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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 Foundation 2013-present
  • General Counsel and Executive Committee, Charlotte Regional Partnership 2015 - present
  • Board Member Yale Football Association 2014 - present
  • Board Member, North Carolina Travel and Tourism Coalition, 2005 – 2012
  • Member, Governor’s Motorsports Advisory Council, 2008 – 2015
  • Board Operations Committee, Charlotte Regional Partnership, 2008 - 2011
  • Member, Governor’s Healthy Schools Cabinet, 2010 – 2012
  • Member, UNC Charlotte Motorsports Program Advisory Council, 2007 – 2011
  • Member, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 2009 – 2010
  • Member, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation State Advisory Panel, 2007 – 2009
  • Member, Motorsports Industry Council, 2006 – 2009
  • Board of Directors, Southern Webbing Mills Inc., 2005 – 2009
  • Member, Public School Forum of North Carolina, 2004 – 2008
  • Board Member, Charlotte Catholic High School Alumni, 2003 – 2007
  • Member, Charlotte Organizing Project (CHOP), 1994 – 1996

  • Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Since 2014

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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