honors + affiliations
Member, Energy Bar Association
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
1000 Louisiana St., Suite 4000
Houston, TX 77002-5006
Christina M. Vitale is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Vitale's practice focuses on civil, commercial, environmental litigation, federal energy regulatory law, and related transactions. She has represented clients in civil, commercial, and environmental litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as before federal energy and financial regulatory agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Ms. Vitale has represented an international oilfield services company in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana involving the oil spill by the oil rig the "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico. She has also represented an international financial services company in both federal regulatory and state attorney general investigations alleging violations of federal statutes including the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act and state consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition statutes. She has advised clients on federal energy regulatory compliance issues regarding expanding existing facilities, proposing new facilities, as well as transactions involving the acquisition or sale of power plants and natural gas transportation/storage facilities owned by financial investment companies.
Ms. Vitale has represented shippers and marketers of petroleum products in complex oil-pipeline litigation involving cost-of-service rates as well as index rates. She has also assisted in the representation of petroleum products marketers as well as natural gas pipelines and storage facilities with internal investigations of compliance with FERC regulations and policies. In addition, Ms. Vitale has drafted import/export license applications for interstate natural gas pipelines and represented marketers of petroleum products before the Department of Energy. Ms. Vitale has also advised clients on the reporting requirements related to these import/export licenses.
Ms. Vitale has advised clients on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations regarding natural gas import/export reporting; represented clients in appeals of agency decisions before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and assisted natural gas storage companies with compliance filings such as Tariff Revisions and Statement of Operating Conditions.
As a participant in the Missouri City Municipal Court Volunteer Prosecutor Program, Ms. Vitale has tried more than 45 cases before a judge or jury. She has assisted in drafting a successful appeal for denial of benefits of a WWII Veteran before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Ms. Vitale has also assisted in drafting a Clemency Petition for a non-violent federal drug offender sentenced to life in prison.
Ms. Vitale earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law in 2005, where she was a member of the American University Law Review, a recipient of the Gillet-Mussey Fellowship, and was named to the Order of the Coif. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, with honors, in history from the University of Arizona in 2002, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was president of the Golden Key National Honor Society.
Ms. Vitale is admitted to practice in Texas, the District of Columbia, and Arizona and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
- American University, Washington College of Law, 2005, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
- University of Arizona, 2002, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, With Honors