Throughout his education and career, he has focused on litigation as a means to get effective results for his client. In 2011, after practicing personal injury litigation at a successful coastal firm, Chris moved to Raleigh with his wife and four children where he went to work for the North Carolina Department of Justice in their Transportation Division (NC DOT). His job was to be a land condemnation litigator on behalf of the State. After learning the ins and outs of land condemnation, he decided that he could not continue to work on behalf of the government—working against people and business owners who were having their lives and livelihoods taken by the State for as little as the government could get away with. Since then, Chris has represented owners of convenience stores, hotels, property developers, nurseries, farms, storage unit companies, laundromats, sweepstakes businesses, screen printing shops, artists, multi-use properties, and residential clients across the State of North Carolina in land condemnation cases.
Chris has always been dedicated to making sure people understand the impact the law has on their lives. After law school Chris taught Law and Social Change at East Carolina University. It is important that people understand that the law, and the government’s implementation of it, can impact them at a personal level as well as their families and communities. Land condemnation is one of the greatest examples of this. The government, by drawing a few lines, can uproot a family, eradicate communities, kill local businesses, or take away a property that has been in a family for generations. Chris’ passion for fighting on behalf of individuals and businesses against the government has led him to work with numerous experts finding different approaches to make sure that individuals with affected properties have the best opportunity to recover from the government for what has been taken from them. Chris has tried several cases to verdict and used multiple presentation and negotiation techniques to successfully increase offers from the government; but also to make changes that could help an owner maintain a preferred or profitable use from a property. Some of those changes including negotiating an interchange on a large road project for a developer, an extra driveway for a farm that would have otherwise been left with no access, or procuring a remnant parcel so that a hotel would have a second access and benefit from increased traffic on a new road.
When not fighting for condemnees, you can find Chris spending time with his wife, four kids, and their dog, Charlie, traveling, playing music, fishing, surfing, or just spending time at the beach.
- J.D.—Campbell University (2006)
- B.S.—East Carolina University (2003)
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- Land Condemnation Division
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Wake County Bar
- Wake County Bar Association
- Federal Bar, Eastern District of North Carolina Federal Bar, Middle District of North Carolina
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 – North Carolina
- Presenter at HalfMoon Education’s North Carolina Land Rights and Eminent Domain Webinar: “Participating in the Condemnation Process”, August 2022.