Christian H. Staples
Christian maintains a diverse legal practice representing businesses and individuals in litigation and general corporate matters. He is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Christian has successfully litigated complex cases involving allegations of breach of contract, negligence, product liability, construction defect, unfair and deceptive trade practices, professional malpractice, defamation, and trademark infringement. He also routinely counsels clients in alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), administrative proceedings, and appeals, and has obtained several reported appellate decisions establishing new precedent under North Carolina law.
On the corporate side, Christian counsels clients in commercial leasing matters, contract drafting and negotiation, employment disputes, and other general business matters. He particularly enjoys working with clients in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry, and has taught continuing education seminars on the laws and regulations affecting breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
Christian has received "Rising Star" and "Young Gun" designations from North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and Business North Carolina Magazine, respectively, honors that are only bestowed on a very select number of lawyers.
Outside of his practice, Christian serves on the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar and previously served as Chair of the MCB Young Lawyers Division.
Prior to practicing law, Christian graduated from Woodberry Forest School and received a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish (double major) from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest, he served as Chairman of the Honor & Ethics Council. He received his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Campbell Law Review and competed in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
- Represents appliance manufacturer and window/door manufacturer in product liability actions and other litigation matters.
- Represents commercial property owners/management in landlord-tenant disputes, summary ejectment proceedings, and actions to recover money damages.
- Represents local Latin/Mexican restaurant chain in commercial leasing matters.
- Represents multiple local craft breweries in general corporate matters, leasing and real estate transactions, licensing/permitting, zoning, distribution agreements, trademarks and intellectual property, and other related matters.
- Represents owner of landfill and recycling business in civil enforcement and administrative actions involving a state health and environmental agency.
- Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties in all stages of construction litigation.
- Represents motorcycle leasing company in claim and delivery actions and other litigation matters.
- Represents individual and business clients in actions to enforce and collect monetary judgments.
- Serves as outside general counsel to local Council of Governments in a variety of legal matters.
- Represented internationally known motorcycle journalist and TV personality in lawsuit against producer and production company involving claims for breach of contract, trademark infringement, defamation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
- Represented flooring product importer/wholesaler in complex litigation involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, unfair & deceptive trade practices, etc.
- Represented environmental emergency response company in arbitration proceedings arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in a multi-million dollar award.
- Represented individual plaintiff in action to recover one-half of lottery proceeds derived from multi-million dollar lottery annuity prize.
Reported Appellate Decisions
- Tate v. Calloway, et al., 735 S.E.2d 633 (N.C. App. 2012). Obtained summary judgment at the trial court level on behalf of two physicians facing claims of tortious interference with contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Summary judgment was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
- Khomyak v. Meek, et al., 214 N.C. App. 54, 715 S.E.2d 218 (2011). Obtained reversal of a trial court order awarding only $1,000 in litigation costs following a successful defense verdict at trial. On remand, the trial court awarded our clients over $15,000 in litigation costs.
- Stinchcomb v. Presbyterian Med. Care Corp., et al., 211 N.C. App. 556, 710 S.E.2d 320 (2011). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order dismissing plaintiff’s complaint against hospital client based on the improper issuance of summons and expiration of the statute of limitations.
- Jarrell v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hosp. Auth., et al., 206 N.C. App. 559, 698 S.E.2d 190 (2010). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order awarding expert witness fees following a successful defense verdict at trial.
- North Carolina Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Young Guns, 2016, 2017
- North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 - 2017
Professional and Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2016-'19)
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Chair (2015-'16), Vice-Chair (2014-'15), Secretary/Treasurer (2013-'14)
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, Microbrewery Text Amendment, Citizens Advisory Group Member
- Advisory Board Member, UNC-Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate Program
|04.11.2017||Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business|
|06.26.2015||Client Alert: New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses|
|06.01.2015||Down but Not Out: Bankruptcy's Effect on Diversity of Citizenship|
|06.09.2014||"The Emergence of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in North Carolina: An Overview of Key Legal Distinctions Between Digital Dispatch Services and their Traditional Taxicab Competitors"|
|10.21.2013||"North Carolina’s New Growler Fill Law"|
|10.17.2013||Featured Commentator, (2013, October 17) "NC Says No Obesity-Based Lawsuits Against Junk Food Makers." Lawyers.com. http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/10/no-obesity-based-suits-in-nc/|
|10.10.2013||"You Want Fries With That? New North Carolina Law Restricts Obesity Related Tort Claims"|
|09.01.2013||"Mechanic’s Lien Discharge Bonds: An Introduction to Key Issues," Surety Claims Institute Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 3|
|08.01.2013||"Meet Your Council: Christian H. Staples," Mecklenburg County Bar Association Newsletter|
|03.01.2012||"Can Nurses Provide Medical Causation Opinions?" The Defender, Vol. XVII, No. 6, Spring 2012, pp. 17-21|
|10.19.2011||"Can Nurses Provide Medical Causation Opinions?" |
|03.16.2011||"N.C. Court of Appeals Interprets Revised Costs Statutes"|
|2008||"In Vino Veritas: Does the Twenty-First Amendment Really Protect a State's Right to Regulate Alcohol? An Overview of the North Carolina Wine Industry and the Continuing Wine Distribution Litigation," 31 Campbell L. Rev. 123|
Events and Presentations
- J.D., Campbell University, 2009
- B.A., Wake Forest University, 2005
Bar and Court Admissions
- North Carolina, 2009
- South Carolina, 2014
- United States District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2010
- United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 2012
- United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 2012
- United States District Court District of South Carolina, 2015