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.
What legal services does this lawyer offer?
Litigation - Intellectual Property
New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Hall of Fame (Inductee, 2012)
Leadership in Law Award, New Orleans CityBusiness (2012, 2010, 2009)
Friend of Pro Bono Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2009)
Pro Bono Publico Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2008)
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, Louisiana State Bar Association (2006)
National President's Citation Award, American Diabetes Association (2011)
President's Award, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2013)
Organizations & Affiliations
American Bar Association
American Diabetes Association
National Board of Directors (2018 - Present), New Orleans Community Leadership Board (Board Chair, 2014-Present; Board Member, 2009-Present)
Federal Bar Association
Louisiana Access to Justice Commission
Louisiana Bar Foundation
Louisiana State Bar Association
Client Assistance Fund Committee, Crystal Gavel Award Committee, House of Delegates, Access to Justice Policy Committee, Bench and Bar Section
New Orleans Bar Association
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
The Pro Bono Project
Tulane University Alumni Association
Tulane University Law School Alumni Association
Tulane University, J.D.
College of William & Mary, B.A. in International Relations