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Chris began his legal career in 2005 and is a Partner in McGraw Morris’ Troy office where he heads the firm’s Police Professional Liability Defense practice group.

 

Specializing in police liability defense, Chris is a frequent presenter to law enforcement organizations on recent trends and legal issues.  Chris’s practice also includes municipal litigation, civil rights defense, zoning and land use law, employment, personal injury, and business disputes, as well as drafting municipal ordinances. Chris represents a number of small businesses in their general corporate, leasing and employment matters. Chris sits on the Litigation Advisory Board for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and is a member of the ICLE Deposition Skills Workshop faculty.

 

Chris graduated cum laude from Wayne State University Law School in 2005. He received his B.S. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, graduating magna cum laude in 1997. Prior to law school, Chris worked as a software developer and software consultant to automotive suppliers in southeastern Michigan. In law school, Chris interned with Magistrate Judge Paul J. Komives of the United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan.  Chris was also an active member of the WSU Law School Moot Court, receiving the individual award as the Best Brief Writer, as well as placing second in the 2004 Moot Court Law Day Competition.  Chris remains active as a WSU Law School Alum, judging annual Moot Court competitions and the 1L appellate oral arguments.

 

Areas Of Practice

  • Police Liability Defense
  • Zoning/Land Use
  • Civil Rights
  • Religious Land Use
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Employment

 

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2013
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, May, 2005 Juris Doctor
  • Honors: Cum Laude, 2004 Moot Court Law Day Competition, Runner-Up, Best Brief Writer, Wayne State Law School Moot Court
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, December, 1997B.S., Information Systems and Operations Management Honors: Magna Cum Laude

 

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Faculty, Deposition Skills Workshop
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), Litigation Advisory Board
  • WSU Law School Moot Court Alumni Judge
  • WSU Law School 1L Oral Argument Alumni Judge
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Italian-American Bar Association of Michigan

 

Military Service

  • United States Navy – USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), August 1989 – September 1993
  • Gulf War Veteran, Petty Officer Third Class
  • Honors: Kuwait Liberation Medal

Practice Areas

  • Municipal Law and Litigation
  • Civil Rights Defense Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Defense
  • Police Professional Liability Defense
  • School Law and Defense Litigation
  • No-Fault and Auto Negligence Defense
  • DDA and Corridor District Law
  • Sewer, Water and Drain Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Business Litigation
  • Election Law
  • Zoning and Real Estate
  • Premises Liability
  • Appellate Law
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Immigration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Natural Resources and Endangered Species
  • Auto Negligence

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