Chris Jones leads the Business Litigation Practice Group, the firm’s largest group with more than 130 attorneys. His nationwide practice is focused on complex civil and regulatory litigation, including bet-the-company administrative and regulatory litigation, high-exposure financial services and commercial disputes, and a variety of finance, technology, and corporate governance disputes. He has served as lead counsel on behalf of businesses ranging in size from a few employees to some of the world’s largest companies.
In North Carolina and across the country, Chris has been lead counsel in jury and bench trials, administrative hearings, arbitration proceedings, and has argued appeals before both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. He is frequently adverse to the North Carolina Attorney General, has tried multiple cases against North Carolina governmental agencies and regularly represents clients before administrative boards.
In addition to 25+ years of courtroom work for clients, Chris’ practice has evolved to include outside general counsel roles, in which he manages all of the primary legal needs for clients. His client-first, practical and business-minded approach to resolving issues and disputes is appreciated by executives and in-house legal teams alike.
- "Shelter In Place Orders: Are You an 'Essential Business'?", National Law Review, March 2020
- “Anti-Price Gouging Statutes — What You Need to Know”, National Law Review, March 2020
- “Brad Cooper: The Latest Reminder That Howerton – Not Daubert – Controls Expert Testimony In North Carolina”, National Law Review, September 2013
- “Is The 9th Circuit’s Decision on Trial Payment Plan Promises the Prelude to a Cautionary Tale?”, National Law Review, August 2013
- “Don’t Want To Arbitrate? Pay Attention To All Of Your Contract”, National Law Review, May 2013
- “4th Circuit Message: Delay Asserting Defenses At Your Peril”, National Law Review, April 2013
- Federal Bar Association
- Litigation Counsel of America
- North Carolina Bar Association
- West Virginia Bar Association
Honors and Awards
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Commercial Litigation, 2015 – Present
- Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, 2009
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- Lead counsel in a $200+ million energy-related adversary proceeding
- Lead litigation and outside general counsel for a $900 million public healthcare entity
- Lead investigation/litigation counsel for industry leading car rental company
- National lead counsel for a non-traditional financial services company, coordinating cases against the CFPB and State Attorneys General across 38 states and two Federal Circuit Courts
- Lead counsel for nationally leading full-service Pharmacy Benefits Manager
- Lead counsel for publicly traded consumer finance company in connection with one of the largest administrative contested case to be tried before the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and Banking Commission
- Represented publicly traded technology company in a $200 million federal court dispute involving mobile communication technology
- Lead counsel for Fortune 100 National Banks and publicly traded finance companies in consumer finance litigation matters in State and Federal courts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia