Christian Staples is an aggressive litigator with a special emphasis on complex cases involving allegations of product liability, construction defects, breach of contract, and serious business torts. His practice also involves the representation of clients in alternative dispute resolution (i.e.
, mediation and arbitration), administrative proceedings, and appeals.
In addition to representing clients in litigation, he routinely counsels clients on general corporate law matters relating to entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation.
Christian also counsels several local businesses in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry, and is well-versed in alcoholic beverage law and the federal, state, and local regulations affecting breweries, wineries, and distilleries.
He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Christian has been named a “Rising Star” by North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine and a “Young Gun” by Business North Carolina Magazine, honors which are only bestowed on a very select number of lawyers.
Outside of his practice, Christian serves as Chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar Young Lawyers Division and as Ex-Officio Member of the MCB Board of Directors.
Prior to practicing law, Christian graduated from Woodberry Forest School and went on to receive a 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. He 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 Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, Young Guns, 2016
•North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 - 2016
01.28.2016 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Rising Stars
01.22.2016 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2016 Legal Elite
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. Lawyers.com. http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/10/no-obesity-based-suits-in-nc/
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