Children’s Rights Committee 2002-2006, Member, Long Range Planning Committee 2005-2006, Chair, Public Service Subcommittee 2005-2006, Vice Chair, Minority Committee 2002-2004, Vice Chair, Leadership TYLA 2002-2003, Vice Chair Low Income Texans 2003-2004, 2005-2006, Vice Chair Senior Citizens Outreach Committee 2004-2005
  • American Bar Association, Member since 1993, Family Law Section 1996-Present, Family Law Domestic Violence Committee 2006 – Present, Family Law Domestic Violence Committee 2006 – Present, Family Matters Symposium Committee 2008 – 2011, Family Matters Symposium Committee 2008 – 2011
  • Annual Meeting Host Committee, Executive Member 2010-11, Member Benefit Development Committee, Executive Member 2010-Present, Midyear Host Committee 2012-13, Nominating Committee 2011-2012, Publications Board 2011 - 2014
  • General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division 2003 – Present, GP/Solo Division 3 Director 2015-2016, GP/Solo Division 2 Director 2014-2015, GP/Solo Leadership Committee Co-Chair 2013-2016, GP/Solo Long Range Planning Committee 2012-2016, GP/Solo Council 2009 – 2014
  • GP/Solo Membership Committee 2009 – Present, Vice-Chair 2016-17, GP/Solo National Solo Small Firm Conference Committee 2013-2015, GP/Solo Long Range Planning Committee 2013-2017, GP/Solo Young Lawyer Fellowship Program, Mentor 2013-2014, GP/Solo Division Young Lawyer Fellow 2007- 2008
  • Young Lawyer’s Division 1996 - 2008, YLD Family Law Committee 2007 – 2008, YLD Foundation Fellow 2008 - Present
  • Law Student Division 1993-1996, LSD Liaison to Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 1995-1996
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2005
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member 1997-1999, 2012 – Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Bar None Show Cast Member 2010-Present, Family Law Section
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member 1997-1999
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow 2007 - Present
  • Dallas Women Lawyer’s Association, Member 1997-2000, 2004-Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member 1993-1996
  • Kaufman Bar Association, Member 1998-2001
  • Rockwall Bar Association, Member 1998-2001
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law Foundation Board, Director 2014-2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, 1998 - 2003
  • Loughmiller and DePlaza, 1997 - Present
  • Law Office of Christine G. Albano, Sole Practitioner, 2003 - 2014
  • Legal Services of North Texas, Staff Attorney, 1998 - 2003
  • Loughmiller & DePlaza, PC, Associate, 1997 - 1998
  • Welch, Martin, Albano & Manners, PC, Law Clerk, 1995 - 1996
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Law Clerk, 1995
  • McCurley, Webb, Kinser, McCurley & Nelson, Law Clerk, 1994
  • McCurley, Webb, Kinser, McCurley & Nelson, File Clerk, 1993

Pro Bono Activities

  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Fellow since 2000
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Special Advisor to the Chair 2015-2016, Immediate Past Chair 2014-2015, Chair 2013-2014
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Treasurer 2002-2004, Board of Trustees 2002 - 2007, Board of Directors 2001-2002, 2009-2013, Bench Bar Conference, Social Chair, 2004-2005
  • Collin County Bench Bar Foundation, Attendee and committee member 1999-Present, Entertainment and games committee 1999-2002, Bench Bar Players 2000, Conference Planning Committee 2000-Present, Assisted Conference Chair with Coordination of Conference 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005