Chris Antcliff

Chris Antcliff lives in El Paso, Texas with his wife Linda and their three children, Lauren, Matthew and Katherine. He spends his free time traveling with his family as much as possible.


Chris Antcliff is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. As an attorney for nearly 20 years, he’s represented individuals and companies, plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and has litigated cases involving, among other things, civil rights, contracts, torts,insurance claims and defense, personal injury, First and Fourth Amendment claims and defenses, labor and employment, wrongful death, legal and medical malpractice, water rights, environmental issues, and banking. He has argued before numerous appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Texas. Mr. Antcliff has tried more than 60 cases to verdict as an attorney and a district court judge and has authored more than 150 opinions on the merits as an appellate justice.

As a result of his many years of experience as an attorney, a judge and an appellate justice, Chris Antcliff is able to readily identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case and discuss those issues with the parties and their attorneys. While no one is able to accurately predict what a jury might do with any given set of facts, Mr. Antcliff will explain to the parties what they can expect from the legal “system” should they not be able to reach an agreement.

Desk awards


  • Antcliff Mediation, P.L.L.C., El Paso, Texas (January – October, 2011; January 2013 – present)
  • Justice, Court of Appeals, 8th District of Texas, October 2011 – December 2012
  • Judge, 168th Judicial District Court, December 2008 – December 2010
  • Judge, 448th Judicial District Court, November 2007 – December 2008
  • Attorney at Law, September 1997 – November 2007
  • Law Clerk/Briefing Attorney for Hon. David Briones, United States District Court, Western District of Texas, August 1995 – August 1997
Taken while Mr. Antcliff was a Justice on the Texas 8th Court of Appeals.

Taken while Mr. Antcliff was a Justice on the Texas 8th Court of Appeals.


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. (1995)
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. (1992)
  • University of San Diego School of Law, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1993 Institute of International and Comparative Law and the North American Free Trade Agreement
  • Austin High School, El Paso, Texas (1981)


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • El Paso Bar Association Mediator of the Year, 2013
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, El Paso Chapter, Outstanding Jurist, 2010


  • President of the El Paso Bar Association, 2016-2017
  • Member, Texas Attorney-Mediators Coalition, 2013-Present
  • Member, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2014-Present
  • Barrister, George A. McAlmon Chapter, American Inns of Court, 2015 – Present
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, June 2007 – Present
  • Founder and President, El Paso Chapter, Federal Bar Association,
    March 2004 – October 2006;
  • Member, 2004 – Present
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Merit Selection Committee for the
    Western District of Texas, 2003
  • State Bar of Texas Judiciary Relations Committee, May 2002 – May 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, District 17A Grievance Committee, June 1999 – June 2005
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, Western District of Texas,
    El Paso Division, January 2005 – May 2008
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • American Bar Association


  • Amigo Airsho Board of Directors, 2011 – 2014
  • Rotary Club of El Paso, 2008 – Present
  • Board of Directors, St. Luke Catholic Church, 2008 – Present
  • PTA for Loretto Academy, Cathedral HS and Lundy Elementary School
  • Vice Chair, Public Service Board, El Paso Water Utilities, 2013 – Present