CHRISTOPHER KINNISON

CHRISTOPHER KINNISON

Attorney

Christopher Kinnison's practice spans across all areas of immigration law, where he handles cases with an emphasis on family law, business-related matters and removal cases. Chris is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Chris’ passion for the practice of immigration law stems from his experience living abroad. He was born in Thailand in 1978, where he spent the majority of his time until moving to Malaysia in 1996. On graduation from Auburn University in 2001, Chris moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he spent the next two years teaching at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. It is this experience that gives Chris unique insight into the lives of his immigrant clients.
 
Chris has substantial experience in both state and federal courts representing clients across a wide array of practice areas, including commercial and corporate litigation, personal injury, construction litigation, redhibition, products liability, premises liability, successions, property litigation and tax litigation.

Chris holds a J.D. from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he graduated cum laude in 2010. He graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.A. in 2007.

Chris lives in Alexandria, Louisiana, with his wife and two daughters. Chris’ passions include teaching English as a second language to the local immigrant community as well as being involved with his local church.

  • Representative Matters
    • Consults with local businesses on how to comply with national immigration laws when hiring immigrant
    • workers
    • Assists and defends businesses in investigations conducted by the United States Department of Labor
    • Works with district attorneys offices in developing a system of best practices when non-citizens face
      criminal proceedings
    • Consults with local and statewide criminal defense attorneys regarding their representation of non-U.S.
      citizen clients
    • Assists clients in their path to permanent residency and United States citizenship
    • Represents clients in immigration court facing removal proceedings
    • Helps individuals facing persecution abroad obtain asylum status in the United States
    • Helps businesses obtain the proper visas for their non-immigrant employees
    • Has successfully represented contractors and homeowners across the state in construction defect cases;
    • Assists contractors and construction companies with the filing of liens under the Private Works Act;
    • Drafts construction contracts to be used for the protection and benefit of contractors and construction companies
    • Has successfully defended numerous fast-food chains and other places of public accommodation against
      personal injury claims brought by customers
    • Helped obtained release of an attorney incarcerated for contempt of court by seeking an emergency writ
      with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Successfully defended business owner against alleged business partner seeking recognition of an
      ownership interest in a $30 million business acquisition
    • Successfully represented major commercial trucking manufacturer in federal court against
      claims for wrongful death and violation of the Louisiana Products Liability Act
    • Successfully represented non-profit corporation in Central Louisiana against claims brought by
      plaintiffs seeking dismissal of board members
  • Professional Memberships
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • Crossroads-American Inns of Court of Alexandria-Pineville (2010-2013)
  • Bar and Court Admissions
    • All U.S. Immigration Courts
    • Supreme Court of Louisiana
    • United States District Courts
      • Eastern District of Louisiana
      • Middle District of Louisiana
      • Western District of Louisiana
      • United States Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • Volunteer Activities
    • Teaches English as a Second Language to Immigrants living in Central Louisiana
    • Teaches Sunday School/small groups at his local church
    • Works with Legal Services of Central Louisiana in providing pro bono services to indigent clients
    • Partners with non-profit organizations in providing free legal services to indigent immigrant clients
    • Consults with various non-profit associations in all matters involving corporate structure and compliance

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