by Amy D. Maddux, Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP

On August 1, Christopher Prine took over responsibilities as the clerk for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Prine is no stranger to the Houston courts of appeals, however, having served as briefing attorney to the Honorable Sam Robertson of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1993 and as chambers attorney to the Honorable Adele Hedges, then of the First Court of Appeals, from 1998 to 1999. In between his jobs as briefing attorney, chambers attorney, and now clerk, Prine practiced law at Hennessy, Gardner & Barth and Crain, Caton & James, both in Houston. His practice focused on litigation and appellate matters in state and federal court.

With his experience, Prine seeks to lead a clerk’s office that will work well with appellate counsel to make their jobs run as smoothly as possible. He urges that appellate counsel should feel free to call him with any problems that they might have.

Prine is a native Texan, born in Fort Worth and raised in El Paso. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1988 and then came to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992. Prine and his wife, Mary-Jo, have two children and one grandson. When not working at the Court, Prine spends most of his time as director of a day camp for inner-city children.