Christopher D. Kratovil is a member of Dykema’s Litigation practice in the firm’s Dallas office. Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Kratovil was a partner at K&L Gates. Mr. Kratovil is a former law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Mr. Kratovil focuses his practice on appellate matters, representing clients in complex commercial disputes before tribunals ranging from small town Texas trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, with a particular concentration on matters in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and in the Texas courts of appeals. He has considerable experience in federal and state mandamus practice, including serving as the lead draftsman of the winning briefs in the landmark Fifth Circuit case that authorized the use of mandamus to compel convenience-based venue transfers, In re Volkswagen II, 545 F.3d 304 (5th Cir. 2008)(en banc).
In addition to his extensive appellate work, Mr. Kratovil regularly handles case dispositive briefing and argument, jury charges, complex motions, research intensive legal issues and error preservation in the trial courts. He also regularly assists in the white collar defense of clients accused of financial, securities and tax crimes. Mr. Kratovil is the author of several high-profile amicus curiae briefs, including on behalf United States Senator John Cornyn and, separately, for the Texas state representative who sponsored the so-called “Pole Tax” user fee on patrons of adult entertainment.
A frequent author and lecturer, Mr. Kratovil earned a B.A. magna cum laude from University of Notre Dame and a J.D. with honors from University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review. He has been recognized repeatedly as a “Rising Star” by Texas Monthly and was recently named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” by D Magazine.