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Chris Lam Honored with "Leaders in the Law" Award

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

September 19, 2013

Nexsen Pruet attorney Chris Lam has been honored with North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 “Leaders in the Law” award.

The awards ceremony was held on September 18 at the Raleigh Convention Center,“honoring legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession and their community. The honorees represent the most influential individuals within our state’s legal community.”

Lam’s profile from NCLW reads:

NCLW: Describe your past experience as a sports broadcaster.

Lam: Beginning in high school, I gave a weekly radio report on WEEB AM 990 about happenings at my high school, Pinecrest, in Southern Pines.  I also did color commentary for the broadcasts of the varsity basketball games alongside Felton Capel, grandfather to Jeff (now an assistant coach at Duke) and Jason (now head coach at Appalachian State).  I continued my radio work while a student at Duke on WXDU, serving as co-host of a weekly sports talk show and color commentator for the football games.  I also produced a sports radio program at Capitol Broadcasting in Raleigh and AM 620 in Durham.  My last radio gig was providing regular reports on Star 102.5 for the 1999 US Open golf championship in Pinehurst. 

While the broadcasting was fun, I figured it was definitely a hobby rather than a career when the primary callers to the talk show were my roommates wondering what toppings I wanted on the pizza they planned to order that night.

What led you to practice law?

Lam: I was drawn to the practice of law by the intellectual challenge of learning about new areas of law and business, distilling facts, crafting arguments, and advocating for clients.

NCLW: What do you most enjoy about practicing litigation?

Lam: I enjoy the responsibility of helping clients during challenging times and working to protect their business through either the defense or prosecution of claims.  Standing before a judge or jury to advocate for my clients is exciting and is why I became a lawyer.

NCLW: What does the future hold?

Lam: As I look ahead, I will continue to strive to further develop as a lawyer and advocate for clients in the courtroom and the conference room; provide valuable leadership and service to the profession and to our community; and instill confidence, curiosity and compassion in my wife’s and my two young daughters as they grow into bright, independent women.

NCLW: Describe something about yourself others would be surprised to know?

Lam: I appeared as an extra in a May 1999 episode of “Dawson’s Creek” – a 45 second clip that now serves as a humorous cocktail party story.  And no, I did not meet Katie Holmes.

Click here to view the full edition from NCLW.

This is the fifth consecutive year that a Nexsen Pruet attorney has received this award. Dan Boyce and Grainger Pierce were recognized by NCLW in 2012.

Chris Lam is a Member (partner) in the Business Litigation Group in Charlotte, N.C. His broad experience includes litigating disputes in State and Federal Courts and arbitrations related to contracts, trade secrets, pharmaceutical product liability, defamation, motorsports, professional negligence/discipline and private equity investments.

Nexsen Pruet, LLC is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.