Hon. Christopher Antcliff

El Paso, Texas

Christopher A. Antcliff is an El Paso attorney, mediator and arbitrator.  He is a former justice on the Texas 8th District Court of Appeals as well as a former judge of the 168th and 448th Judicial District Courts in El Paso.

Judge Antcliff is currently the president of the El Paso Bar Association, former president of the El Paso Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit.  In 2010 Judge Antcliff was named Outstanding Jurist by the El Paso Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and in 2013 he was named the El Paso Bar Association's Mediator of the Year.  He is a current member and former chair of the Public Service Board which governs El Paso Water, a former vice-chair of the City of El Paso Ethics Review Commission, and a member of the Rotary Club of El Paso, the Board of Directors of the Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, and past member of the Board of Directors for the Amigo Airsho.

Judge Antcliff is a graduate of Austin High School in El Paso, Texas Tech University, and Texas Tech University School of Law.

Judge Antcliff is 57 years old and was the first baby boy born at Kirk Army Hospital on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.  He has been married to his wife Linda for 31 years and they have three children, Lauren, Matthew and Katherine. Judge Antcliff and his family have traveled extensively – pre-Covid-19.  Their most recent trip was to Poland.  His office is full of photographs that he has taken all over the world.

Education  + -

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    Doctor of Jurisprudence   May 13, 1995
  • University of San Diego School of Law, Guanajuato, Mexico
    Institute of International and Comparative Law / The North American Free Trade Agreement.   1993
  • Texas Tech University Lubbock. Texas
    B.A. Political Science   1992
  • Austin High School, El Paso, Texas

Experience  + -

  • Attorney/Mediator/Arbitrator
    2011 and 2013 to Present
  • Place 2, Court of Appeals, 8th District of Texas
    Justice   2011 to 2012
  • 168th Judicial District Court
    Judge   2008 to 2010.
  • 448th Judicial District Court
    Judge   2007 to 2008
  • Attorney/Mediator/Arbitrator
    2005 to 2008
  • Attorney at Law
    Sole Practitioner & member of small firm   1997 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
    For the Honorable David Briones   1995 to 1997
  • Course Instructor
    Business Law & Corporate Law, Texas Tech University   1993 to 1995

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
    Member   2016 to Present
  • Texas Attorney-Mediators Coalition
    Member   2013 to Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    Life Fellow   2007 to Present
  • El Paso Chapter, Federal Bar Association
    Founder and President   2004 to 2006
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's Merit Selection Committee ( West Texas )
    Member   2003
  • El Paso Bar Association
    Treasurer, Board of Directors   2013 to Present
  • El Paso Bar Association
    Secretary Board of Directors   2012 to 2013
  • EI Paso Bar Association
    Member, Board of Directors   2003 to 2006
  • State Bar of Texas Judiciary Relations Committee
    Member   2002 to 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, District I7A Grievance Committee
    Member   1999 to 2005
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Committee, Western District of Texas, El Paso Division
    Member   2005 to 2008
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association. El Paso Chapter
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • 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 Public Service Board (PSB)
    Chair   2016 to 2020
  • Public Service Board, EL Paso Water Utilities
    Member   2014 to Present
  • City of El Paso Ethics Review Commission
    Member   2018 to 2021
  • Finance Council, Catholic Diocese of El Paso
    Member   2014 to Present
  • Amigo Airsho Board of Directors
    Member   2011 to Present
  • Rotary Club of El Paso
    Member   2008 to Present
  • Board of Directors, St. Luke Catholic Church
    Member   2008 to Present
  • PTA for Loretto Academy, Cathedral HS and Lundy Elementary School
  • PTSO, YISD Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Troop 59, Boy Scouts of America
    Committee Chair

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Bob Black, Texas Tech University, State Bar Leader Award
  • El Paso Bar Association, Mediator of the Year
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, El Paso Chapter, Outstanding Jurist
  • Award of Appreciation, El Paso County Sheriff" s Officers' Association
  • National Quarterfinalist (Evidence Specialist), National Mock Trial Competition, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Vice Chair for Appellate Advocacy (Scholarship Position)
  • Outstanding Member, Board of Barristers, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Judge Kenneth G. Spencer Award for Overcoming Adversity