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Elizabeth Christina "Christy" Jack

Nationally-recognized criminal trial attorney focused on serious cases.
  • Criminal Law
  • Texas
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Summary

Christy Jack is a nationally recognized trial attorney who has handled thousands of criminal cases during her 25-year legal career — first as a prosecutor and now as a highly sought-after criminal defense attorney. She has tried more than 200 cases before a jury, ranging from sexual assault to capital murder. Nationwide, there are few who have her level of experience handling death penalty cases.

Prior to becoming a partner at the Fort Worth defense firm of Varghese Summersett, Christy served as a prosecutor for more than two decades in the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. She was highly regarded by three administrations and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief — becoming one of only five attorneys on the 325-member staff with that supervisory title and role. 

Recognized by former Governor Rick Perry for her experience in sexual assault cases, Christy was appointed in 2011 to head the Governing Board of Texas Civil Commitment Office, which is responsible for overseeing the state's most violent sex offenders. Governor Gregg Abbott later reappointed her to this position. Christy also recently completed her term as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the State Bar of Texas, which is made up of more than 3100 criminal practitioners across the state of Texas. 

When she is not in the courtroom, Christy can often be found sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She is frequently called upon to speak to students, lawyers and legislators about procedural law, law enforcement trends and criminal justice issues. She often lectures on capital murder and aggravated sexual assault.

Christy was recently awarded the Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award from Texas Tech Law Alumni Association. She was also recently featured in an episode of 48 Hours about an infamous Texas murder.

Education
Texas Tech University
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Baylor University
B.A. / Business Administration, Marketing (1988)
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Honors: Graduated Cum Laude
Professional Experience
Litigation Expert
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
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Deputy Chief Prosecutor
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
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Chief Prosecutor
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
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Crimes Against Children Unit
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
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Felony Trial Division
Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
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Misdemeanor Trial Division
Tarrant County Distrtict Attorney's Office
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Speaking Engagements
Civil Commitment, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Houston
TexasBarCLE
Criminal Law 101, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Houston
TexasBarCLE
Closing Arguments in Death Penalty Cases, TDCAA & Mississippi Spring Conference, Texas & Mississippi
Closing Arguments in Sexual Assault Cases, Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, Texas
Trace Evidence, Making or Breaking Your Case, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Pretrial Issues, Experts, Voir Dire, Extraneous Offenses, Closing Argument, Advanced Criminal Law Course
Center for American and International Law
Punishment Evidence: It's not what he did, it's who he is, TDCAA Annual Seminar
Center for American and International Law
Mining for, Meeting and Mitigating Mitigation, Capital Litigation Seminar, Plano, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Building a Killer Case, Homicide Investigators School, Fort Worth, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Emerging Trends in Forensic Science, Texas Wesleyan Prosecution Clinic, Fort Worth, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Aggravating and Mitigating Circumstances, Association of Government and Capital Litigators, San Diego, California
Center for American and International Law
Daubert Hearings, Capital and Non Capital Trial Prosecution Seminar, Plano, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Capital Voir Dire, Capital Trial Prosecution Seminar, Plano, Texas
Center for American and International Law
The State of the Death Penalty, Capital Trial Prosecution Seminar, Plano, Texas
Center for American and International Law
Emerging Trends in Forensic Science, TDCAA Annual Investigators Seminar, Austin, Texas
Texas District and County Attorneys Association
Keynote Address: Closing Arguments, Prosecutor Trial Skills Course, Fort Worth, Texas
Texas District and County Attorneys Association
Capital Litigation, Tarrant County Criminal Defense Bar Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Association
Coming to a Courtroom Near Year, Texas Civil Committment, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, Dallas Texas
State Bar of Texas
Naked and Unafraid: A Guide to Navigating Texas Discovery Under 39.14, Baylor Law School, Waco Texas
Baylor Law School
How Far We've Come: Panel Discussion on Section 39.14 and Brady, CLE House Call, El Paso Texas
Criminal Justice Section
Certifications
Licensed attorney
State Bar of Texas
Awards
Daniel H. Benson Public Service Award
Texas Tech Alumni Association
This award recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated significant and substantial contributions to furthering ideals of public service in the law.
Best Lawyer in Dallas
D Magazine
Top Attorney
360 West Magazine
Sexual Assault Defense Attorneys
Varghese Summersett
Top Attorney
Fort Worth Magazine
Chris Marshall Award (co-recipient)
Texas District & County Attorneys Association
Nominated as a Top Business Woman
Business Press
Rising star
Texas Super Lawyers
Go-To Lawyer For Criminal Prosecution
Texas Lawyer Magazine
This state-wide award is only given every five years.
Professional Associations
TARRANT COUNTY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER'S ASSOCIATION
Member
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Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
- Current
Governing Board of Texas Civil Commitment Office
Chair
- Current
Texas State Bar # 10445200
Member
- Current
Wichita County District Attorney's Office
Special Prosecutor
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State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice Section
Past Chair
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Parker County District Attorney's Office
Special Prosecutor
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Johnson County District Attorney's Office
Special Prosecutor
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Wise County District Attorney's Office
Special Prosecutor
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Area
  • Criminal Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Homicides
  • Sex Crimes
  • Serious Felonies
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Varghese Summersett PLLC: Criminal Defense Lawyers
Website
Christy Jack | Criminal Defense Attorney
Blog
Versus Texas Blog
Blog
What should you do if you are accused of a violent crime in Texas?
Blog
Should you take a polygraph?
Blog
Homicide Defense | Understanding Criminal Homicide in Texas
Blog
What’s the difference between Murder and Capital Murder?
Blog
Courtroom Etiquette 101: The Do’s and Don’ts of the Courtroom
Blog
Murder in Texas | Murder Criminal Defense Attorney in Texas
Blog
“Sudden Passion” Murder Cases in Texas
Videos
Varghese Summersett PLLC | Criminal Defense Lawyers

Varghese Summersett is a premier criminal defense firm located in Fort Worth, Texas. Our attorneys focus exclusively on criminal law and represent clients charged with crimes at both the state and federal level. We handle everything from DWI to capital murder to white collar crime. Collectively, our attorneys bring together more than 90 years of criminal law experience and have tried more than 500 cases before Texas juries. Many of our attorneys served as former state and federal prosecutors and four are Board Certified in Criminal law, the highest designation an attorney can reach. We are the firm people turn to when the stakes are high and they are facing the biggest problem in their life. Learn more at https://www.versustexas.com/

Should you take a polygraph?

Defense attorney Christy Jack discusses whether you should take a polygraph if a detective contacts you about a criminal investigation. Visit our video page to find out answers to other important questions: https://www.versustexas.com/category/videos/

Violent criminal offenses in Texas

What should you do if you're accused of a violent crime in Texas? Attorney Christy Jack explains in this short video. Learn more about Christy at https://www.versustexas.com/christy-jack/

Proactive Criminal Defense

Proactive Criminal Defense

The difference between a capital murder trial and a murder trial.

Attorney Christy Jack is known throughout the state for her experience handling murder and capital murder cases. Learn more at https://www.versustexas.com/criminal/murder-versus-capital-murder/

Contact & Map
Varghese Summersett
300 Throckmorton Street
Suite 1650
Fort Worth, TX 76102
USA
Telephone: (817) 203-2220