christopher Borreca
Partner

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thompsonhorton.com

Education
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1991
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Affiliations

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • National School Board
  • Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys
  • Education Law Association (ELA), President, 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center and School of Education, Houston, Texas 1998-present
  • Foundation for the Retarded, Board of Trustees, 1996-present
  • Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation, Inc., Board of Governors, 1995-present
  • Houston Bar Association, Legal Lines Committee, 1992-1995
  • Houston Bar Association, IDEA Committee, 1992-1996
  • Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County Advisory Council, Chair, 1990-1991; Vice-Chair, 1984-1990
  • Houston Independent School District Special Education, Advisory Board, 1982-1991
  • Region IV Education Service Center Advisory Board, 1984-1989
  • Wisconsin Association on Mental Deficiency, Vice-President, Education Division, 1980-1982

Christopher P. Borreca is a founding partner of Thompson & Horton LLP.  He was the education director of the Center for the Retarded Inc. in Houston for nine years before becoming an attorney. As a former partner of Bracewell & Giuliani, he has extensive experience in special education issues, as well as contract issues, employment issues and other school law matters. Mr. Borreca also has experience with hearings on student discipline, employee grievances, personnel and school board appeals. A registered lobbyist, he also is active at the state and federal legislative level working on behalf of school districts and educational organizations.

He has published articles in the Houston Lawyer and Texas School Law: A Practical Guide, and has held a leadership position in the Education Law Association (ELA) since 2000 and is currently immediate past president of ELA.

Representative Matters

 

Corpus Christi Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Cole K.; C.A. No. C-03-112 (S.D. Tex. 2004)(Amicus Brief)

Shares v. Katy Indep. Sch. Dist., 252 F. Supp. 2d 364 (S.D. Tex. 2003)

Texas Advocates Supporting Kids with Disabilities v. Texas Educ. Agency; 112 S.W.3d 234 (Tex.App. -- Austin 2003)(Amicus Brief)

Ballard v. Kinkaid School, 147 F. Supp. 2d 603 (S.D. Tex. 2000)

Ibarra v. Houston Independent School District, 84 F.Supp. 2d 825 (S.D. Tex. 1999)

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District v. Michael F., 931 F.Supp. 474. S.D. Tex. 1995, affirmed as modified, 118 F.3d 245, 5th Cir. 1997, cert denied, 522 U.S. 1047, 118 S.Ct. 690 (1998)

Hispanic Education Committee, et al. v. Houston Independent School District, 886 F. Supp. 606 (S.D. Tex. 1995)

La Joya Federation of Teachers v. La Joya ISD; Docket No. 059-R10-1295. Before the commissioner of education of the State of Texas

Rogers v. Houston ISD; Docket No. 020-R2-1096. Before the commissioner of education of the State of Texas

Taylor v. Humble ISD; Docket No. 181-R10-799. Before the commissioner of education of the State of Texas

Andrew T. K. bnf Martha H. & David E. E. v. Houston ISD; Docket No. 246-SE-395. Before a special education hearing officer for the State of Texas

Alief ISD v. Vernon G. b/n/f Mr. And Mrs. Vernon G.; Docket No. 053-SE-1095. Before a special education hearing officer for the State of Texas

Justin D. b/n/f Larry D. v. Spring ISD; Docket No. 162-SE-298; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Smith v. Houston ISD; Docket No. 078-R2-300. Before the commissioner of education of the State of Texas

Whitney H. v. Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District; Docket No. 406-SE-695; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Davis H. v. Lamar Consolidated Independent School District; Docket No. 368-SE-597 Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

John Frank M., Jr., b/n/f Mr. and Mrs. John F. M. v. Katy Independent School District; C.A. No. H-93-1582; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

El Paso Independent School District . Richard R., as next friend of R.R., Mark Berry/R.R., by his next friend E.R. v. El Paso Independent School District; Docket No. 08-50830; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Amicus Brief)

Richardson Independent School District v. Z; USDC 3:05-CV-535; In the United States District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Amicus Brief)

Houston Independent School District v. VP, by next friend Juan and Sylvia P.; Docket No. 07-20817; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Amicus Brief)

Garza, et al v. La Joya ISD, et al; 7:93-CV-00268; In the Southern District of Texas (McAllen)

Pena, et al v. Lopez Supermarket, et al; 1:93-cv-00070; In the Southern District of Texas (Brownsville)

John Wood, Rene Wood, and Robert Wood vs. Katy Independent School District; Board of Trustees of the Katy Independent School District; Christie Whitbeck, in her individual and official capacities; Kevin O'Keefe, in his individual and official capacities; and Texas Education Agency; Case No. 4:09-cv-1390; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

John and Rene Wood, on their own behalf and on behalf of their minor son RW vs. Katy Independent School District, Board of Trustees of Katy Independent School District, Christie Whitbeck, Kevin O'Keefe; C.A. H-08-0358; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

John Wood, On behalf of Minor Son RW; Rene Wood, On Behalf of Minor Son RW; Docket No. 09-20583; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

R.W. b/n/f J. and R.W. vs. Katy Independent School District; Docket No. 006-SE-0908; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Gabriel V. b/n/f Christina V. vs. Corpus Christi Independent School District; Docket No. 093-SE-1209; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Ryan C. b/n/f S.R. vs. Corpus Christi Independent School District; Docket No. 052-SE-1109; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Matthew C. vs. Corpus Christi Independent School District; Docket No. 088-SE-1209; Docket No. 088-SE-1209; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Devin Z. b/n/f D.Z. v. Houston Independent School District; Docket No. 310-SE-0707; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Landon Z. b/n/f D.Z. v. Houston Independent School District; Docket No. 309-SE-0707; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Thomas W. b/n/f D.W. & T.W. vs. Huffman ISD; Docket No. 126-SE-0109; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

William M. bnf Michelle & Roberto G v. Huffman ISD; Docket No. 245-SE-0609; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Issaias W., bnf Darrell W. vs. Humble ISD; Docket No. 047-SE1009; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Joshua F. bnf Steven F. and Linda F. vs. Katy ISD; Docket No. 232-SE-0510; Before a Special Education Hearing Office for the State of Texas

Kelli V. vs. Katy ISD; TEA Docket No. 301-SE-0809; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Garret G. bnf Tracy and Keenan G. vs. Katy ISD; Docket No. 146-SE-0209; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Erich G. b/n/f S.M. v. Katy ISD; Docket No. 136-SE-0210; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Shelby N. bnf Michael & Kim N. v. Montgomery ISD; Docket No. 067-DM-0509; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

 

Solo Jacqueline B. v. Montgomery ISD; Docket No. 093-DM-0809; Before a Special Education Hearing Officer for the State of Texas

Publications and Speeches


"Texas School Law, 2nd Edition" (Chapter Contribution), Education Law Association, 2004

"The Continuing Education of Special Education Law: Case Analysis 19995-2003", LRP Publications, 2004

"A Summary of Proposed Amendments to the Commissioner's Rules Pertaining to Special Education Services", Texas State Bar Section Report, School Law, Vol. 4, No. 4, Spring 2001

"Writing an IEP that is Legally Sound and Educationally Meaningful", Special Education Law Update, Vol. IX, No. 16 and Vol X, No. 1, December 2000, January 2001

"The 1999 IDEA Regulations: A Practical Analysis", Borreca, C.; Goldman, T.; Horton, J.; Mehfoud, K.; Rodrick, B.; Weatherly, R.; and Wynn, D.; National School Board Association 1999

"Texas School Law: A Practical Guide", 1999 Supplement, Borreca, C.; Gregory, R.; Horner, J.; and Muzzy, G.; Education Law Association 1999

"Disciplining Disabled Students: An Analysis of Federal Regulations"; Borreca, C. and Horton, J., Texas State Bar Section Report, School Law, Vol. 3, No. 3, June, 1999

"Reporting Special Education Students to Law Enforcement Authorities", TCASE Newsletter, March 1999

"Education of Public School Students with Disabilities", The Houston Lawyer, March 1997

"Texas School Law: A Practical Guide", Frels, K.; Horner, J.; Camp & Robinson (Chapter Contribution), Education Law Association, 1996

"The Wisconsin Behavior Rating Scale", Jones, J.; Song, A.; Lippert, J.; Metzgen, K.; Borreca, C.; American Journal on Mental Deficiency, July, 1983

Co-Author: "Horizons Curriculum"; Central Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled, 1981

Co-Author: "Skill Progression System"; Central Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled, 1981

appointments

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center, "Disability Law," Houston, Texas

"IDEA Compliance Insider," Board of Advisors, Brownstone Publishers, New York, New York, 2003 -- present

Texas Council of School Attorneys, Legislative Committee Chairperson, 2001-2003

Education Law Association, Dayton, Ohio, Board of Directors 2000-2009

Adjunct Professor, University of Houston, School of Education, "Education Law", Houston, Texas

Texas Education Agency Stakeholder Advisory Committee, Commissioner Rules, 1998 -- present

Texas Education Agency Stakeholder Advisory Committee, District Effectiveness Compliance Revision, 1998-present

Education Law Association, Committee Chairman, "Employment Networking Committee", 1997-2000

West's Education Law Reporter Editorial Advisory Committee, 1994-2003

Foundation for the Retarded, Board of Trustees, 1996-present

Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation, Board of Governors, 1995-present

Houston Bar Association "Legal Lines Committee", 1992-1995

Houston Bar Association IDEA Committee, 1992-1996

Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County Advisory Council -- Chairperson, 1990-1991; Vice Chairperson, 1984-1990

Houston Independent School District Special Education Advisory Board, 1982-1991

Region IV Education Service Center Advisory Board, 1984-1989

Madison (WI) Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee, 1981-1982

Vice-President, Education Division, Wisconsin Association on Mental Deficiency, 1981-1982

conference presentations and speeches

25th Annual School Law Conference, February 19, 2010, Austin, Texas, "The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct: Important Changes"

2010 SWEP Conference, Region 12, February 11, 2010, Houston, Texas, "Legal Issue Regarding Evaluation-Lessons Learned from 2009"

SEACASE, October 5-7, 2009, Orange Beach, Alabama

TCASE Legal Academy, October 1, 2009, Arlington, Texas, "The 81st Texas Legislative Session: What Passed, What Didn't and Why"

Region IV Education Service Center, September 17 and September 23, 2009, Houston, Texas, "Legal and Legislative Update for Directors of Special Education"

Utah Institute on Special Education Law and Practice, August 4-9, 2009, Ogden, Utah, "Catching Up with FPCO: The 2008 Amendments to FERPA"

TCASE Legislative Update, July 30, 2009

Harris County Department of Education, May 7 and August 13, 2009, Houston, Texas

30th Anniversary LRP's National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, April 26-29, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada, "60 Tips in 60 Minutes"

Region IV ESC Summer Evaluation Institute, June 19, 2008, Houston, Texas, "Assessment of Specific Learning Disabilities Under Federal and State Law: A Review of the Statute, the Regulations, the Department of Education Guidance and the Courts"

8th Annual School Law Institute, May 19, 2008, New York, NY, "The Evolution of the IDEA Continues: The Courts Interpret the Statute"

LRP's 29th National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, May 4-7, 2008, Charlotte, North Carolina