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Chris is an experienced trial lawyer, having litigated business and regulatory disputes across North Carolina and the Southeast. His litigation experience includes bet the company regulatory disputes, complex business torts, commercial and contract disputes, and financial services litigation.
Chris is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and the Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Business Litigation Practice. Having spent over two decades in a diverse litigation practice focusing on complex civil and regulatory litigation, Chris has been lead counsel in hundreds of cases for businesses ranging in size from a few employees to some of the world’s largest companies; and while most in his element in a courtroom, Chris’ client-first, practical and business minded approach to resolving disputes is appreciated by executives and in-house legal teams alike. His extensive experience includes bet-the company administrative and regulatory litigation, high exposure financial services and commercial disputes, and a wide variety of finance, technology, and corporate governance disputes.
Chris represents both national and local North Carolina business interests in regulatory enforcement disputes, class actions, financial services and lending disputes, software design, development and implementation disputes, corporate governance and shareholder rights disputes, and antitrust and manufacturing disputes. He is frequently adverse to the North Carolina Attorney General; he has tried multiple cases against North Carolina governmental agencies; and he regularly represents clients before administrative boards. Additionally, Chris has been lead counsel in multiple jury and bench trials, and in arbitration proceedings, has appeared and argued appeals before both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and has made countless courtroom appearances across the country representing the firm’s clients.
While Chris is most proud of his work keeping clients out of the courtroom and public eye, a small sample of clients that Chris has represented in publicly filed matters includes: Wells Fargo, N.A., Future Income Payments, LLC, Meridian Senior Living, Mecklenburg County, Caliber Home Loans, Inc., Grandfather Home for Children, Inc., Branch Bank and Trust Corp., AscendOne Corp., Mecklenburg County, UNC Health Systems, Consert, Inc., Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay, Inc., and Bayer Crop Science.
Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.
Creator and contributor: “BOOM, BUST & RECRIMINATION: A Consumer Finance Investigation and Enforcement Blog” (www.consumerfinanceinvestigation.blogspot.com)
“It’s a Small World: Opportunities and Pitfalls in Complex Federal Litigation Against International Opponents,” The Litigator, Vol. 27, No. 4, June 2007.
Panelist, "2013 Legislative Reform Round Up: Challenges Facing The Courts 2013," NCBA CLE, November 22, 2013
“Dodd-Frank Act-Where Are We Now?”: Presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Research Triangle Area Chapter, January 2011, North Carolina
“Litigation for Non-Litigators and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods”: Presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Research Triangle Chapter, November, 2010, North Carolina
“Attorney Client Privilege for County Attorneys”: Presented at the North Carolina Association of County Attorneys Annual Conference, February 2008, North Carolina.
Consumer Finance Litigation
Financial Services Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Product Liability Litigation