Christopher Scaperlanda is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice encompasses a broad range of commercial matters, including those involving insurance disputes, securities claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, contract disputes, and other complex business litigation. A portion of his practice is also devoted to appellate matters in state and federal courts.
Chris’s achievements have earned him inclusion in Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” of trial lawyers and Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.
Christopher’s prior career experience includes working as a litigation associate with the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady LLP and as a research fellow for Marquette University Law School, where he researched issues related to agricultural policy and its impact on small and medium-sized farmers and producers.Download Bio (PDF)
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant in suit to recover on forged promissory note. Summary judgment was based on discovery that the text of the purported promissory note was in a font that had not yet been designed/released in 1991, when the note was purportedly signed, meaning it was impossible that the note could have existed at that time.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of church denomination in lawsuit involving allegations of negligent hiring and retention, negligent supervision, and intentional infliction of emotional distress arising from alleged improper conduct by a church pastor. Ruling affirmed on appeal by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
- Obtained dismissal on behalf of Oklahoma landowner in dispute with Texas landowner over ownership of land along the Oklahoma/Texas border. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas held that Oklahoma v. Texas, 252 U.S. 372 (1920), was superseded by the Red River Boundary Compact and that the disputed land was in Oklahoma. Ruling affirmed on appeal by the Fifth Circuit. It appears this is the first court case explicitly holding that the Red River Boundary Compact supersedes the earlier U.S. Supreme Court case.
- Represented the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City in securing the safe return of a consecrated host that was procured by a Satanist group for the specific purpose of being desecrated at the group’s black mass. The host, which is used in sacred celebrations of the Eucharist, was returned following the filing of a lawsuit in district court in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
- Defended multinational original equipment manufacturer from claims for breach of contract and civil fraud brought by former parts supplier seeking compensatory and punitive damages, through trial and appeal.
- Defended public company board members from derivative and direct claims brought by minority shareholder alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of shareholder agreement, and fraud.
- Defended manufacturer of outdoor lighting from putative class action alleging breach of express and implied warranties.
- Brought suit against manufacturer of packaging equipment on behalf of food distributor alleging that equipment failed to meet contractually requirements for speed and accuracy.
- Represented corporate policyholders in insurance coverage litigation involving a variety of claims, including commercial general liability, first-party property, business interruption, and bad faith.
- Represented insurance broker in action relating to insurance claims arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
Honors and Awards
- Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” of trial lawyers
- Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
- Hispanic National Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Section)