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Justice. It seems such a simple phrase, yet hidden underneath are complexities which humanity has debated since the time of Socrates. What does justice mean? By what moral codes do we define justice? Does justice even exist beyond the human imagination? Questions like these drove me while I was a student at New Mexico State University studying for my Philosophy degree. As a result of my studies, I became fascinated by the law as a form of applied justice. I knew then that my calling was to be an attorney.

After graduating from NMSU in 2006, I decided to attend law school at Western New England University. While there I had many opportunities to immerse myself in the practice of law. I was selected to be an extern for the Honorable Robert Field of the Housing Court, a court which had jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters involving the use of residential property. I was also selected to be a student attorney in the Consumer Law Clinic, which allowed me to represent indigent clients who had been taken advantage of by businesses or landlords. Though perhaps my favorite part of law school was the opportunity to work for Jeff Lahann as his law clerk during the summer. Every year I would return to Las Cruces during the summer and work for the Lahann Law Firm, performing research, writing motions, and generally trying to be as useful as possible.

After I graduated law school in 2010, I decided I was sick of the cold weather in Massachusetts and moved back to sunny New Mexico. I took the NM Bar Exam that summer and was admitted to the New Mexico bar in September 2010.  I continued to work for the Lahann Law Firm while also starting to accept civil cases. Some of the best momentsof my career occurred during this time including winning my first ever civil jury trial as well as receiving several favorable appellate decisions.

In December 2011, I decided to become a prosecutor for the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office, where I worked for about a year and a half. Thanks to my time at the District Attorney’s office, I learned how to handle to fast pace of the legal profession (my caseload comprised of an average of 150 active cases), how to construct a case to overcome a heavy burden of proof, and how to protect a case against the attacks of opposing counsel. While at the District Attorney’s office, I also had the opportunity to be part of the Magistrate Drug Court program, which is dedicated to providing treatment services for repeat DWI offenders. Being part of Drug Court was one of my favorite experiences of being a prosecutor because it allowed me the opportunity to see the law used as a source of rehabilitation and healing.

After several years focusing on primarily criminal matters, I decided to further expand my experience in civil law, so I accepted a position at a local civil firm. During this time I worked to refine my skills in the civil law realm. I handled a wide range of cases from probate of wills to property disputes to divorce and child custody issues.

When it was time to move on to a new firm, the Lahann Law Firm was the first place I applied because Jeff Lahann and I share the same client first philosophy. Our goal in every case is to provide our clients with the best possible representation and to obtain the best possible result at the most reasonable price possible. “Seek Justice” is the motto I live by, and I will fight tooth and nail to see justice is done.

If you have a legal matter for which you are seeking effective representation, call the Lahann Law Firm.

Now accepting cases for:

  • Real Estate Transactions

  • Property Disputes

  • Landlord/Tenant

  • Breach of Contract

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Wills and Estate Planning

  • Probate

  • Divorce

  • Child Custody

  • Unemployment Appeals

  • Appellate Practice

  • Torts

  • Personal Injury


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. General Practice: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
  5. Civil Rights: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • David Price Lutz

    Christopher is an excellent lawyer in Las Cruces. He has both criminal and civil experience and has tried cases in both areas which is increasingly rare. I would recommend him to any prospective client in Southern New Mexico and the surrounding area.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

665 E. University Ave
Bldg 2, Ste A
Las Cruces, NM, 88005


NMAuthorized to practice law201003/14/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateLahann Law Firm2014 - Present
Contract AttorneyWatson Law Office2013 - 2014
Assistant District AttorneyThird Judicial District Attorney's Office2011 - 2013
OwnerLaw Office of Christopher Cardenas2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
New Mexico State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2006
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Landlord-Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New MarketThe Landlord and Tenant's Rights and Obligations2014