Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

Chris Fulmer is a tech lawyer and business attorney based in our Raleigh office. His clients reflect a cross-section of North Carolina’s business community — a rural grocery store, a distillery, internet startups, pharmaceutical companies, and a multi-billion-dollar open-source software company. Chris helps clients buy and sell their businesses, obtain investments, acquire assets and technology, and comply with an expanding body of regulations that govern the Internet.

Prior to joining Morningstar Law Group, Chris served as associate general counsel to a multinational contract research organization where he negotiated hundreds of commercial transactions, supported investments in numerous early-stage companies, and managed a strategic investment by two large private equity firms.

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  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law (2021-2022)

Representative Experience

  • Represents buyers and sellers in corporate acquisitions across multiple industries, including technology, retail, and service industries
  • Counsels startup companies through early-stage equity financings
  • Assists SaaS providers and contract research organizations in complying with GDPR and other privacy laws
  • Works with software companies to help them navigate open-source responsibilities

Presentations & Publications

  • “Hidden Troubles in Canada’s Anti-Spam Law.” Journal of the NC Bar Association’s International & Practices Section (2015)
  • Panel Discussion on Patent & Open-Source Issues. RTP Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professions (2013)
  • “Antitrust Surprises in Biopharma Partnering. – What You Must Know.” TechJournal South (2008)


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. (2006) with honors
    Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Technical Editor
    Duke Law and Technology Review, Editor
  • Carnegie Mellon University, B.S., Applied Math/Computer Science (1990)


  • North Carolina State Bar (2006)


  • FIRST Robotics Competition: Serve as adult mentor for high school robotics team