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 Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Corporate Law / Business Organizations
University Wake Forest University, B.A., 2005
Law SchoolCampbell University, J.D., 2009
Admitted2009, North Carolina; 2010, United States District Court Western District of North Carolina; 2012, United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina; 2012, United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina

Christian H. Staples' principal area of practice is civil litigation. His practice is diverse and includes all aspects of complex commercial litigation, business litigation, commercial real estate, products liability, construction law, personal injury, and appeals. He also has experience representing businesses and individuals before state licensing boards and in other administrative proceedings.

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.

Representative Matters

· Represent major appliance manufacturer in product liability actions and other litigation matters.

· Represent commercial property owners/management in landlord-tenant disputes, including summary ejectment proceedings and actions to recover money damages.

· Represent owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and sureties at all stages of construction projects, including pre-construction contract drafting and negotiation.

· 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.

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




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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.

North Carolina’s New Growler Fill Law
Christian H. Staples, October 23, 2013
There has been both excitement and confusion surrounding the recent passage of new laws and regulations governing the sale, filling and re-filling of growlers within our State. This paper briefly discusses the relevant history and explains the new law in simple terms so that breweries and retailers...

You Want Fries With That? New North Carolina Law Restricts Obesity Related Tort Claims
Christian H. Staples, October 15, 2013
North Carolina House Bill 683, known as the Commonsense Consumption Act (“Act”), became effective on October 1, 2013. The Act contains two main provisions. First, it provides that no city or county ordinance may prohibit the sale of soft drinks above a certain size. For this reason, the...
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Christian H. Staples

128 South Tryon Street, Suite 1800
CharlotteNC 28202-5013


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