Christian D. Menefee

As the Harris County Attorney, Christian D. Menefee is the chief civil lawyer for the largest county in Texas. He is the first African-American and the youngest person to serve in the position.

Christian leads the Harris County Attorney’s Office, which represents Harris County and serves the people of Harris County through impactful litigation and enforcement of the laws designed to protect Harris County residents. The office fights for environmental justice by enforcing environmental laws and related County regulations, protects neglected and abused children in CPS proceedings, advocates for the elderly and incapacitated through the Harris County Guardianship Program, and serves as legal counsel to Harris Health System and the Harris County Toll Road Authority. The office serves Harris County and its departments, officials, and employees in lawsuits, and provides them legal advice in other matters.

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Biography

Before serving as Harris County Attorney, Christian practiced in the Houston offices of two international law firms, focusing on business litigation and corporate investigations. In private practice, Christian also focused heavily on pro bono work, including advising the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, advising immigrants and their families at Bush Intercontinental Airport during the “Muslim ban,” and working with Texas Appleseed on expanding alternatives to involuntary commitment for the mentally ill. Additionally, he completed a fellowship with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office.

The son of two veterans, Christian attended public schools in Harris County and was the first in his family to attend college. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Washington University St. Louis School of Law.