Christian has practiced law in Charlotte for more than fifteen years. He focuses on building long-term relationships with clients through his advocacy, responsiveness and candor. Christian is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He has received a rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell through his fellow lawyers ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Christian has substantial experience advising individuals, families and institutions on estate planning, business succession planning, asset protection, tax, and estate administration and probate law issues. Christian’s experience in litigating trust and estate disputes adds value to this practice area by helping him anticipate potentially ambiguous language or situations that can arise when clients are planning their estate, establishing trusts, or going through the post-mortem probate administration process. Christian was selected by his fellow North Carolina attorneys as one of Business North Carolina Magazine’s “Legal Elite” on nine separate occasions (and most recently in 2023).
Christian represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in trust and estate related disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, matters of will and trust construction, will caveats, actions for removal of trustees and executors, actions for trust modification and termination, and actions involving power of attorney abuse. Christian was chosen for the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 Super Lawyers’ List in the field of Estate and Trust Litigation. Christian served as the Managing Editor of the inaugural edition of the North Carolina Fiduciary Litigation Manual published by the North Carolina Bar Association.
Christian serves as counsel to entrepreneurs and companies in a broad spectrum of matters relating to the on-going operation of their businesses, including negotiating and closing commercial real estate transactions and advising on legal issues relating to the operations, governance, taxation and ownership of a business.
Christian is currently serving on the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Cabinet of Professional Advisors and the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Council. Christian previously served as co-Chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law section. He served on the Grievance Committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association and is the former Chair of the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association. Christian has authored several articles for Probate & Property, a legal magazine published by the American Bar Association. Christian often speaks on legal issues at conferences and seminars for attorneys, accountants and wealth advisors. Christian is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Christian grew up in southern Louisiana and continues to perfect his recipe for duck and sausage gumbo. Christian and his wife, Katie, delight in raising their two small children in Charlotte.