Christopher “Chris” B. Ortte


Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
Phone: 337-237-1660
Fax: 337-237-3676
Email: Email Me

Christopher “Chris” B. Ortte, is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana who joined Davidson Meaux in 2017. Chris has developed a diverse practice since joining Davidson Meaux, encompassing a variety of legal matters enabling him to serve a broad spectrum of clientele. Much like his practice, Chris has a wide array of past work experiences that have brought him from roustabouting in the Gulf of Mexico to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. These diverse experiences have allowed him to connect with clients on many different levels.

Aside from the practice of law, Chris is passionate about many things, not the least of which is his family, his faith, the requisite hunting and fishing in South Louisiana, horseback riding, as well he is an avid musician and supporter of the arts. Most of all, Chris has a great passion for the people of Acadiana and looks forward to the daily challenge of serving their needs.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation & Transactions
  • Railroad Defense Litigation
  • Maritime
  • Oil & Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Formation
  • Successions/Estates
  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense

Litigation/Transaction Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Transactions

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana Supreme Court, 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2017


  • Journal of Civil Law Studies, Vol. 10, Iss. 1 (2018), “Hooper v. Hero Lands Company”
  • Journal of Energy Law and Resources, Vol. V., Iss. 1, “Grand Isle III’s Tarpon Rodeo: The Confused Seas of OCSLA & Maritime Law in the Fifth Circuit”
  • Country Roads Magazine, “Will Work for Festival” (March 2015)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Lafayette Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Lafayette Young Lawyer Association, board member, 2017- present
  • Parishioner, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
  • Club Blue
  • Hilliard University Art Museum
  • Boudin for Peace

Pro Bono Activities

  • American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, Protective Order Panel
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, Counsel on Call
  • Festival International de Louisiane Volunteer, 2014 – present