Christine P. Payne

Partner | Austin and Chicago


Christine Payne is a nationally recognized advocate specializing in eDiscovery and litigation strategy.  With deep experience in high-dollar, bet-the-company cases, Christine handles all aspects of case strategy and discovery for complex commercial litigation, restructuring-related litigation, products-liability litigation, antitrust matters, Section 220 requests, and ongoing or anticipated investigations.  Christine also leads the Firm's Restructuring Discovery team. 

Christine counsels clients on litigation readiness, developing eDiscovery strategy, and recovering from data loss. Christine also teaches, speaks, and writes frequently about eDiscovery strategy and advocacy. 


Christine’s clients range from Fortune-100 technology companies and accounting firms to healthcare laboratories and manufacturing companies. Before joining Redgrave, Christine was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis, where she served as co-chair of the firm-wide Electronic Discovery Committee.


  • Mentioned by 2019 Legal 500 in eDiscovery: "[A] savvy advocate," who "is amazing with clients" and "has a deep understanding of sophisticated systems and the folks who manage them."
  • Highly Commended by Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards for strategy in eDiscovery, 2017
  • Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal in its 2019 “Women Worth Watching” annual list of women who are leading the way to excellence in the workplace, marketplace and the world


  • Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago, “Electronic Discovery Law and Problem Solving”
  • Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law, "Legal Research and Writing: Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy"
  • Author, “Three Strategic Choices in E-Discovery,” New York Law Journal, February 2, 2018
  • Speaker, "Investigate This! eDiscovery Is Not Just for Litigation Anymore," Masters Conference
  • Speaker, “Reinventing E-Discovery for the A.I. World,” Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists
  • Speaker, “Confidentiality & Privilege Protections in the Digital Age,” Council of Counsels, Office of the Governor
  • Speaker, “Obtaining and Using Evidence From eDiscovery, Social Media, The Internet of Things and The Dark Web; Subpoenas, Privilege, Brady, Encryption, Preservation,” White Collar Crime National Institute
  • Speaker, “Tying eDiscovery Strategy to Trial Strategy,” Masters Conference
  • Speaker, “Sanctions Under Amended Rule 37,” Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery
  • Speaker, “FRCP Amendments: Practical Implications and Discussion,” Masters Conference


  • The Chicago Inn of Court


  • J.D., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • Illinois
  • Texas