Chris grew up in Calhoun County, Alabama and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010. Before entering private practice, Chris clerked for Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then worked for a large Birmingham firm where he focused on complex and appellate litigation before joining Hare Wynn in early 2015.
Chris has experience litigating civil actions in 12 states and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants at the trial and appellate levels. He is currently representing corn farmers from across the country in In re Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation (MDL 2591). In addition, Chris has recently worked on contract disputes, personal injury cases, and a shareholder derivative suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery. As court-appointed appellate counsel for a habeas petitioner, he also recently obtained reversal of a district court’s ruling against his client following briefing and oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Chris has published articles in the Alabama Lawyer and Defense Counsel Journal dealing with issues that frequently arise in complex litigation, namely removal of class actions and enforcement of forum-selection clauses. Chris was a member of the Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum Class V and has served on state and local bar committees. He is also on the junior board of the Horizons School of Birmingham and has long been a strong supporter of the Alabama Future Farmers of America, having served as state president of the association and as an alumni board member.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, attending college football games, dining with friends, and visiting state parks. He also likes to kayak and work on woodworking projects.
Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2007, where he received the Alexander Heard Award for political science and received the Founder’s Medal for First Honors. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2010, where he received the Joseph H. Beale Prize for Conflict of Laws, was a Dean’s Scholar, and was submissions editor for the Harvard Journal on Legislation.
Vanderbilt University, B.A. summa cum laude 2007
Prior to entering private practice, Chris clerked for Honorable William H. Pryor Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Chris has published articles in the Alabama Lawyer and Defense Counsel Journal dealing with issues that frequently arise in complex litigation, namely removal of class actions and enforcement of forum-selection clauses.
In 2017, Chris was a part of a trial team that successfully represented the nation’s corn growers in the first of eight certified state class action lawsuits against Syngenta, resulting in a verdict of nearly $218 million.
- Alabama, 2010
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
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