Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration
Business Disputes, Commercial and Securities Litigation
Creditor Law and Collections
Land Use and Zoning
Lease and Real Estate Disputes
Local Government Law
Non Compete Agreements
Chris practices in the area of business law with an emphasis in civil litigation. Chris has had considerable experience litigating complex business and commercial disputes, construction claims, class actions and medical malpractice lawsuits. He has tried numerous cases to jury verdict in both state and federal trial courts. He also has handled a significant number of cases in mediation and in arbitration settings. From this firsthand experience, Chris is able to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation from small claims to multi-million dollar torts, class actions and business disputes. Focusing in the area of business law, Chris also has experience in negotiating business contracts, asset purchase agreements and other business-related deals.
University of Georgia, 2001, B.S., Chemistry
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
University of Georgia School of Law, 2004, J.D.
Honors: Summa Cum Laude; Georgia Law Review Executive Notes Editor; Mock Trial Board; Order of the Coif Honorary Scholastic Society; Winner of the Georgia Municipal Association Award for Excellence in the Study of Municipal Corporation Law
Clerkship with the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.
Augusta Bar Association
Editorial Board Member, Calendar Call, a periodical published by the General Practice and Trial Section of the Georgia Bar Association
Young Lawyers Association
Young Professionals of Augusta
The Berry Center, Former Member of the Board of Directors
Leadership Augusta (Class of 2009)
St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, Stewardship Commission
LITIGATION & ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Successfully resolved class action for Georgia residents under the Georgia Debt Adjustment Act obtaining favorable settlement fund for the class in excess of $2 million.
Successfully defended medical malpractice defendant in trial to a defense verdict in which Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $5 million.
Successfully defended lawsuit against a trucking company in trial to a defense verdict in which Plaintiff sought damages in of $15 million.
Counseled defendant bank against counterclaim by borrower and foreclosed upon property obtaining judgment of $3 million in favor of the bank, including post-judgment collection work resulting in successful settlement of claims.
Successfully resolved class action for Georgia residents under the Georgia Debt Adjustment Act obtaining favorable settlement for the class in excess of $1 million. This litigation resulted in multiple smaller cases, many of which have been resolved for favorable subclasses of Georgia residents.
Representing hospital in large class action lawsuit over billing disputes under federal and state laws.
Defending bank in litigation filed by Georgia Authority in which it seeks to set aside a $1.2 million note and corresponding mortgage.
Represented staffing business in obtaining $1 million judgment against medical transportation business including post-judgment collection work.
Negotiated $8 million sale of transportation business.
Negotiated transaction for four-phase, $40 million development contract with a local Housing Authority.
Negotiated $4.5 million contract for energy performance construction work and corresponding energy performance guarantee.
Negotiated sale of dental practice.
General Counsel for the Augusta Housing Authority which operates approximately 2,500 apartment units and manages approximately 3,500 clients who receive Section 8 federal housing.
Represents numerous banks in both prosecuting and defending claims associated with bank loans.
Represents hospitals and medical practices in defending medical malpractice lawsuits
Represents business both large and small in various matters from contract disputes to collection cases.
Honors & Awards
Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star - General Litigation (2011, 2013)
Augusta Region’s Top Ten in Ten: Young Professionals to Watch (2011)
State Bar of Georgia
South Carolina Bar
Chris is admitted to practice before federal and state courts in Georgia and South Carolina.
Co-author of “The Impact of O.C.G.A.
24-9-67.1 in Medical Malpractice Cases.” Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Journal. 2008
“Rehabilitation of the Juror Rehabilitation Doctrine.” 37 Ga. L. Rev. 1471. 2003.
“Update on Georgia’s Expert Qualification Statute O.C.G.A. § 24-9-67.1.” CLE Speech. 30 January 2009.