Christian H. Staples
Christian Staples is an aggressive litigator with a special emphasis on complex cases involving allegations of product liability, construction defects, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, and other business torts. His practice also involves the representation of clients in alternative dispute resolution (i.e., mediation and arbitration), administrative proceedings, and appeals, and he has substantial experience managing discovery in multi-party and class action litigation.
In addition to representing clients in litigation, he routinely counsels clients on general corporate law matters, including contract drafting and negotiation.
Christian also counsels several local businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry, and is well-versed in alcoholic beverage law and the federal, state, and local regulations affecting breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Christian has been named a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and a “Young Gun” by Business North Carolina Magazine, honors which 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 went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest he served as chairman of the Honor & Ethics Council and was inducted into the Political Science Honor Society. 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 ABA 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 owner of landfill and recycling business in civil enforcement and administrative actions involving a state health and environmental agency.
- Represents multiple local craft breweries with corporate formation and governance matters, leasing and real estate transactions, licensing/permitting, zoning, distribution agreements, trademarks and intellectual property, and other related matters.
- Represents local restaurant chain in various matters including general corporate matters, commercial leasing, asset/equipment sales, licensing, etc.
- Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties in all stages of commercial construction.
- 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 “bet the company” litigation involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, unfair & deceptive trade practices, etc.
- Represented environmental emergency response company in multiple arbitration proceedings arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in multi-million dollar awards.
- Represented individual plaintiff in action to recover one-half of lottery proceeds derived from multi-million dollar 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
- North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 - 2016
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
|06.26.2015||Client Alert: New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses|
|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