Christopher K. "Chris" Ralston

Christopher K. "Chris" Ralston


Phelps Dunbar LLP

Recognized since 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Commercial Litigation

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Chris Ralston practices in a broad variety of commercial litigation and specializes in the areas of antitrust law, business torts, contract disputes, securities litigation and arbitration and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Ralston serves as the main litigation contact for a number of the firm's institutional clients. He also serves as a part of the firm's appellate practice.

Mr. Ralston regularly appears in state and federal courts. He frequently litigates breach of contract disputes and enforcement of non-competition agreements. He has tried antitrust, securities fraud, federal qui tam/False Claims Act cases, large real estate suits, and a wide variety of commercial disputes. A substantial segment of his practice includes appellate representation. He has orally argued before the First Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuit of the Louisiana Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana and the Fifth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, he was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Location

  • 365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
    New Orleans, LA 70130-6534

Languages

  • German

Education

  • College of William & Mary, B.A. in International Relations, graduated 1992
  • Tulane University , J.D., graduated 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association - Member
  • Former Federal Law Clerks Association - Member
  • Louisiana Access to Justice Commission - Appointed Member (2015-Present)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Vice President (2019-Present), Treasurer (2018-Present), Board of Directors (2014-Present)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Client Assistance Fund Committee (2014-Present), Crystal Gavel Award Committee -Chair, House of Delegates (2013-Present), Access to Justice Policy Committee (2012-Present), Bench and Bar Section - Vice Chair (2015-Present) and Secretary-Treasurer (2014-20
  • New Orleans Bar Association - President (2016-2017), President-Elect (2015-2016), Vice President (2013-2015), Board of Directors (2008-Present), Tax Law Committee - Chair (2018-Present), Inn of Court - President (2019-Present) & Member (2001-Present), Public Service Committee - Past C
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services - Vice President (2015-Present), First Vice President (2011-2012), Board of Directors & Member (2009-Present)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice

Awards:

  • President's Award, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2013)
  • National President's Citation Award, American Diabetes Association (2011)
  • Leadership in Law Award, New Orleans CityBusiness (2012, 2010, 2009)
  • New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Hall of Fame (Inductee, 2012)
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2006)
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2008)
  • Friend of Pro Bono Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2009)

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