Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

Christopher Jackson is an experienced business litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial matters, with a focus on disputes involving technology (e.g., software, healthcare IT, e-commerce) and intellectual property (e.g., copyrights, trademarks, patents). He also has considerable experience in business law matters involving unfair competition, trade secrets, business torts, fraud, artistic property, and privacy concerns.

Christopher has successfully litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout North Carolina and across 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.

In addition to his litigation practice, Christopher serves in a leadership role at Morningstar Law Group. As operations partner for the firm’s accountability team, he assists with the management of a variety of issues involving technology and security, human resources, marketing, risk management and financial matters.

Christopher also regularly participates in pro bono legal projects. Early in his career, he spent several months working full-time with Legal Aid of North Carolina representing indigent clients. More recently, his former firm, Wood Jackson PLLC, was honored by the NC Bar Association as the 2014 recipient of its Smaller Law Firm Pro Bono Service Award.

Before joining Morningstar Law Group, Christopher was a co-managing member of Wood Jackson PLLC; practiced at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, an international law firm; and was a staff attorney for the Securities and Corporate Practices Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable I. Beverly Lake, Jr., who was Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court at the time.

Christopher is a North Carolina native. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, Jill, who is a board certified family law attorney, and their two children.


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Accolades

  • Best Lawyers: Litigation – Intellectual Property (2015-2020)
  • Best Lawyers: Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for Raleigh (2020)
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite: Intellectual Property (2019), Litigation (2012, 2014-2019), Young Guns (2011)
  • Super Lawyers: Business Litigation (2015-2019)

Representative Experience

  • Defended a software company in a copyright and licensing case where liability was undisputed, and obtained a trial result that was less than three percent of the opposing party’s claim.
  • Represented 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.
  • Defended a software company in a dispute with a reseller involving claims of breach of contract and breach of warranty, and resolved the matter before trial after the court granted the defendant’s motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Defended a software company in a dispute involving claims for breach of contract and breach of warranty after an alleged data loss event, and resolved the matter after getting third-party claims dismissed before an arbitration hearing.
  • Together with the American Humanist Association, represented a North Carolina prisoner in a dispute against the NC Department of Public Safety, Division of Prisons, which resulted in the court granting the client’s motion for summary judgment and recognizing humanism as a faith group, declaring that the defendants had violated the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses, and awarding attorneys’ fees.

Presentations & Publications

  • “The Truth About Arbitration (What Really Happens).” Joint Presentation. Morningstar Law Group CLE (2017)
  • “Tips for Avoiding and Resolving Technology Contract Disputes.” Panel Member, Current Topics for the Busy In-House Lawyer. Morningstar Law Group CLE (2016)
  • “It’s All Too Much, Handling Large Discovery Requests.” NC Bar Association CLE (2013, 2014)
  • “Why Do Pro Bono?” Panel Member, Pro Bono Summit at NC Bar Association / Legal Aid of North Carolina CLE (2013)

Education

  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D. (1999) with honors
    NC Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation: Articles Editor and Staff Member
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (1995) with distinction

Admissions

  • State of North Carolina (1999)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (2002)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2003)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (2003)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2006)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2006)

Professional

  • Wake County Library Commission (former member)