Biography

Christopher Mugica has a broad commercial litigation practice that ranges from fiduciary litigation to first-party insurance defense to consumer and employment litigation. Chris has handled a wide variety of complex commercial matters for clients, including class action litigation, fraud and fiduciary litigation.  He also has extensive experience in real estate litigation representing developers, lenders, and property owners associations.

Career Highlights

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  • Defended non-profit association in property dispute seeking $11 million in damages under theories of tortious interference and business disparagement.  Obtained a directed verdict on primary tort claims.  At the conclusion of the trial, a defense verdict was rendered in favor of the client and the Court granted all relief requested by counterclaim, including attorneys’ fees, which were affirmed on appeal by the Third Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully defended national insurance company in massive real estate litigation involving claims of conspiracy and fraud.  Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against client, which was affirmed on appeal to the Third Court of Appeals.
  • Defended client in a case concerning a highly contested dispute between two limited partners arising from the management and sale of millions of dollars in partnership property. Obtained a take-nothing verdict and approximately $600,000 in attorney fees. Represented the client in the Texas Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio where the court upheld the verdict, affirmed summary judgments obtained in his favor, and affirmed his right to recover attorneys’ fees.
  • Defended homeowner’s association against a lawsuit involving liens that it had imposed upon a developer for unpaid assessments. Obtained a summary judgment resulting in the dismissal of all claims and the recovery of unpaid fees, interest, penalties, and attorney fees.  Represented the client in the Third Court of Appeals where the court affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment.
  • Defended a green energy client in a jury trial involving claims brought against the company by a consumer over a geothermal HVAC and solar panel installation. Obtained a take-nothing verdict in favor of the client and awarded costs against the plaintiffs.

Community

  • American Bar Association
  • Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America
    • Executive Board Member, 2013-present
    • Chaplain, Local Area Troop
    • Assistant Scout Master
  • Leadership Austin, 2005-2006
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    • Fellow, 2013
    • Executive Committee, 2015-2016
  • Notre Dame Law Association and Alumni Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program
    • Co-chair, 2013-2014
    • Steering committee, 2011-present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • “Do the Write Thing” Texas Challenge, Travis County, Co-chair
  • Texas Rugby Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2005-2012
  • Travis County’s “Do the Write Thing” Texas Challenge Program, Co-chair, 2011-Present
  • YMBL Foundation, Board Member, 2014-present

News & Events

  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Scores Second Appellate Win for Homeowners Association

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  • Publication

    Embracing the Opportunities We Are Given

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  • Attorney News

    Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 94 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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    Jackson Walker Named as Top Performer by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Attorney News

    Chris Mugica Appointed to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Executive Council

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  • Press Releases

    Chris Mugica and Bruce Ruzinsky Speak at Texas Minority Counsel Program

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Wins Appellate Victory for Client in Partnership Dispute

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    Christopher Mugica featured in ‘Austin American-Statesman’ on Value of Sunshine Camps

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    Appeals Court Upholds Summary Judgment for Jackson Walker Client

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    Chris Mugica Named Fellow in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Wins Courtroom Victory for Client in Partnership Dispute

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    Jackson Walker Defends Standard Renewable Energy in Contract and Fraud Suit

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 13 “Rising Stars”

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