Christian H. Staples: Lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Christian H. Staples

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Charlotte,  NC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Appellate
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Landlord Tenant
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Corporate Law Business Organizations
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and Entertainment
University Wake Forest University, B.A., 2005
Law SchoolCampbell University, J.D., 2009
Admitted2012, United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina; 2012, United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina; 2009, North Carolina; 2015, United States District Court District of South Carolina; 2010, United States District Court Western District of North Carolina; 2014, South Carolina

Professional and Community Affiliations

•American Bar Association
•Federal Bar Association
•North Carolina Bar Association
•Mecklenburg County Bar Association
•Mecklenburg County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Chair (2015-'16), Vice-Chair (2014-'15), Secretary/Treasurer (2013-'14)
•Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, Microbrewery Text Amendment, Citizens Advisory Group Member


Christian H. Staples' practice is diverse and includes all aspects of business litigation, commercial landlord/tenant law, products liability, corporate law, construction law, personal injury, administrative law, and appellate law. He also serves as outside general counsel for various local businesses. In addition, Christian has a growing practice serving clients in the food, beverage and hospitality industry, and he is well versed in state and federal alcoholic beverage laws and regulations, having taught several continuing education seminars on the topic.

Christian received his B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Wake Forest University. While at Wake Forest he served as chairman of the Honor & Ethics Council and was inducted into the Political Science Honor Society. Christian received his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Campbell Law Review and competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.


•North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2015

News Releases

06.30.2015 Christian H. Staples Elected Chair of Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division

01.26.2015 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars

01.21.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars

10.01.2013 Christian H. Staples Panelist on Young Lawyer's Division Panel

09.25.2013 Christian H. Staples Named Secretary/Treasurer by the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division

01.09.2013 Christian H. Staples Named “Connectivity Chair” by the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division


06.26.2015 Client Alert: New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses

06.09.2014 The Emergence of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in North Carolina: An Overview of Key Legal Distinctions Between Digital Dispatch Services and their Traditional Taxicab Competitors

10.21.2013 North Carolina's New Growler Fill Law

10.17.2013 Featured Commentator, (2013, October 17) NC Says No Obesity-Based Lawsuits Against Junk Food Makers.

10.10.2013 You Want Fries With That? New North Carolina Law Restricts Obesity Related Tort Claims

09.01.2013 Mechanic's Lien Discharge Bonds: An Introduction to Key Issues, Surety Claims Institute Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 3

08.01.2013 Meet Your Council: Christian H. Staples, Mecklenburg County Bar Association Newsletter

03.01.2012 Can Nurses Provide Medical Causation Opinions? The Defender, Vol. XVII, No. 6, Spring 2012, pp. 17-21

10.19.2011 Can Nurses Provide Medical Causation Opinions?

03.16.2011 N.C. Court of Appeals Interprets Revised Costs Statutes 2008 In Vino Veritas: Does the Twenty-First Amendment Really Protect a State's Right to Regulate Alcohol? An Overview of the North Carolina Wine Industry and the Continuing Wine Distribution Litigation, 31 Campbell L. Rev. 123

Events and Presentations

10.09.2014 Brewery Law Update

05.08.2014 Legal Considerations for Opening, Running and Patronizing Breweries and Other Drinking Establishments

09.28.2013 Professionalism for New Admittees

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represents appliance manufacturer and window/door manufacturer in product liability actions and other litigation matters.; Represents commercial property owners/management in landlord-tenant disputes, summary ejectment proceedings, and actions to recover money damages.; Represents owner of landfill and recycling business in civil enforcement and administrative actions involving a state health and environmental agency.; Represents multiple new brewery start-ups with corporate formation and organization, permitting, zoning, and other related matters.; Represents local restaurant chain in various matters including general corporate matters, commercial leasing, asset/equipment sales, licensing, etc.; Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties in all stages of commercial construction.; Serves as outside general counsel to local Council of Governments in a variety of legal matters.; Represented internationally known motorcycle journalist and TV personality in lawsuit against producer and production company involving claims for breach of contract, trademark infringement, defamation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.; Represented flooring product importer/wholesaler in complex bet the company litigation involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, unfair & deceptive trade practices, etc.; Represented environmental emergency response company in multiple arbitration proceedings arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in multi-million dollar awards.; Represented individual plaintiff in action to recover one-half of lottery proceeds derived from multi-million dollar annuity prize.; Reported Appellate Decisions; Tate v. Calloway, et al., 735 S.E.2d 633 (N.C. App. 2012). Obtained summary judgment at the trial court level on behalf of two physicians facing claims of tortious interference with contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Summary judgment was affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals.; Khomyak v. Meek, et al., 214 N.C. App. 54, 715 S.E.2d 218 (2011). Obtained reversal of a trial court order awarding only $1, 000 in litigation costs following a successful defense verdict at trial. On remand, the trial court awarded our clients over $15, 000 in litigation costs.; Stinchcomb v. Presbyterian Med. Care Corp., et al., 211 N.C. App. 556, 710 S.E.2d 320 (2011). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order dismissing plaintiff's complaint against hospital client based on the improper issuance of summons and expiration of the statute of limitations.; Jarrell v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hosp. Auth., et al., 206 N.C. App. 559, 698 S.E.2d 190 (2010). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order awarding expert witness fees following a successful defense verdict at trial.

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New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses
Christian H. Staples, July 3, 2015
On June 19, 2015, House Bill 909 (now Session Law 2015-98) was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, making considerable changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) laws. The most notable changes concern distillery sales, unfortified wine growler sales, alternating...
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Christian H. Staples

101 South Tryon Street, Suite 2200
CharlotteNC 28280-0002


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