Nyst was born in the town of Blackall, Queensland, to Edmond and Teresa. He had two older brothers, Phillip and Malcolm, and spent his childhood on a farm near Ipswich. He is married to Julie and has four children, two daughters Carly and Annabelle, and two sons, Brendan and Jonathan, who work in his law firm.   In June 2016, Chris Nyst`s law firm was involved in criminal proceedings involving two former employees of his law firm Nyst Legal. The two former employees were accused of “carrying out transactions to circumvent reporting obligations and perverting the course of justice”. It was alleged that the two former employees were involved in “stacking,” conduct designed to prevent transactions from being reported to the federal government`s Financial Intelligence Unit.  He is a senior member of the International Commission of Jurists and served as Special Advisor to the UN Inquiry into Human Rights Violations in East Timor. He is co-founder of Lynne Weathered and Jason Murakami and is currently a member of Griffith University`s Innocence Project. Chris Nyst (born November 1953) is an Australian lawyer and writer. Nyst began his film career with the acclaimed Australian film Gettin` Square, starring David Wenham and Sam Worthington, which he wrote and co-produced. The film earned Chris the 2003 Lexus IF Award for Best Screenplay and David Wenham the Best Actor Award at the AFI Awards, Critic`s Circle Awards, Lexus IF Awards and Australian Comedy Awards. He has been admitted to practice in other jurisdictions, including the Supreme Courts of Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania as a barrister and solicitor. He is also a practitioner in the High Court of Australia.
 Because of our Gold Coast heritage and its deep diversity and local culture, our firm is supported by lawyers who speak Portuguese, Spanish, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi and Punjabi. In 1999, Chris Nyst turned to fiction and wrote his first novel, Cop This! Her second novel, Gone, was nominated for the Queensland Premier`s Literary Awards and her third novel, Crook as Rookwood, won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award, Australia`s premier crime award. Nyst attended the University of Queensland and earned a law degree and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1977. In 2001, Nyst left his position as Senior Partner of the International Minter Ellison Legal Group to become the founding director of the litigation firm Nyst Lawyers, now renamed Nyst Legal.  Lawyers who manage problems and provide solutions with expertise, energy and influence. In 2006, Nyst founded his own production company, Nyst Entertainment and Carbon Studio, which produced the feature film Crooked Business in 2007. He wrote and directed the film, which was released nationally in 2008. After a long hiatus, Chris Nyst returned to crime writing with his latest novel. Our track record ensures that our clients receive world-class service and expert advice that leads to meaningful and positive solutions.
We have helped a wide range of clients, from public and private companies to federal politicians and sports and entertainment celebrities. Our Brisbane and Gold Coast lawyers uphold the honour and dignity of our profession at all times. Our clients rely on the expertise, dynamism, innovative strategy, dedicated service and tactical management that always ensure they achieve the excellent results we insist on for ourselves. In 2009, Nyst was appointed Director of the Board of Directors of Screen Queensland.  Throughout his career, he has represented several high-profile clients, including Brenden Abbott, Pauline Hanson and Bernard Tomic.  Directors Chris Nyst and Brendan Nyst lead our team of experienced lawyers on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. We advise on dispute resolution and civil litigation, defamation, criminal law, traffic law, corporate misconduct and supervision, family law, commercial, corporate and property law, as well as wills and estates. Chris Nyst and his son Brendan filed a defamation suit in Queensland District Court on 7 August 2020.  They claimed that a 22-year-old Brisbane man defamed them by leaving a Google review of Nyst Legal, the law firm of which they are both directors. According to the complaint filed with the court, the exam contained no text and was a “one-star rating.” They claimed the review was defamatory because it implied that Nyst Legal “provides poor service and should be avoided, is unprofessional and incompetent, and the quality of the work they produce is poor.”  He is an Associate Professor of Law at Griffith University and a past President of the Gold Coast Law Association. He has also been a guest lecturer in criminal law, advocacy law and entertainment law at Queensland University of Technology and Bond University. .