Jones Day partner Christopher Domingo named among Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40
Christopher H. Domingo was named to the Houston Business Journal 2020 40 Under 40 list. The honorees were selected from nearly 800 nominations and 400 applications. A panel of judges from across industries scored the nominees on leadership, overcoming challenges, and community involvement.
Mr. Domingo is a trial lawyer with first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial and business litigation, with a particular focus on representing clients in the energy industry. On behalf of Chevron Corporation, Mr. Domingo recently obtained dismissal of five matters pending in Nigerian courts, involving more than 3,000 plaintiffs and claimed damages exceeding $100 million, stemming from a natural gas well blowout six miles off the coast of Nigeria. Plaintiffs alleged that Chevron's Nigerian affiliate was responsible for the incident. He worked with local Nigerian counsel to challenge each case on procedural grounds, arguing that the cases were an abuse of court process or were otherwise statute-barred. These lawsuits were Nigerian companion suits to Ogola v. Chevron Corporation, a $5 billion class action in San Francisco federal court, for which Mr. Domingo won dismissal in 2017 following years of litigation. Mr. Domingo’s current work includes counseling clients about challenges related to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including contractual issues related to force majeure and operational constraints in light of government orders.
He has served as a volunteer prosecutor for the City of Houston and has assisted women and children before the immigration and family courts. Mr. Domingo has also represented clients in civil rights actions, litigating one matter through trial and obtaining a substantial jury verdict. He is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and an active member of the Houston Bar Association. Mr. Domingo serves on the Advisory Council for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
The 2020 Class of Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40 honorees will be recognized in its Oct. 30 weekly edition and celebrated during a live broadcast on October 29.