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 Leasing
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Corporate Law / Business Organizations
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate
  • Sports and Entertainment
University Wake Forest University, B.A., 2005
Law SchoolCampbell University, J.D., 2009
Admitted2009, North Carolina; 2014, South Carolina; 2012, United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina,; 2012, United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina; 2010, United States District Court Western District of North 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, Secretary/Treasurer
•Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, Microbrewery Text Amendment, Citizens Advisory Group Member
•North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
•Defense Research Institute


Christian H. Staples' practice is diverse and includes all aspects of complex business litigation, commercial real estate, products liability, construction law, personal injury and torts, insurance law, and appeals. He also has experience representing businesses and individuals in administrative proceedings and advises clients on regulatory and compliance issues, particularly in the fields of alcoholic beverage production and distribution.

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
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

06.09.2014 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

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: Serves as outside general counsel to Council of Governments in a variety of legal 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 flooring product importer/wholesaler in complex litigation involving claims for breach of warranty, trademark infringement, unfair & deceptive trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, and other legal and equitable claims; Represents owner of landfill and recycling business in administrative actions involving state health and environmental agency; Represents multiple clients in connection with enforcement, execution and collection of judgments; Represents owners, developers, contractors, suppliers, and sureties in all stages of construction projects, including pre-construction contract drafting and negotiation; Represents environmental emergency response company in arbitration proceedings related to Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; Represents multiple new brewery start-ups with corporate formation/organization, business and financial planning, permitting, brewery and taproom zoning, and other related matters; Represented individual plaintiff in action to recover one-half of lottery proceeds derived from $4 million annuity prize; Tate v. Calloway, et al . - No. COA12-501 - 2012 WL 6018139 (N.C. App., Dec. 4, 2012). Obtained summary judgment at the trial court level on behalf of two physicians against 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 . - No. COA10-1597 - 715 S.E.2d 218 (N.C. App., Aug. 2, 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 . - No. COA10-478 and COA10-843 - 710 S.E.2d 320 (N.C. App., May 3, 2011). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order dismissing plaintiff's complaint against hospital clients based on the improper issuance of summons and expiration of the statute of limitations; Jarrell v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hosp. Auth., et al . - No. COA09-1518 - 698 S.E.2d 190 (N.C. App., Aug. 17, 2010). Obtained affirmance of a trial court order awarding expert witness fees following a successful defense verdict at trial.

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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
Christian H. Staples, June 30, 2014
By now, most people have at least heard of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other modern taxicab alternatives, even if they have not experienced for themselves the innovative services that enable customers to virtually “hail a ride” by logging into a smartphone app and clicking a button.
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Christian H. Staples

128 South Tryon Street, Suite 1800
CharlotteNC 28202-5013


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