Christine G. Albano

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Location:
Frisco, Texas
Phone:
877-774-7221 (Toll free)
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, 2000, 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

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
    • Minor: Sociology

Honors and Awards

  • 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

Past Employment Positions

  • Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, 1998 - 2003
  • Loughmiller and DePlaza, 1997 - Present