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Christopher Kouri

Member, Charlotte Office Managing Partner

  • (T) 704.338.5333
  • (F) 704.805.4718

I’m a lawyer committed to helping my clients tackle tough challenges and develop proactive strategies that generate results.

At Nexsen Pruet, my practice is focused on economic development, government affairs and general corporate law. As counsel to clients with economic development projects, I am experienced in incentive negotiations and have advised a number of domestic and international companies in public and private financing and state and local economic incentive packages. I’ve also helped economic development clients navigate regulatory and permitting requirements, select optimal sites and acquire real estate. Client projects have ranged from corporate office and headquarter development to manufacturing and back office facilities.


  • University of North Carolina, J.D., 2000
  • Duke University, MPP, 2000
  • Yale University, B.A., 1992
Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Board Member and Chair of Education Committee, NC Motorsports Association and Foundation 2013-present
  • Board Member, North Carolina Economic Development Association, 2019-present
  • Board Member Yale Football Association 2014 - present
  • General Counsel and Member of Executive Committee, Charlotte Regional Partnership, 2015-2019
  • Former Board Member, North Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition
  • Former member, Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council
  • Former member, Governor’s Healthy Schools Cabinet
  • Former member, UNC Charlotte Motorsports Program Advisory Council
  • Former member, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Former member, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation State Advisory Panel
  • Former member, Motorsports Industry Council
  • Former Board of Directors, Southern Webbing Mills Inc.
  • Former member, Public School Forum of North Carolina
  • Former member, Charlotte Organizing Project (CHOP)
  • Former member, Charlotte Catholic High School Alumni


Chris moderated an NCEDA-hosted webinar with Governor Roy Cooper and his chief policy adviser Ken Eudy on April 29, 2020. The Governor covered the intertwined issues of public health and the impaired economy the COVID-19 crisis presents and laid out his vision and thoughts for a way forward in the crucial months ahead. Listen and view here: NCEDA Webinar with Governor Roy Cooper.

Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Economic Development Seminar: NC vs. SC, NC Property Tax Incentives; Port Cargo Credits/Data Centers, November 6, 2015

With young children, an old house and a growing practice, my days are full. I love time with my family, and I revel listening to my music (preferably rock n’ roll and the blues), reading (especially about American history and culture), and time in my study with a sip of something good and a game on. And while baseball in summertime and basketball in the winter are both great, I love watching football most of all.

Travel and time with friends has always been a passion, though it’s taken a different character with the kids. My friends and I find more and more interesting excuses/venues for visits, much of it around football…and several of us can’t stop reminiscing about the casinos.

When disaster strikes, I feel a strong pull to go and help. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti struck, I was able to go within days and pitch in at both places. It was with a heavy heart, but I loved that work.

I am struck by the growth of my hometown. Charlotte continues to become a city with great character. I am delighted to be here, to be home, serving my clients and community and growing my practice at Nexsen Pruet.

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In life and the law, it's really the same. With open communication and trust, you get the best outcomes.