Christopher A. Lauderman, Associate

Mr. Lauderman obtained his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University, double majoring in Economics and Journalism and graduating magna cum laude. He continued his education at the Washington and Lee University School of Law where he served as Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, also graduating magna cum laude. Following law school, Mr. Lauderman served for two years as law clerk to Judge Frederick P. Stamp of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. He also served for two years as law clerk to Judge Bobby R. Baldock of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Lauderman practiced for three years with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, defending multiple clients in the areas of energy litigation and complex commercial litigation before returning to Roswell, New Mexico to practice with Carson Ryan LLC.

Representative Experience

  • Defended client in complex, multi-district litigation and experienced in issues relating to transfer of jurisdiction and all aspects of procedure
  • Defended police officers in § 1983 claims alleging violations of civil rights
  • Defended government municipalities in governmental liability claims
  • Represented clients in trademark litigation, including drafting motions for summary judgment and trial preparation
  • Defended Marcellus shale well claims on ownership, pooling, and lease interpretation issues
  • Handled deliberate intent action in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defended clients in deliberate intent and other personal injury actions
  • Drafted amicus curiae brief for the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia

Work Experience

  • 2016 Carson Ryan LLC
  • 2013- 2016 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • 2011-2013 Law Clerk, Hon. Bobby R. Baldock, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • 2009-2011 Law Clerk, Hon. Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of WV

Recent Publications/Speaking Engagements 

  • "I Didn’t Know I Had Insurance" is No Excuse for Late Notice of a Claim
  • Public Duty Doctrine Continues to be Viable Defense in West Virginia
  • West Virginia Supreme Court Clarifies Retroactive Application of Cherrington to Pending Cases
  • "Building a Fence of Separation: The Constitutional Validity of Land Transfers in Escaping from Establishment Clause Violations," 65 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1193 (2008)

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico – 2017
  • Colorado – 2011
  • West Virginia -2009


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