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Chris Trusk primarily serves clients in real estate and corporate transactions, creditor’s rights, and development matters. Chris maintains a truly client-oriented approach to his legal practice, handling each deal with an eye towards the client’s overall objectives, constraints, and needs. By understanding the client at a deeper level, he can provide tailored advocacy and is more likely to secure a successful result.

Originally hailing from the low-country of South Carolina, Chris spent several years practicing in commercial real estate and creditor’s rights in Greenville before joining Ellis & Winters in North Carolina. Over the years, he has built a considerable record of success in favorably negotiating and closing transactions in North and South Carolina.

Chris believes that his work as a lawyer is fundamentally service-oriented. In his free time, he helps underserved communities, volunteering with North Carolina Legal Aid to provide real estate and transactional legal assistance to low-income individuals. Chris lives in Raleigh with his wife and enjoys hiking the Carolinas’ beautiful parks and trails.

Legal Assistant

Patricia Hutchins

Direct: 919-865-7006




  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 2015
    • Honors: Magnacum Laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Wig & Robe
    • Law Review: South Carolina Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Nonprofit organizations clinic
  • B.A., Clemson University, 2012

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association: Real Property Section
  • South Carolina Bar Association: Real Property Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute
  • NAIOP Raleigh


  • Purchase and financing of a golf course and associated business assets
  • Purchase and financing of a seven-property, multi-county office building portfolio
  • Purchase and finance of an $11.5 million office building
  • Purchase and finance of a $24 million office park
  • Negotiation, documentation, and due diligence of commercial loans


  • CFPB Actions Against Law Firms, South Carolina Lawyer, November 2015