Chris Smith counsels clients on business strategy and risk management matters. He manages large multi-party and multi-jurisdiction projects, mission-critical projects, and works on public policy issues affecting the business/legal climate. He has significant trial experience in business disputes, trade secrets, licensing and other intellectual property matters. He serves on the Executive Committee of the NC Chamber, on the Board of the NC Chamber Legal Institute, on the firm's Management Committee and co-chairs the firm's Business Litigation Team.
Joined Smith Anderson in 1995. Practiced at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, 1992-1995. Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (2010-2019); The Best Lawyers in America(c), Commercial Litigation (2013-2019); Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating; North Carolina Super Lawyers (2007-2019); North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers (2013-2015); North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 25 Raleigh (2014).
NC Chamber of Commerce (Member, Board, 2014-present; Executive Committee, 2020-present); NC Chamber Legal Institute (Board Chair, 2015-2019; Board 2019-present); North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (President, 2012-2013); National DRI, Chair, Trade Secrets Group (2014-2020).
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1992; University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 1987, Phi Beta Kappa. Pro bono General Counsel, The Lerner Jewish Community Day School (2002-2019); NC Hillel (Member, Board of Directors, 2016-present).