His varied expertise includes litigating internal disputes among corporate shareholders and LLC members, real estate and banking issues, failed transactions of all shapes and sizes, intellectual property disputes, and Uniform Commercial Code and other commercial law matters. Chris’s ability to achieve successful results in a wide variety of contexts has earned him recognition as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite in business litigation and as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Since 2012, the peer-selected North Carolina Super Lawyers has recognized Chris as one of the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina.
Chris began his career at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, now known as Womble Bond Dickinson. After 18 years, Chris co-founded Graebe Hanna & Sullivan, a business litigation boutique, where he practiced until joining Morningstar Law Group with his son Will in 2022.
Chris believes that the justice system must work for everyone, and that pro bono representation of clients who cannot afford counsel is part of the duty of every lawyer. He routinely represents disadvantaged clients in housing and consumer cases without charging a fee. In 2008, Chris received the North Carolina Bar Association’s highest honor for an individual attorney’s pro bono service, the William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award.
Chris is a certified Superior Court mediator who served on the Local Civil Rules Committee of both the North Carolina Business Court and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Outside the office, Chris enjoys all types of cycling and is proud to be an avid member of the Raleigh Gyros Cycling Club and a two-time Ironman Triathlon finisher.
Success emerges from a combination of the quality of our decisions and the quantity of luck we receive. It is equally important to acknowledge the luck and to control the decisions.