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Chris Rhodes is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and tort matters, including product liability defense and general liability claims. He joined Ellis & Winters after earning his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school, Chris served as a student extern for the Honorable Joe L. Webster at the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Additionally, he worked at Ellis & Winters as a summer associate.

Prior to attending law school, Chris earned a master’s degree in Non-Profit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Chris feels one of his callings in his life is to help improve the lives of others. He worked at Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia as the Manager of Community Engagement and Events, and the College and Career Readiness Specialist. The organization works to reduce intergenerational poverty and assists people in improving their lives and achieving economic independence. He has worked as a volunteer with several charitable organizations.

Chris has been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity since 2009. He has a wide variety of interests in the arts as a result of his bachelor’s degree in theater studies and a passion for community development in Durham where he lives with his wife, Pelashia, and cat, Milo.



  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2022
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • B.A., Emory University, 2011
    • Alpha Phi Alpha

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Memberships and Associations

  • DRI – Young Lawyers Steering Committee (Present)



  • Episcopal Community Services of Philadelphia
    • Manager of Community Engagement and Events
    • College and Career Readiness Specialist