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Christopher C. Lam


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Chris Lam is a business litigator who enjoys the responsibility of helping clients during challenging times and working to protect their businesses through either the defense or prosecution of claims. His professional accomplishments, leadership, and contributions to the community have been recognized by multiple publications and organizations.

Chris has developed a diverse and successful litigation practice, representing both businesses and individuals, in disputes related to contracts, trade secrets, pharmaceutical product liability, defamation, non-competes, motorsports, and private equity investments.  He has also represented professionals, including doctors, lawyers, and dentists, in disciplinary proceedings before their respective licensing boards.

Chris serves as the “point person” for several clients, connecting them to the right firm lawyer in whatever discipline is needed for prompt, effective, and efficient resolution of that client’s issue.  He takes pride in being a “one-stop call” for assisting clients with needs including employment law, real estate, corporate, tax, and estate planning.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 2002


  • Duke University, B.A., 1998
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Duke University – Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors (2013-present); Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee (2003-present); Duke Engage Charlotte Steering Committee (2012-present); Board of Trustees (1998-2001)
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) – Board of Directors (2008-14), Chair of Operations Committee (2012-14)
  • North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) – Legal Adviser (volunteer) (2007-present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) – ADR Committee Vice Chair of Membership (2013-15); Business Litigation Committee Vice Chair of Programming (2014-15) 
  • North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Administration of Justice (AOJ) Committee – Chair (2013-2015); Member (2010-present) 
  • North Carolina Courts Commission - Member (2014-present)
  • North Carolina State Board of Law Examiners Bar Candidate Committee – Member (2003-present)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section – CLE Committee Chair (2009), CLE Committee Vice Chair (2008)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar - Executive Committee, Secretary (2015) 
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church – Elder (2014-16); Member of Personnel Committee (2010-present); Covenant Impacts Charlotte Team Leader (2012, 13)

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  • Listed in Chambers & Partners USA - "Leading Individual" in Litigation: General Commercial, 2015
  • Named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer®, 2015 - 2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation since 2015
  • Named one of North Carolina's "Legal Elite" for 2015 by Business North Carolina
  • Named one of North Carolina’s 2013 “Leaders in the Law” by NC Lawyers Weekly
  • Named one of Charlotte’s 2013 "40 Under 40" by the Charlotte Business Journal
  • Named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer® “Rising Star” (2010-2012)
  • Named as Business North Carolina "Legal Elite Young Gun” (2010)
  • UNC Law Pro Bono Alumni of the Year (2008) (Inaugural recipient)
  • Business Leader Media Pro Bono Impact Award (2008)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyer of the Year 2004-2005 (Inaugural recipient)
  • Named “Guardian of the Environment” by the The Charlotte Observer
  • 2016 Benchmark Litigation Future Star
  • Multiple representations of buyers and sellers in disputes arising out of corporate deals, including earnout disputes, indemnification claims, and merger challenges.
  • Defended franchisor portfolio company and directors and officers in numerous nationwide franchisee suits alleging breach of contract, fraud, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.
  • Obtained defense verdict for NASCAR owner in multi-million dollar unfair and deceptive trade practices suit based on alleged defamation and wrongful interference with contract.
  • Defended prominent civic and business leader in defamation action filed by former executive of area charitable organization.
  • Represented leading international insurance broker in lawsuit against major competitor and former executives for breach of non-solicitation agreements, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets, and related claims.
  • Defending major pharmaceutical company in multi-district litigation alleging product liability for leading cancer drugs.
  • Obtained summary judgment for major financial consulting company in New Jersey Federal Court in multi-million dollar claim for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and business interference.
  • "In Compliance: Are We Advocates or Compliance Officers? Understanding the Implications of the Recent High Profile Recall Investigations and Recommendations for Inside and Outside Counsel," International Association of Defense Counsel, 2015 Annual Meeting

  • “Communicating Legal Risk to Business Units,” Charlotte Association of Corporate Counsel, October 2014

  • “Litigation vs. Arbitration,” Nexsen Pruet Annual CLE Ethics Seminar, October 2014

  • “The Ps and Qs of Ts and Cs - Three Key Contract Provisions You Need When Trouble Comes: Warranty, Indemnification, Data Privacy,” Association of Corporate Counsel Contracts Symposium, November 2013

  • "Defending Commercial Class Actions: Recent Cases May be Giving the Defense an Edge." International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting, February 2013.

  • Co-Author, North Carolina General Practitioner’s Guide to Litigation (2013), Federal Civil Practice chapter

  • “Team and Driver Panel: Managing the Effects of a Changing Business Environment on Employment Agreements, Sponsorship Deals and Driver Contracts,” The Racing Attorney Conference (TRAC), 2010

Born in Charlotte, but raised in Southern Pines, Chris had no choice but to play golf as a kid.  He was introduced to the game by his dad, using clubs cut down by his grandfather.  While the local junior golf program allowed him to play some of this state’s best courses, Chris also made the most of the PGA Tour’s visits to Pinehurst.  He was a standard bearer during the 1991 and 1992 Tour Championships and volunteered as a marshal on the putting green during the 1999 US Open, in addition to broadcasting updates and reports on the tournament for a local radio station.

Chris continues to love the game of golf, though his frequency of play is greatly reduced due to his chosen profession and two young children.

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“I enjoy the responsibility of helping clients during challenging times and working to protect their businesses.”