J. Christopher Jackson

Partner
About

Christopher Jackson is an experienced business litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial matters. A significant portion of his practice involves technology (e.g., software, healthcare IT, and e-commerce) and intellectual property (e.g., copyright, trademark, and patent) disputes. He also has considerable experience in matters involving unfair competition, trade secrets, business torts, fraud, artistic property, and privacy concerns. Christopher has litigated cases successfully in both federal and state courts throughout North Carolina, as well as in various other courts throughout the southeastern United States. His clients range from publicly traded, market-leading technology companies to mid-size and small privately held businesses, as well as entrepreneurs, artists, and other individuals.

Before joining Morningstar Law Group, Christopher was a co-managing member of Wood Jackson PLLC for several years. He also has practiced with Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (now known as Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), an international law firm based in Atlanta, and worked as a staff attorney for the Securities and Corporate Practices Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable I. Beverly Lake, Jr., who was Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court at the time.


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Representative Work

Examples of Christopher’s previous work include:

  • Defending a software company in a copyright and licensing case where liability was undisputed, and obtaining a trial result that was less than 3 percent of the opposing party’s claim.
  • Representing a leading retailer and distributor of high-quality protective cases and accessories for portable electronic devices in a matter involving claims for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, and unfair and deceptive trade practices, which resulted in a consent judgment being entered against the opposing party that included both monetary damages and a permanent injunction.
  • Defending a software company in a dispute with a reseller involving claims of breach of contract and breach of warranty, and resolving the matter before trial after the court granted the defendant’s motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Defending a software company in a dispute involving claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty after an alleged data loss event, and resolving the matter after getting third-party claims dismissed before an arbitration hearing.
  • Defending the minority owner of a privately held cellular phone retailer in a contractual dispute with the majority owner, and successfully negotiating a settlement that included a buy-out of the minority owner before discovery commenced in the case.
  • Representing a photographer in a copyright dispute with a large, publicly traded company.
  • Representing a beverage distributor in pre-suit negotiations concerning the buy-out of its multi-state regional territory.
  • Representing a plaintiff in a dispute over the ownership and sale of a successful online business, resulting in a confidential settlement.
  • Representing a nursing home operator in a contested case that challenged the award of a Certificate of Need (“CON”) related to providing adult care home beds and an Alzheimer’s special care unit.
  • Serving as local counsel for numerous clients with cases pending in North Carolina federal and state courts (including the EDNC, MDNC, and N.C. Business Court).

Christopher also is committed to pro bono efforts on behalf of individuals and non-profit organizations. In late 2004 and early 2005, he worked full-time with Legal Aid of North Carolina for several months representing indigent clients through the Ralph Stockton/Kilpatrick Stockton Fellowship program. He also advises pro bono clients with expunction, landlord-tenant, and First Amendment issues. In 2014, the North Carolina Bar Association honored his former firm, Wood Jackson PLLC, with its Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for Smaller Law Firms.

Achievements


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Fellow North Carolina lawyers have selected Christopher as a member of Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite,” an honor given to only approximately 3% of lawyers statewide, in 2011 (Young Guns), 2012 (Litigation), and 2014–2017 (Litigation), as well as for inclusion in the 2015–2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation – Intellectual Property. He was also named a Super Lawyer® for Business Litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for 2015–2017.

His former firm, Wood Jackson PLLC, also received a 2016 Metropolitan Practice Area First Tier ranking for its Intellectual Property Litigation practice by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

Presentations and Publications
  • “Tips for Avoiding and Resolving Technology Contract Disputes” – Panel Member, Current Topics for the Busy In-House Lawyer (Morningstar Law Group CLE, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC, February 11, 2016)
  • “It’s All Too Much” – Handling Large Discovery Requests (N.C. Bar Association CLEs, Charlotte, NC, October 25, 2013, and Wilmington, NC, February 7, 2014)
  • “Why Do Pro Bono?” – Panel Member, Pro Bono Summit (N.C. Bar Association / Legal Aid of North Carolina CLE, Cary, NC, March 20, 2013)
Admissions
  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
Education
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1999, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Articles Editor and Staff Member
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with distinction, 1995