Chris Ameel obtained his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1982 and his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1989.
Chris started his legal career 24 years ago at the Texas Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Tort Litigation Division in February 1990. In May 1991, he accepted an Associate position with Harris & Harris, where he remained for 15 years. During his time with Harris & Harris, he became a Partner and managed and supervised the Litigation Section. In September 2005, Chris joined Adami, Goldman & Shuffield, a San Antonio based insurance defense firm. Chris was the Partner in charge of the firm’s Austin branch office.
On August 25, 2008, Chris opened his law firm, Christopher Ameel, Attorney at Law, PLLC. His practice is devoted entirely to the representation of carriers and employers in workers’ compensation related disputes.
During his career, Chris has represented insurance carriers, political subdivisions, self-insured employers, and third-party administrators in all facets of workers’ compensation litigation. While Chris is primarily involved in representation of his clients at the Division of Workers’ Compensation field offices and in trial court actions seeking judicial review of final DWC decisions; he has also been involved in a variety of related adversarial matters. Other cases he has defended have included: suits for defamation, wrongful discrimination, bad faith, subrogation recovery, medical provider billing fraud, and non-subscriber negligence; compliance issues at the DWC’s central office in Austin, and appeals at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). Over the course of his career, Chris has tried over 60 lawsuits to verdict or judgment. These trials have been conducted across the state, as far west as El Paso, east to Longview, south to Corpus Christi, and north to Hereford. Chris has also been involved in over 10 appeals filed in state appellate courts, including the Texas Supreme Court.
Chris's ambitious passionate nature extends far beyond the Courtroom. He is a marathon runner, completing 19 and counting, his family life with his wife and partner of over 22 years, Lisa, teen daughter, Alexandra, boxer, Winston, and his continued study of his faith life journey.