Chris is the Firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group leader and serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. With over two decades focusing on complex civil and regulatory litigation, Chris has been lead counsel representing businesses ranging in size from a few employees to some of the world’s largest companies. 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 variety of finance, technology, and corporate governance disputes.

Chris represents 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 both jury and bench trials in North Carolina and across the country, and in arbitration proceedings, and has argued appeals before both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

A small sample of companies 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.

Presentations and Publications

  • Creator/Contributor: BOOM, BUST & RECRIMINATION: A Consumer Finance Investigation & Enforcement Blog  
  • 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 Association of Corporate Counsel, Research Triangle Area Chapter, January 2011, North Carolina
  • Litigation for Non-Litigators and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods:  Presented to Association of Corporate Counsel, Research Triangle Chapter, November, 2010, North Carolina
  • Attorney Client Privilege for County Attorneys:  Presented at North Carolina Association of County Attorneys Annual Conference, February 2008, North Carolina

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association Administration of Justice Committee
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Invited Fellow

Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation, 2015 – Present

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.

  • Lead counsel for non-traditional financial services company against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Lead counsel for publicly traded consumer finance company in connection with the largest administrative contested case to be tried before the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks and Banking Commission
  • Lead counsel in successful three day administrative trial before Office of Administrative Hearings for mental health services provider in connection with allegations of regulatory violation
  • Lead counsel for residential retirement community at Office of Administrative Hearings against DHHS in connection with high exposure tax dispute
  • Lead counsel in numerous contested case petitions against DHHS, Department of Medical Assistance and Department of Health Service Regulation in connection with allegations of regulatory violation

Bar admissions

2000, North Carolina

1996, West Virginia

Admitted to practice before:

  • West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • US District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
  • US District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All North Carolina State trial, appellate and administrative courts


  • J.D., 1996, West Virginia University College of Law
    • Board of Editors, West Virginia Law Review
    • M.E. Lugar Trial Association
  • B.A., 1992, Virginia Tech
    • cum laude
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