Chris Roten joins Lovein Ribman after twelve years of honorable military service as an active duty Officer in the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He attained the rank of Major and continues his service to the country in the U.S. Army Reserves.
A North Texas native, Chris graduated from Southwest High School in Fort Worth before moving to Norman, Oklahoma for college and law school. While in law school, he was a member of the American Indian Law Review and received a coveted externship with the U.S. Department of Justice – Office of Tribal Justice, in Washington D.C. After law school, while studying for the Texas Bar, he received an internship with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office in the Grand Jury Division.
Chris began his legal practice with the U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of Disaster Assistance, drafting home and business loans for those affected by natural disasters. Then, in 2006, received an active duty commission in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, at a time when less than 10% of applicants received approval and Presidential appointment to serve.
As a JAG, Chris deployed and worked all over the United States and world. He has extensive experience advising senior military officers in austere environments on issues of international law, the law of war, operational law, national security law and government administrative law. He worked with, and for, conventional and special operations units and was always rated as a top attorney and officer.
As a prosecutor, senior prosecutor, and chief of criminal law, he tried felony criminal cases in front of judges and juries. His advocacy skills and professionalism earned him the distinction of being recognized as one of the top litigators with the highest ethical standards.
While serving in Washington D.C., Chris advised senior military officers and government officials on environmental law and civil litigation. He was recognized as the top attorney with a keen ability for negotiation and consensus building. His work covered cases across the United States in defense of the Department of the Army against civil suits and adverse government agency actions, with a total value over $500 million.
Chris deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Spartan Shield, and Operation Inherent Resolve, all in the Middle East. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines, Key Resolve – Korea, and Cobra Gold – Thailand. He served with such legendary units as 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Infantry Division, and 1st Cavalry Division.
Chris looks forward to joining Lovein Ribman this summer. His background as a military attorney and officer, litigator in both civil and criminal proceedings, in addition to his pre-legal practice background in banking and finance will be extraordinarily valuable to Lovein Ribman.