Faithful To The Course

Faithful To The Course

Faithful To The Course

by Steve Gamel

 

Leave it to a lawyer to still have the physical evidence that proves exactly when he knew what he wanted to do for a living. Drew Christman was just a second-grader when, along with the rest of his classmates, he was asked to make an aspirational book out of a stack of construction paper. The book was only a few pages thick, and each child used scissors to cut theirs into the shape of themselves. On one of his pages, young Drew wrote that he wanted to be a lawyer – and eventually the President of the United States.

“I knew all Presidents were lawyers at one time in their careers,” said Drew, now the Managing Partner of Christman Attorneys, PLLC. “If I wanted to make a difference, I figured that’s where I should start.” His desire to be the President has mellowed over time – Drew joked he wouldn’t even want to be mayor. But he’s been faithful to the course with his dream of being an attorney. Each step was purposeful, and his resolve never wavered even as the road to success turned out to be more challenging than the one he built up in his ambitious second-grade mind. “Law school was hard work, but this is what I’ve always enjoyed doing,” Drew said. That conviction and entrepreneurial spirit is a big reason why he’s quickly become the go-to counsel for small-business owners and corporations all over Denton County and beyond – all of whom have big dreams of their own.

Christman Attorneys is a boutique, faith-based firm located in Highland Village. It is known for tackling business issues, such as simple business formation and employee relationships and disputes, to fraud, commercial real estate, non-compete and confidentiality suits, and more. The firm was voted Best Business Law Firm by Best of Denton County voters and is equally skilled at cases involving family law, entertainment law, and lawsuit mediation.

We could say more about the firm, but there’s something to be said for learning about the family behind its success. After all, people do business with people, and there’s certainly a lot to like about Drew and his loving wife of 22 years, Clarissa. As one of their many stories go, Drew, a native of Sherman, and Clarissa, who grew up in Grand Prairie, met when they were undergrads at Texas A&M. But because Drew was a freshman at the time (Clarissa was a junior), she wanted nothing to do with him. “I shunned him,” Clarissa said. “It was an immature way to handle it, but that’s what I did.” “It must have been that freshman stink on me,” Drew said with a laugh. “She wouldn’t return my calls … nothing.” A year later, the two crossed paths at a Bible study lunch and Clarissa had a change of heart. They were officially an item, and following Drew’s graduation in 1996, they were married by that July. A month after that, they moved to Virginia so Drew could attend Regent University School of Law. Together, they have two boys, Justus and Austin, and are both actively involved in The Village Church and the local community.

Clarissa could see from the beginning that Drew was dead-set on becoming an attorney, and he didn’t rest on his laurels once he got to law school. He chose Regent because he knew Jay Sekulow, an attorney who currently serves as special counsel to President Trump and as the Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, had an office on the fourth floor of the university. Drew wanted to work for him and immediately offered to be a volunteer on the first day of school. That proactive mindset quickly opened a lot of doors for Drew, who spent a great deal of time studying into the wee hours of the night, going to school by day, and volunteering his time as a law clerk. He got his big break as an Assistant Attorney General of Alabama under the honorable William Pryor and spent the next 10 years in Alabama.

“I had never been to Alabama before, let alone live there,” Drew joked. “But there we were.” He made the most of that time, gaining extensive experience in constitutional litigation, administrative prosecution, and general civil litigation. After 10 years, which included transitioning into running his own practice handling business litigation, the Christmans moved back to Texas and settled down with a new practice in Denton County. “You never know what that course is going to look like until you get into it,” Clarissa said. “There were a lot of sacrifices for the both of us, but one thing I’ve always appreciated about Drew is his strong convictions. I’ve never had to wonder if he’s steady or not. He’s very purposeful and faithful to the course.”

Today, Drew and Clarissa have built a solid team with a reputation for predicting potential problems in a company’s path and offering sound solutions that work. It’s par for the course for Drew, who always knows which direction he is headed. “I wouldn’t change anything,” Drew said. “And being on this journey with Clarissa has been the biggest reward.”

 

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