Chris is an experienced and successful trial lawyer, serving as lead trial counsel in numerous state and federal trials, including last year obtaining a successful defense result for his client in a complex commercial case with a claim in excess of $900 million. Chris represents a broad array of commercial and insurer clients, but his practice has special emphasis on the defense and representation of clients in the Hospitality and Retail industries, where he represents a number of national companies with all of their legal needs, including claims relating to employment, business litigation, premises accidents, food-borne illnesses, Dram Shop, product liability, construction litigation and false advertising. Chris’ practice also includes litigation over non-compete agreements, insurance coverage analysis and bad faith litigation, trucking and transportation liability, and appellate litigation.
Chris is actively involved in ALFA International, serving as the Chairman of both the Hospitality Law Practice Group and the Marketing Committee. Click here for a full description of the group and its activities. He is also active in the Claims and Litigation Alliance and was a speaker at the annual conference for the Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality group in 2015.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 1989, and attended Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor for the Yale Law Journal before graduating in 1992. Chris is a shareholder at Young Moore and Henderson, having begun his career with a clerkship with a federal district judge.
Chris is a frequent speaker on litigation topics, including employment litigation, non-compete litigation, and using social media as a tool to win lawsuits. His article on that subject was published by the Westlaw Journal of the Computer and the Internet. In the last three years, he created and presented at ALFA’s largest annual conference, the International Client Seminar, presentations on Reptile Theory, Work-Life Balance, and a practical guide to managing employees from the millennial generation.
Chris is proud father to three active children (including one junior Tar Heel, but he doesn’t hold that against her), and he also finds time to be on the sparring team with his son at Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do, where he has achieved the level of Black Belt. His volunteer activities include assisting with the Special Olympics and Meals on Wheels, for which he has been a regular driver since 1996. He also is a film and music aficionado, and when he can find time, he enjoys guitar, cooking, running, and the occasional game of Texas Hold-em.’
Education & Bar Admissions
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
- B.A., summa cum laude, Duke University, 1989
- North Carolina, 1993
- District of Columbia, 1995
- U.S. District Courts for North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Awards & Achievements
- Senior editor, Yale Law Journal
- Duke University Class Rank: 5th; Phi Beta Kappa; Recipient of Proctor and Gamble Political Science Award
- Law Clerk, The Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., M.D. Tennessee, 1992-1993
Professional & Civic Activity
- Hospitality Law Practice Group; ALFA International
- Labor and Employment Practice Group; ALFA International
- N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys
- Defense Research Institute
- Wake County Bar Association
- Chairman, Board of Directors, Millbrook Baptist Kindergarten, 1998-2008
- President, Northbrook Country Club, 2003-2005
- Meals-on-Wheels Driver, 1996-Present
- “Children’s Sermon” Deliverer, Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church
Publications & Presentations
- “It’s All In a Day’s Work: Daily Challenges and Opportunities for In-House Counsel,” Santa Barbara, CA, 2016
- “Charming the Snake: A Duel Over Reptile Theory,” ALFA International Client Seminar, presenter, Palm Springs, CA, 2016
- “Yearning For A Yin To Your Yang,” ALFA International Client Seminar, presenter, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2015
- “Managing the Millennials,” ALFA International Client Seminar, presenter, Miami Beach, Florida, 2014
- “Time to ‘Friend’ Facebook? Using Social Media to Help You Win Your Case,” Westlaw’s Journal of the Computer and the Internet Volume 31, Issue 8, September 19, 2013
- “A Practical Guide to North Carolina Insurance Law: Bad Faith Claims and Bad Faith Avoidance,” Insurance Law; co-author, April, 1996
News & Events
- Page Presents “An Employer’s Guide to the Twitterverse: Do’s, Don’ts, and Advice for Dealing with Social Media Use by Employees” at NCRMA T.A.P. Talk, Jacksonville NC, April 2017
- Page presents “It’s All In a Day’s Work: Daily Challenges and Opportunities for In-House Counsel,” June 2016
- Page presents “Charming the Snake: A Duel over Reptile Theory,” March 2016
- Page presents “Yearning For A Yin To Your Yang,” March 2015
- Page to speak at 2015 Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality Conference, February 2015
- Page presents “Managing the Millennials,” April 2014
- Mayo v. N.C. State University, 168 N.C. App. 503, 608 S.E.2d 116, affirmed 360 N.C. 52, 619 S.E.2d 502 (2005).
- McEwan v. Haver, 105 F.Supp.2d 474 (E.D.N.C.,2000).
- Obtained summary judgment, a favorable settlement, or a defense verdict in every premises liability case he has handled (including premises security and construction accident cases) since the start of his career;
- Obtained summary judgment for the defense in two racial discrimination cases, one of which was an employment case;
- Obtained summary judgment in three insurance coverage cases worth over $10 Million;
- Obtained a favorable ruling against a major municipality for a national client whose retail store had been flooded by a water main break, successfully arguing a novel theory of municipal liability for the break, and ultimately resulting in a favorable settlement for the client
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