Christopher K. Ralston

Chris Ralston handles a range of commercial litigation and focuses in the areas of antitrust law, business torts, trade secret litigation and contract disputes, tax litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, direct selling 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.

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Chris Ralston handles a range of commercial litigation and focuses in the areas of antitrust law, business torts, trade secret litigation and contract disputes, tax litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, direct selling 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, licensing and distributor agreements. He has tried antitrust, securities fraud, federal qui tam/False Claims Act cases, large real estate suits and a variety of commercial disputes. A substantial segment of his practice includes appellate representation. He has also successfully handled appeals at each of the five Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Louisiana and the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Ralston serves on the firm’s eDiscovery Team and helps guide the firm’s efforts to ensure that the firm's lawyers are on the cutting edge of the evolving legislative and jurisprudential rules which govern electronic discovery and have the best tools available to efficiently collect, review and produce electronic data for the firm’s clients. The eDiscovery Team also works with clients to develop strategies for electronic data organization, retention and collection – both before and during litigation – so they are prepared to actively avoid, pursue or defend disputes in the most efficient way possible.

Mr. Ralston also serves as deputy practice coordinator for the firm's litigation group in New Orleans.

Experience

  • Obtained federal court ruling in favor of firm client, including injunction against corporation claiming patent infringement by client and final judgment invalidating corporation's patents.
  • Obtained dismissal, after full trial, of all claims asserted against global corporation by independent contractor seeking multi-million dollar damage award and declaratory relief in federal court and AAA arbitration proceedings.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar federal court judgment for client after breach of agreement in connection with the sale of a company.
  • Defended multi-national corporation through trial of False Claims Act/Qui Tam suit in federal court, obtaining a defense verdict that was upheld on appeal.
  • Obtained dismissal of federal court lawsuit seeking one-half of proceeds from firm client's $157 million sale of company.
  • Successfully represented international corporation in antitrust suit filed by distributor of client's products.
  • Successfully defended client in trade secrets case, including obtaining dismissal of claims against client and payment of client's attorneys' fees by company that filed suit.
  • Obtained ruling enforcing all provisions of commercial license agreement used in Louisiana and in multiple other states, including injunctive relief and award of substantial monetary relief after trial.
  • Achieved involuntary dismissal of claims made by state taxing authority against firm client for allegedly underpaid sales and use taxes.
  • Successfully handled request for injunctive relief in favor of client and against company seeking to thwart sale and marketing of client's real estate development.
  • Obtained favorable rulings in federal court resulting in payment to firm client of nearly all of amount owed for pipeline construction project.
  • Obtained preliminary and permanent injunction in favor of client, a public entity, regarding property tax assessments and attempted tax sale of entity's properties.
  • Achieved dismissal of federal antitrust and other claims asserted against national company by its licensee.

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Memberships & Affiliations

  • Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Former Federal Law Clerks Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Client Assistance Fund Committee, Crystal Gavel Award Committee (Chair), House of Delegates (Member, 2013-present), Access to Justice Policy Committee (2012-present), Bench and Bar Section (Vice Chair, 2015-present; Secretary-Treasurer, 2014-present)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Secretary, 2017-present; Board of Directors, 2014-present; Fellow, 2010-present)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (President, 2016-present; President-elect, 2015-2016; Vice President, 2013-2015; Board of Directors, 2008-present); Public Service Committee (Chair); Young Lawyers Section (Past Chair)
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Vice President, 2015-present; First Vice President, 2011-2012; Officer, Member, Board of Directors, 2009-present)
  • Tulane University Law School Alumni Association (President, 2014-present)
  • American Diabetes Association, New Orleans Community Leadership Board (Board Chair, 2014-present; Board Member, 2009-present)
  • The Pro Bono Project (Vice President, 2015-present; Board of Directors, 2009-present)
  • Faculty Member, Civil Litigation Bootcamp Course, Tulane University Law School (2012-present)
  • Executive Leadership Program Graduate, Harvard Law School (2015)
  • Tulane University Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 2016-present)
  • Louisiana Access to Justice Commission (Appointed Member, 2015-present)

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's President's Award (2016)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation's President's Award (2016, 2013)
  • Federal Bar Association's New Orleans Chapter President's Award (2016)
  • New Orleans CityBusiness - Leadership in Law Award (2012, 2010, 2009); Hall of Fame (2012)
  • The Pro Bono Project's Distinguished Service Award (2011, 2008, 2007, 2002)
  • American Diabetes Association's National Chairman’s Citation Award (2011)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's Century Club Award (2014)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's Friend of Pro Bono Award (2009)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award (2008)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's The Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana (2006)
  • New Orleans Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer (2004)
  • Lexology Client Choice Award (2016)
  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation
  • Selected to the Top 50 Louisiana Lawyers - Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers