Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Chris Mansour worked for almost ten years at a Dallas non-profit representing immigrants who had been victims of violence. These included survivors of domestic violence, violent crime and child abuse, as well as those who had suffered human rights abuses in their home countries. Her accomplishments included numerous successful trials and appeals that led to hundreds of immigrants obtaining legal status in the United States. Before that, she spent seven years at major law firms in Wisconsin and Ohio practicing commercial civil litigation. During this time she cultivated her appellate and trial advocacy skills, obtaining significant experience authoring appellate briefs on a variety of topics and handling all aspects of litigation including drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, motion practice and preparing for trial.

Now Ms. Mansour has turned her attention to the national opioid crisis and is working with Baron & Budd’s Pharmaceutical Litigation Group to help cities, counties and states hold the drug industry accountable for its malfeasance. She devotes her time to researching complex legal issues, writing briefs and developing litigation strategies.

Chris Mansour grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame. After working as a journalist, she entered law school with the goal of using her skills to give a voice to those in need and achieve positive change in national policies that impact a wide range of people, especially those lacking economic or political power. Ms. Mansour graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 after serving on the Law Review and representing neglected children in the Child Advocacy Clinic.

In her free time Ms. Mansour enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking and traveling. She loves returning to the beautiful lakes of Minnesota every summer where she can water-ski and escape the Texas heat.


Publications

  • Chris Mansour, Ending DACA would destroy the dreams of many immigrants who have known no other country, The Dallas Morning News, September 5, 2017
  • Chris Mansour, S. border agents are illegally turning away asylum seekers, The Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2017
  • Chris Mansour: Locking up asylum-seekers isn’t just cruel, it’s a waste of resources, The Dallas Morning News, February 15, 2017
  • Bill Holston and Chris Mansour: Our immigrant clients remind us of what went wrong Election Day, and what went right, The Dallas Morning News, November 11, 2016
  • Chris Mansour and Bill Holston: Don’t lose asylum-seekers in immigration overhaul, The Austin American-Statesman, February 12, 2013
  • Chris Mansour and Bill Holston: Time running out for the Violence Against Women Act, The Dallas Morning News, December 5, 2012
  • Chris Mansour and Bill Holston: Abused immigrants count too, The Dallas Morning News, May 23, 2012
  • Why Texas Should Not Implement Local Immigration Reform, http://www.hrionline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/WhyTexasShouldNotImplementLocalImmigrationReform-08-13-10-1.pdf, August 2010
  • The Misguided Expansion of § 287(g) Agreements Allowing Local Police to Perform Immigration Duties, http://www.hrionline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/287gFINALFINAL.pdf, August 2010
  • What is International Human Trafficking, http://www.hrionline.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/HRITraffickingPaper082109-1.pdf, August 2009
  • The State of Human Trafficking in Texas, Contributor, Published by Children At Risk, 2009

Lectures and Presentations

  • Immigration Q&A: What’s Happening Now? How Current National and State Immigration Policies are Impacting Crime Victims, 12th Annual Conference on Crimes Against Women, Dallas, May 24, 2017
  • Instructor at multiple CLE’s, Taking a case with HRI, Overview of Asylum, U Visa, VAWA and SIJS cases, 2008-2017
  • Presentation on SIJS, VAWA, U Visa and Asylum, Latinos Against Domestic Violence Conference, Dallas, TX, September 2012 & 2015, & Irving, TX, September 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Local Immigration Reform: States’ Action to Combat Federal Inaction: Illegal or Just a Bad Idea?  National Presbyterian Women’s Group on Racial Ethnic Dialogue, Irving, TX, February 2011
  • Legal Relief Available for International Victims of Human Trafficking, Texas Summit on the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children in Dallas, February 23, 2010, Dallas, TX
  • Relief Available for Undocumented Victims of Domestic Violence and Other Violent Crimes, Conference on Crimes Against Women, March 2010, Dallas, TX
  • Asylum Reform, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Comprehensive Immigration Reform Symposium: A New Decade’s Perspective on Immigration Policy, November 14, 2009, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
  • Multiple presentations of HRI’s Human Rights Curriculum, 2010-2017

Education

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1991, B.A., American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

University of Michigan School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan, J.D., 1998, Cum Laude, Law Review, Dean’s List, Clarence Darrow Scholar

Bar and Court Admissions

Texas State Bar

New York State Bar

Wisconsin State Bar

Ohio State Bar

United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

National Charity League