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Christian H. Staples

101 South Tryon Street
Suite 2200
Charlotte, NC 28280


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Christian maintains a diverse legal practice representing businesses and individuals in litigation, commercial leasing, and complex business matters. He is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina, and has also litigated cases in the North Carolina Business Court.  

On the litigation side, Christian handles complex cases involving:

  • Breach of contract
  • Negligence
  • Products liability
  • Construction defect
  • Breach of warranty
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Employment disputes

He also represents and advises clients in alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), administrative and contested case proceedings, and appeals, and he has obtained several reported appellate decisions establishing new precedent under North Carolina law.

On the corporate side, he counsels clients in commercial leasing matters, contract drafting and negotiation, entity formation/restructuring, and fundraising. 

Working with clients in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry is particularly enjoyable to Christian. He represents several local craft breweries and is well-versed in alcoholic beverage law. Christian serves as an advisory board member and lead instructor for the UNC-Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate program (Legal Bootcamp Class), and has taught continuing legal education seminars on the laws and regulations affecting alcoholic beverage manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.  

Christian was named a “Leader in the Law” by North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly Magazine in 2017, and has received "Rising Star" and "Young Gun" designations from North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and Business North Carolina Magazine, respectively. 

Outside of his practice, he volunteers his time with The First Tee of Greater Charlotte, Habitat for Humanity, and other local organizations.  Christian previously served on the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar, and as chair of the MCB Young Lawyers Division.

Prior to practicing law, Christian graduated from Woodberry Forest School and received a B.A. 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.

Representative Matters

  • 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 owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties in all stages of construction litigation.
  • Represents automobile leasing companies in claim and delivery actions and other litigation matters.
  • Represents individual and business clients in actions to enforce and collect monetary judgments.
  • Represented owner of landfill and recycling business in civil enforcement and administrative actions involving a state health and environmental agency.
  • 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.

Media Appearances


  • North Carolina Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Young Guns, 2016, 2017
  • North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 - 2018
  • Leader in the Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2017

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Advisory Board Member, UNC-Charlotte Craft Beer Business Essentials Certificate Program
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2016-'18)
  • 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 

News Releases

02.14.2018Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars
01.22.2018Christian Staples Named Partner, Charlotte Business Journal
01.18.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Five New Partners
12.20.2017Sabor Latin Street Grill Nabs Prime Spot in Uptown
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
01.23.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
05.26.2016Christian H. Staples Elected to Mecklenburg County Bar Board of Directors
01.28.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
01.22.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2016 Legal Elite
06.30.2015Christian H. Staples Elected Chair of Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division
01.26.2015Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
01.21.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers® and North Carolina Rising Stars
10.01.2013Christian H. Staples Panelist on Young Lawyer’s Division Panel
09.25.2013Christian H. Staples Named Secretary/Treasurer by the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division
01.09.2013Christian H. Staples Named “Connectivity Chair” by the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division


08.22.2017Client Alert: North Carolina Court of Appeals Issues Important Opinion on Commercial Lease Guaranties
04.11.2017Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business
06.26.2015Client Alert: New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses
06.01.2015Down 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"
10.17.2013Featured Commentator, (2013, October 17)  "NC Says No Obesity-Based Lawsuits Against Junk Food Makers."
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

Alternate biographies



  • 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



NC Legal Elite 2017