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T. Christopher Pinedo
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T. Christopher Pinedo


Chris Pinedo has represented individuals who have suffered serious injuries for over twenty years. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio in 1983. He received the Regis Stafford Award for excellence in Business Administration from the University of Steubenville which is given to the most outstanding student in Business Administration. In 1988, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi.

Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, he practiced law in the Detroit area for five years, focusing on products liability. In 1994 he returned to Texas and received his license to practice law in Texas. Mr. Pinedo went on to join the Edwards Perry and Haas Law Firm and later the Watts Law Firm, both located in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Pinedo has handled a variety of catastrophic injury and death cases.

His cases have been reported in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, Texas Lawyer and other publications. He was lead counsel for Margie Sanchez in Margie Sanchez v. Warner Lambert which was the first Rezulin (a diabetes drug) case to result in a Plaintiffs’ verdict. The jury awarded $143,000,000.00 in compensatory and punitive damages (net to client: $6,450,000 | expenses: $150,000 | attorney fees: $4,400,000 | Liver Damage). Mr. Pinedo, is never one to shy away from a difficult fight. “I take pride in representing David against Goliath”. He has taken on some of the largest corporations in the world and prevailed. One of his groundbreaking cases helped lead to a nationwide recall of defective fans that had led to several fires. Another one of his cases was featured on ABC’s 20/20. In 2002, he was jointly awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year award by the American Association for Justice.

Due to the national nature of his practice, Mr. Pinedo has been licensed in multiple courts including Federal District Courts in California, Texas and Michigan. Besides Texas, Mr. Pinedo is also licensed to practice law in the state courts of Arizona and California. Mr. Pinedo has handled many fire and explosion cases and has recovered several multi-million dollar settlements for his clients. He has also successfully represented injured individuals in oil field and trucking cases in several states around the nation.

Admissions & Education

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1988
  • State Bar of Texas, 1994
  • State Bar of California, 2005
  • State Bar of Arizona, 2007
  • United States District Courts: Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas; Eastern District of Michigan; Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Courts of Appeals: Fifth and Eighth Circuits


  • B.S., Business Administration The Franciscan University of Steubenville
    Steubenville , OH 1983
  • Juris Doctorate University of Michigan School of Law
    Ann Arbor , MI 1988


  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Corpus Christi Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year – 2002 (jointly awarded), American Association for Justice
  • Regis Stafford Award, The Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, 1983

Presentations & Publications Publications

CLE Presentations:

  • “Drug Product and Medical Device Liability – What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You” presented at the 2004 Texas Trial Lawyers Association Meeting, August 6-7, 2004.


  • Jury Finds Rezulin Manufacturer Acted with ‘Malice’.: read more

Real Results ReaL Justice

  • $6
    Million Settlement
    Truck Accident

    Hilliard Law attorneys achieved a $6M settlement for a man who sustained serious injuries after being struck by an 18-wheeler.

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