In 2003 at the age of 33, Chris Lake was honored by his colleagues as one of the youngest attorneys selected for inclusion in the list of Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly. Since then, Lake has been selected for inclusion in this prestigious list of Texas Super Lawyers each subsequent year.
Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Chris has written articles and lectured at various venues across the state on family law topics including child support issues, temporary issues arising in divorce, use of mental health professionals in custody disputes, business valuation methodologies, creative dispute resolution and the use of discovery in litigation.
After growing up in Dallas and swearing that he would never attend Southern Methodist University, Chris earned both his undergraduate and law school degrees from SMU. He also taught at SMU’s Dedman School of Law in the intensive writing program called “Lawyering.” A child of divorce himself, Chris strives to creatively develop long-term solutions for families experiencing one of the worst life-experiences that divorce can cause.
In 2016, Chris published his first book, A Christian Divorce, which reflects on his personal observation that the most acrimonious and the most uncommonly bitter litigation experiences he has encountered during his 20+ year family law career have been those in which either one or both of the parties professed to be Christians. Chris explains the genesis for his writing project:
“In a majority of circumstances, divorce outcomes are mostly predictable . . . yet strikingly few people put enough meaningful thought into the long-term effects on every individual touched by the wake of divorce — including children. A Christian Divorce is an attempt to help individuals approach divorce in a more intentional way . . . if divorce is truly inevitable. I wrote A Christian Divorce for anyone who finds themselves on the brink of divorce, in the midst of divorce, or in the wake of divorce’s aftermath . . . and for those individuals who possess influence in the lives of anyone affected by divorce.”
For more about A Christian Divorce, please go to the book’s link: www.achristiandivorce.org.
Areas of Practice
- A Christian Divorce, WestBowPress, 2016
- Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1995
- J.D., Law
- Southern Methodist University, 1992
- B.A., Political Science
Honors & Awards
- Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2018 – 2019
- Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2017 and 2019
- Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2018
- Texas, 1995
- Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
- State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Texas Bar Foundation
- Texas Family Law Foundation
- Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
- Board Member