Christopher T. Borniger
As the son of a lawyer whose appetite for the written word was ravenous, Mr. Borniger early on recognized the power of language. A series of influential teachers reinforced that respect, including a college newspaper adviser who ensured that young journalists would never forget the pithy but powerful creed “Words Matter.”
After six years working as a newspaper journalist, Chris changed careers so that he could apply his communication skills to the world of advocacy. Today, as a litigator and partner at Morris Laing, Chris brings those skills to bear in a range of matters as diverse as financial services, bankruptcy, real estate, personal injury, and civil rights.
Chris has counseled clients through all phases of litigation, from pre-suit negotiations to appeals. He continues to preach the gospel of “Words Matter” but, with a sensitivity to clients’ time and resources, strives for expedient and efficient solutions.
When he isn’t refining a legal argument, Chris enjoys writing creatively, watching movies with his wife and kids, and tinkering with his electric guitar rig in the vain hope of someday mastering Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” Following in the footsteps of his dad, who helped organize the Wichita area’s only nonprofit hospice, Chris serves on the board of directors of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.
- The University of Kansas, B.S.J., with highest distinction, 2001
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2010
- Kansas Bar, 2010
- Missouri Bar, 2012
- United States District Court for the District of Kansas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Tenth Circuit
- Member, Kansas Bar Association, Wichita Bar Association
- Executive Articles Editor, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
- Outstanding Staff Member, 2009-2010
- Outstanding Staff Editor, 2008-2009
- Judicial Intern, the Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Copy Editor, The Dallas Morning News
- Copy Editor, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Copy Editor (Intern), The New York Times
- John P. Murphy Award for Excellence in Copy Editing, 2004, Texas Daily Newspaper Association (annual award given to the top copy editor among Texas newspapers)
- John Bremner Editing Award, 2001 (annual award given to the top editing student at the University of Kansas School of Journalism)
- Vice Chairman, Board of Directors of Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice