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Chris has been practicing law in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina since 1990. His broad litigation experience includes representing national corporate clients as well as local and regional companies and individual clients. His varied expertise includes litigating internal disputes among corporate shareholders and LLC members, real estate and banking issues, failed transactions of all shapes and sizes, state government contract disputes, and Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial law matters. Chris’s ability to achieve successful results in a wide variety of contexts has earned him recognition as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite in business litigation and as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Since 2012, the peer-selected North Carolina Super Lawyers has recognized Chris as one of the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina.

Central to Chris’s approach to litigation is his belief that lawyers must understand and remain focused on the client’s objective. Litigation counsel are rarely retained for problems that are easily solved. Successful advocacy, in other words, must be tempered with an understanding of the client’s goal, needs, and budget.

Chris believes that the justice system must work for everyone, and that pro bono representation of clients who cannot afford counsel is part of the duty of every lawyer. He routinely represents disadvantaged clients in housing and consumer cases without charging a fee. In 2008, Chris received the North Carolina Bar Association’s highest honor for an individual attorney’s pro bono service, the William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award.

Chris is committed to achieving balance among his law practice, his family, his church, and the rest of his life. He is proud to be a husband and the father of two grown children, a longtime Sunday School teacher, an avid member of the Raleigh Gyros Cycling Club, and a two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher.

Prior Experience

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, 1990-2008

Education

B.A., 1983, Wabash College, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude

M.Div., 1986, Duke Divinity School, summa cum laude

J.D., 1990, University of North Carolina School of Law, with high honors, Research Editor, N.C. Law Review, 1988-90