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Christopher J. DeLara

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Education  University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Juris Doctor, 2000.  University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Master of Public Administration, 2000.  New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Bachelor of Criminal Justice, 1994.  


Bar Admissions  New Mexico, 2000; United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, 2000; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2000; Navajo Nation, 2004; United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2013; Admitted Pro Hac Vice: United States District Court for the District of Kansas; United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend Division (consolidated hip implant litigation).   


Organizations and Memberships        New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member); ARCA Foundation, Board of Directors, (2000 - 2002);  New Mexico Bar Association, (Young Lawyers Division, Board of Directors, 2002-2003); New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association (2002 - 2016); New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association; New Mexico Medical-Legal Panel (2004 - 2015); Navajo Nation Bar Association (2004 - present); NITA, Building Trial Skills, National Session, Boulder, Colorado;  American Association for the Advancement of Science;  The Planetary Society.    


Honors and Awards  Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent); Southwest SuperLawyer’s Rising Star.


Publications  Natural Resources Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law. — Staff Member, Lead Articles Editor, Editor in Charge.  Christopher J. DeLara, Note, Who Controls New Mexico’s Acequias?  Acequia Government and Wilson v. Denver, 40 NAT. RESOURCES J.  727 (2000). Christopher J. DeLara, A Case Review and Comment, Gulf Ins. Co. V. Cottone, New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association, Defense News, Winter 2007/2008. Defenses in a Bad Faith Suit, National Business Institute (2015).


Seminars Taught  Trial Strategies for Civil Litigation, New Mexico State Bar Paralegal Division, September 22, 2018.  Insurance Bad Faith Set Up in New Mexico, National Business Institute – CLE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 26, 2015. Practicing on Native American Reservations, Fundamentals of Navajo Tort Law, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Tempe, Arizona, January 22, 2009.    


Press  “Harvard Sues Elmore.  Gets Injunction Stopping Sales of Book,” Maine Antique Digest, March 28, 2016.  “Could Santa Fean’s Book Battle Affect Access to Native Art?”  Santa Fe New Mexican, April 9, 2016.  “Researcher Scores Win in Book War,” Santa Fe New Mexican, June 1, 2016.    “Harvard Losses Copyright Infringement Claim,” Harvard Crimson, June 27, 2016. “Drunk Driver Being Sued by Passenger,” Albuquerque Journal, February 13, 2017.  


Appellate and Reported Cases  Threadgill v. 6001, Inc., 2018 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 263 (N.M. Ct. App. July 2, 2018), cert. denied, Hunt v. Skilled Healthcare, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27657 (D.N.M.  Feb. 21, 2018); Hegerty v. Skilled Healthcare, et al., 2017 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 42 (N.M. Ct. App. Feb. 15, 2017), cert. granted.  Parkett v. Rehab. Ctr. of Albuquerque, 2017 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 45 (N.M. Ct. App. Feb. 15, 2017), cert. granted.   Interfresh, Inc. v. Kemetz, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191362 (D.N.M. Dec. 10, 2013).  Essex Ins. Co. v. McClellan-Vick Consulting, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113961 (D.N.M. August 25, 2016). Gallegos v. Cent. Desert Behavioral Health Hosp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66216 (May 5, 2016); and 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 66214 (May 18, 2016).  McAninch v. Levy, 2016 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 148 (April 14, 2016).  President & Fellows of Harvard Coll. v. Elmore, 222 F.Supp.3d 1050 (D.N.M. 2016).  President & Fellows of Harvard Coll. v. Elmore, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178092 (April 13, 2016), and 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 49717 (April 13, 2016); and 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178092 (D.N.M. Nov. 9, 2015).  Iversen v. AGA Serv. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 21302 (D. Colo. Feb. 17, 2016). Tennyson v. Santa Fe Dealership Acquisition II, Inc., 2016-NMCA-017, cert. denied.    Estate of Stevens v. Board of County Commissioners, 53 F.Supp.3d 1368 (D.N.M. 2014).  Wilkeson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2014-NMCA-077, 329 P.3d 749.  Cited by: Parkview Cmty. Ditch Ass’n v. Peper, 2014-NMCA-049 (citing Christopher J. DeLara, Who Controls New Mexico's Acequias? Acequia Government & Wilson v. Denver, 40 Nat. Resources J. 727 (2000)). Herrera v. Santa Fe Pub. Schs, 41 F.Supp.3d 1027 (D.N.M. 2014).  Herrera v. Santa Fe Pub. Schs, 41 F.Supp.3d 1188 (D.N.M. 2014).  Herrera v. Santa Fe Pub. Schs, 956 F.Supp.2d 1191 (D.N.M. 2013).  Herrera v. Santa Fe Pub. Schs, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128339 (D.N.M. Aug. 19, 2013); 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184387 (D.N.M. Dec. 20, 2012).  Murphy v. Trujillo, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194712 (D.N.M. Dec. 12, 2013). Hurd v. W. World Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191362 (D.N.M. Dec. 10, 2013).  Bodenner v. Martin, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191423 (D.N.M. June 10, 2013). Hinkle v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2013-NMCA-084; 308 P.3d 1009; 2013 N.M. App. LEXIS 52, June 3, 2013, Filed,  Certiorari Granted, July 26, 2013, No. 34,232. Released for Publication August 20, 2013.Writ of certiorari granted, 308 P.3d 134, 2013 N.M. LEXIS 326 (N.M., 2013)Writ of certiorari quashed, 2014 N.M. LEXIS 67 (N.M., Feb. 28, 2014).  State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Safeco Ins. Co., 2013-NMSC-006, 298 P.3d 452.  Foster v. Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., 2012-NMCA-72, 284 P.3d 389, cert. denied 2012 N.M. LEXIS 10 (N.M., June 29, 2012)   Arble v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 272 F.R.D. 604 (D.N.M. 2011); and 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161268 (D.N.M. Sep. 16, 2011). Manning v. Abeita, Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, No. SC-CV-66-08 (August 1, 2011).     Crespin v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161621 (D.N.M. July 12, 2011).  Swinney v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134984 (D.N.M. Feb. 25, 2009); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134986 (D.N.M. May 15, 2009); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134987 (D.N.M. Aug. 3, 2009); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134989 (D.N.M. Aug. 3, 2009); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134990 (D.N.M. Sep. 23, 2009); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134996 (D.N.M. Aug. 3, 2009).  Swinney v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11362 (D.Kan. Feb. 9, 2010); 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109548 (D.Kan. Oct. 13, 2010); 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135311 (D.Kan. Dec. 21, 2010).  Torres v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2010 N.M. App. Unpub. LEXIS 81 (Fed. 2, 2010)  Thompson v. THI of N.M. at Casa Arena Blanca, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108726 (D.N.M. Dec. 24, 2008); 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95188 (D.N.M. Sep. 12, 2006); 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94617 (D.N.M. Aug. 28, 2009).  In re Rio Valley Motors Co., LLC, 59 Collier Bankr. Cas. 2d (MB) 897 (D.N.M. Bankr. 2008).  Boradiansky v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2007-NMSC-15, 141 N.M. 387, 156 P.3d 25.  


Practice Areas  First-Party Insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, professional liability (medical, legal, agency), complex litigation, personal injury, product liability 

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