Chris Luna is the founder and managing director of The
Luna Group LLC. The Luna Group is a hospitality
and business consulting firm based in Dallas. The Luna Group
also previously owned and operated the Pizza Hut Express
restaurants at the Dallas Convention Center.
Chris graduated from the University of Texas at Austin
School of Law in 1986 and UT's business school in accounting
1983. His professional legal career included the firms of
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay,
both in Dallas. He also clerked for Judge Robert C. McGuire,
Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of
First elected to the Dallas City Council in 1991, and re-elected
for two additional terms, Chris served as the first Hispanic
deputy mayor pro tem in the nation's eighth largest municipality
and championed issues vital to his inner-city district, which
included downtown, entertainment districts and the convention
His service has continued to earn the respect that first
drew the attention of the Dallas Times Herald, which in endorsing
him in November 1991 said: "Attorney Chris Luna is one
of the most impressive candidates to enter any race for the
City Council." Chris' effective representation led The
Dallas Morning News to say in March 1995, "Mr. Luna,
a lawyer in private practice, is viewed as one of the most
outspoken and knowledgeable members of the council" and
in May 2006, "The former Dallas City Council member
still possesses the energy and intellect he brought to City
Hall in the 1990s."
Chris continues to serve the Dallas community. He is past
chairman of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and
past president of the Dallas Assembly. Chris is an advisory
director of the Laredo National Bank is a former director
of Colonial Casualty Insurance Company. He also serves on
the board of directors of Shared Housing Center, Inc. and
Black Tie Dinner, Inc.
Chris believes firmly in developing tomorrow's leaders, which
he exhibited by being a law instructor at Southern Methodist
University School of Law and El Centro College, and a government
instructor at UT Dallas. He also taught a class in travel,
meeting, and hospitality law at Richland College. Chris also
served several years on the President's Hispanic Advisory
Council at UT Arlington.
Chris has served in other positions that further his dedication
to cultivating new business and the arts in the Dallas area.
He volunteered on the boards of the Shakespeare Festival
of Dallas, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas-Fort Worth Regional
Film Commission, and Downtown Improvement District.
Chris maintains memberships in the State Bar of Texas, the
Dallas Hispanic Bar Association of Dallas, and the Dallas
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