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"5 Questions with Chris Kouri"

Business North Carolina

October 2, 2017

On Friday, September 29, Business North Carolina's Ben Kinney posted a "You Oughta Know" article on Nexsen Pruet member Chris Kouri. The publication features a member of the local community that readers should know in their Friday morning "Daily Digest."

Read an excerpt below:

What do you like best about your job?

I love the win-win aspect of transactional law that especially plays out in economic development: helping private clients expand, grow and develop in partnership with public entities that realize their policy aims of job creation and growing prosperous communities. To be a part of fusing that together is very gratifying.

What inspires you?

So many things. When I see people overcoming adversity. Good public policy outcomes that help society thrive. Justice and justice seekers. When it’s 4th and goal from the 2-yard line and my team converts!

Who is a role model?

I have had many role models throughout my life, from my dad, to my grandfather, to coaches, professors, priests and political leaders. I have always admired the wisdom and equanimity of Abraham Lincoln. (As an economic-development lawyer, I always appreciated his public support for canals and railroads.) On the gridiron, no one inspired me like Lawrence Taylor. You could say my range of role models is wide, depending on my pursuit.

What was your biggest challenge this week?

Usually I represent private-sector clients, but recent work representing a municipality has posed an interesting new challenge: To expand public participation in a private development (that will bring public benefits), but has experienced some challenges that may require modifications to the public participation.

Favorite North Carolina vacation spot?

I am usually a beach person, but this summer I loved chasing western N.C.’s waterfalls (not in the TLC sense — see: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls) with my kids following this cool website.

See the full article from Business North Carolina here.

Nexsen Pruet 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.