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Christopher D. Kratovil

Christopher D. Kratovil



  • Appellate
  • Class Action Defense
  • Business & Commercial
  • Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance

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Texas, U.S.A.


Christopher D. Kratovil is the Office Managing Member of the Dallas office of Dykema and a member of the Firm's Litigation Department.

He has been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" as well as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth" for four consecutive years (2016-19) by Texas Super Lawyers, and has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine for many years.

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. Mr. Kratovil has presented over thirty appellate oral arguments to courts at all levels of the appellate system. He also 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, emergency injunctions, and error preservation in the trial courts. Mr. Kratovil has extensive experience litigating so-called "business divorces" and related fraud, covenants not-to-compete and not-to-solicit, trade secrets, energy industry disputes, and the law governing arbitration.

Mr. Kratovil is the author of several high-profile amicus curiae briefs, including on behalf of United States Senator John Cornyn and, separately, for numerous members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate.

Prior to joining Dykema, Mr. Kratovil was a partner at K&L Gates. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. A frequent author and lecturer, Mr. Kratovil earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review.

Bar Admissions



University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • with honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
  • Law Review, Administrative Editor
University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Business & Commercial | Class Action Defense | Government Investigations and Corporate Compliance | Government Reorganization and Restructuring | Litigation | Non-Compete, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets | Product Liability | Real Estate Litigation | Specialized Litigation & Advanced Motion Practice Team | White-Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

D Magazine "Best Lawyers in Dallas" list, 2011
Texas Monthly "Rising Star" list 2007 - 2011

Professional Associations

    Dallas Bar Association

Business Litigation Section of the Dallas Bar Association (Council Member 2009, Treasurer 2010 and Secretary 2011)
State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Co-Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee (2010-11)
Higginbotham Inn of Court, Associate, 2005-06
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Leadership Class, 2003
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Volunteer


3/4/2011 Litigation in the U. S. Federal System, A delegation of Visiting Lawyers from Vietnam's Ministry of Justice
12/12/2010 The Fraud Exception, Panel presentation to the Mergers & Acquisitions Section of the Dallas Bar Association
6/17/2010 Mandamus Practice in the fifth Circuit, presented to the Appellate Section of the Dallas Bar Association
2/18/2010 Federal Mandamus and the East Texas Venue Wars, presented to the Appellate Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
9/9/2009 Perfecting the Appeal and Securing the Record, presented to the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section "Boot Camp" CLE
10/16/2008 A Look Ahead: The Next Year at the Supreme Court of Texas, presented to the Dallas Lawyers' Chapter of the Federalist Society
5/30/2008 Recent Developments in Arbitration, presented to the 18th Annual University of Texas Conference on Federal and State Appeals
4/18/2007 Challenging Arbitration Awards, presented to the Appellate Section of the El Paso Bar Association
4/11/2007 Challenging Arbitration Awards, presented to the Appellate Section of the San Antonio Bar Association
3/16/2007 Appellate Options After Arbitration, presented to the Appellate Section of the Dallas Bar Association
1/2007 Reducing the 'Daunting Finality' of Arbitration Awards: Crafting an Appellate Option, North Dallas Bar CLE Clinic

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