Christina M. Vitale litigates complex matters before US state and federal courts, with an emphasis on financial services, banking enforcement actions, and consumer protection class actions. Christina represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Office of the Comptroller, and state attorneys general. She assists clients in matters relating to consumer protection matters and unfair/deceptive business practices, bankruptcy litigation and claims issues, forensic accounting issues including identity theft and wire fraud/credit card fraud, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, state unfair competition laws, data privacy issues, and the US Bankruptcy Code. Christina is the Houston office’s Pro Bono Chair.
Christina has also represented an oilfield services company in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill multidistrict litigation.
Christina represents international financial services companies in both federal regulatory and state attorney general investigations alleging violations of federal and state consumer protection statutes. Christina has conducted numerous internal investigations for financial services companies and counseled clients on compliance issues. Christina’s work in the energy industry is also wide ranging. She has represented shippers and marketers of petroleum products in complex oil-pipeline litigation involving cost-of-service and index rates. She has appeared before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
In addition to litigation, Christina advises energy clients on FERC and other federal energy regulatory compliance issues surrounding facility expansion, new facilities proposals, power plant acquisition or sale, and natural gas transportation and storage facilities owned by financial investment companies. She assists clients with compliance filings, such as Tariff Revisions and Statement of Operating Conditions.
Christina conducts internal investigations for clients who want to ensure their own compliance with FERC regulations and policies. With experience drafting import/export license applications for interstate gas pipelines, she advises clients on the US Department of Energy and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement requirements for these applications. She also assists clients with SEC filings related to equity and debt offerings and the sale or acquisition of energy facilities and assets.
With an active pro bono practice, Christina participated in the Missouri City Municipal Court Volunteer Prosecutor Program, where she tried more than 45 cases before a judge or jury. She also successfully appealed the denial of benefits for a World War II veteran before the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, helped draft a clemency petition to President Obama for a nonviolent drug offender faced with a life sentence and successfully argued a Motion to Vacate the life sentence, and represented a juvenile in a criminal resentencing who had originally been sentenced to an unconstitutional mandatory life term in 1999.
American University, Washington College of Law, 2005, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Arizona, 2002, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, With Honors
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin