Chris Jackson is a versatile litigator and trial attorney whose practice focuses on a mix of business disputes and defending product liability, medical malpractice, and general liability claims. He prides himself on thriving in any forum, having obtained successful results in complex cases decided on written submissions alone, jury trials and arbitrations, and even small-claims disputes.
In his products liability practice, Chris has defended manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products, including household appliances, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, construction equipment, and building supplies. His experience in medical malpractice defense and insurance-defense work afforded him significant opportunities early in his legal career to manage cases as a first- and second-chair lawyer, develop meaningful client relationships, depose critical witnesses, and argue motions in state and federal courts. Representing doctors and other healthcare providers is also personal to Chris. Both of his parents were career healthcare providers, which showed him the dedication required and the challenges presented by this work.
Preparation, attention to detail, and strategic thinking are at the core of Chris’s approach to litigation. He understands that lawyers don’t get to control the facts of their cases, but that providing excellent service requires him to invest his own time and effort to understand every one of those facts. He never wants a client to be blind-sided by a development in a case, so he works to ensure that he has read everything and evaluated every potential strategy before any avoidable surprises can occur.
Before law school, Chris worked as a paralegal outside of Boston, assisting in the representation of banks through foreclosure proceedings during the height of the mortgage crisis. Through that experience, he observed that the job of advancing a client’s interests must always be done through civility and integrity. This is a lesson that he seeks to apply to his legal practice every day.
Chris is also a competitive distance runner. He has completed numerous marathons and twice finished in the top one-percent of the field at the Boston Marathon, including a personal best of 2:43:23 in 2017. He brings the same competitive drive and energy to representing his clients that he brings to the roads.
- Defended physicians through jury and bench trials that resulted in a defense verdicts and awards.
- Obtained summary judgment for product manufacturer in wrongful-death suit alleging negligent design, successor liability, and fraud.
- Obtained summary judgment for educational institution on claims of Title IX violations, negligence, and unfair trade practices.
- Drafted briefs used to exclude expert testimony in complex business dispute resulting in eight-figure reduction in potential damages against client.
- Obtained complete defense award with order for payment of fees in arbitration proceeding on behalf of custom homebuilder.
- Managed various aspects of client’s response following claims of product failures, including internal investigation, reporting to CPSC, and oversight of expert testing.
- Advised healthcare providers through investigations by the North Carolina Medical Board and, North Carolina Board of Nursing, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- Defended manufacturers of medical devices in national litigation.
Awards and Honors
- Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Young Guns (2015-2017, 2019)
- North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, Civil Litigation (2017-2019)
- International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy Graduate (2015)
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Rose Council, Wake Forest University School of Law (Young Alumni Board)
- Chair (2016-2017)
- Vice-Chair (2015-2016)
- Board Member / Executive Committee Member (2012-present)
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Litigation Section Council (2016-2018)
- Liaison, Young Lawyer Division & Litigation Section (2016-2017)
- Defense Research Institute
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
- "What's New and What's Next in Opioid Painkiller Litigation," DRI - Rx for the Defense, Jan. 2017 (republished in DRI Health Law Update, July 2017)
- "When Less is More: Drafting Enforceable Arbitration Provisions," Notes Bearing Interest, February 2014
- “The Courts Remain Open for Business in Trying Times – Lessons from Sequestration and Shutdown,” The Middle Ground, October 2013
- Taking Duty Home, 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 1157 (2011)