Chris is a litigation attorney in the Raleigh office of Ellis & Winters. He focuses his practice on torts, insurance defense, employment law, and contract disputes. Prior to joining Ellis & Winters, he served over fourteen years as a United States Marine, primarily handling public affairs work with the mission of helping the Marine Corps share its story with the world. Chris’s time spent in service, specifically deployments to the Black Sea Region and Afghanistan, allowed him the opportunity to gain a broad perspective of our country’s overall military operations as well, and hone his leadership and risk-assessment skills.
After his service, Chris earned an Associate’s in business administration, summa cum laude, from Germanna Community College, and a Bachelor’s in Economics, highest distinction, from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia before earning his J.D., magna cum laude, from the Wake Forest University School of Law. In law school, Chris was the Executive Online Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and participated in trial advocacy competitions and teams. He also worked as a teaching assistant for Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research courses, which provided him the opportunity to help others become more effective legal writers while sharpening his own abilities. As a veteran, he aims to take the skills developed in the military and apply them to everything he does. This determination made attending law school a natural next step for Chris.
Chris grew up on 20 acres in rural Alabama, where he learned the importance of hard work from his father, a brick mason. At a young age, Chris laid bricks alongside his father, which ultimately led to his passion for practicing law. He enjoys taking on projects from the very beginning, paying close attention to each step along the way, and seeing them through to a successful finish. Chris has always been motivated to contribute to causes that stand the test of time, just like building a house brick by brick.
As a fisherman and hiker, Chris loves the proximity of the Raleigh area to the beach and mountains. He enjoys exploring all that North Carolina has to offer such as hiking and biking in the great outdoors along with fishing and playing sports. He is accompanied with his wife, stepdaughter, and their dog along the way. Together, they love to wander into new restaurants and rediscover old towns.
- J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2021
- magna cum laude
- Order of the Coif
- Executive Online Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
- BScEcon, University of Mary Washington, 2017
- highest distinction
- AA&S, Business Administration, Germanna Community College, 2015
- summa cum laude
- North Carolina
- Co-author, More Money, More Problems: Ninth Circuit Rejects $1.7 Million Attorneys’ Fees Calculation for $52,000 Class Action Settlement, With A Glance At Fourth Circuit Lodestar Analysis, Best in Class Blog
- Co-author, Solitary Claims for Solitary Confinement: Predominance Defeats North Carolina Class Action Seeking Injunctive and Declaratory Relief for Inmates in Restrictive Housing, Best in Class blog
- Co-author, Issue-Class Certification—A Tool in the Class-Action Defense Toolbox?, Best in Class blog
- Author, Fourth Circuit Holds Drivers Fall Short on Standing in Accident Report Privacy Claims, Best in Class blog
Best in Class Posts
- Revisiting Issue-Class Certification: Medical Transport Plaintiffs Drive Disagreement in D.C.’s Federal Courts; Could Supreme Court Be Next Destination?
- MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS: NINTH CIRCUIT REJECTS $1.7 MILLION ATTORNEYS’ FEES CALCULATION FOR $52,000 CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, WITH A GLANCE AT FOURTH CIRCUIT LODESTAR ANALYSIS
- Solitary Claims for Solitary Confinement: Predominance Defeats North Carolina Class Action Seeking Injunctive and Declaratory Relief for Inmates in Restrictive Housing
- Fourth Circuit Holds Drivers Fall Short on Standing in Accident Report Privacy Claims
- Issue-Class Certification—A Tool in the Class-Action Defense Toolbox?