Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., Furman University, 2003, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa.
  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2008; Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review.
  • North Carolina, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2009
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Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

Christopher D. Tomlinson

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Chris Tomlinson has extensive experience representing clients in complex business and securities litigation, with concentrations in financial services litigation, broker-dealer litigation, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, and manufacturing litigation. Mr. Tomlinson regularly litigates in federal courts, state courts, FINRA arbitration, and other private arbitrations. Mr. Tomlinson has particular experience litigating cases in the North Carolina Business Court, and he is a practice leader for Moore & Van Allen’s North Carolina Business Court Litigation Team.

A member in Moore & Van Allen’s Litigation Group, Mr. Tomlinson regularly assists a wide variety of clients, including global financial institutions, broker-dealers, private equity groups, and manufacturers. Mr. Tomlinson also represents members, shareholders, and directors in corporate governance disputes and business break-ups.

Mr. Tomlinson also assists clients with international and domestic regulatory enforcement matters, internal investigations, and white collar criminal matters, particularly when they involve financial or securities issues. Mr. Tomlinson’s regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal experience includes assisting clients in investigations and enforcement matters in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Mr. Tomlinson completed a special assignment as an Assistant District Attorney at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, during which he tried dozens of cases to verdict. Mr. Tomlinson has a significant record of pro bono legal service, as he has assisted on numerous court-appointed federal criminal cases and housing rights cases. Mr. Tomlinson also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of a Christian Ministry in the National Parks, advising the Board on constitutional issues and other matters.

Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Mr. Tomlinson clerked for the Honorable Sidney A. Fitzwater, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Of Note

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2018 “40 & Under Hot List" 
  • Selected for inclusion to the North Carolina "Rising Stars" list, which is included in Super Lawyers magazine, for Business Litigation, 2018
  • Serves as Vice-Chairman for the Board of Directors of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, a national non-profit operating in over 30 national parks.
  • Completed a special assignment as an Assistant District Attorney in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Received Vanderbilt’s Scholastic Excellence Awards in Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Multiparty Litigation.
  • Author of Changing the Rules of Establishment Clause Litigation:  An Alternative to the Public Expression of Religion Act. 6.1 Vand. L. Rev. 261 (Jan. 2008), which received the Myron Penn Laughlin Award.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained $160 million damages award in favor of bank and finding of no liability on $354 million in counterclaims following week-long arbitration hearing in dispute over commercial loans and valuation of real estate collateral. Bank of America v. AFH LLC et al., American Arbitration Association (2012).
  • Represented Swisher Hygiene and its directors before the North Carolina Business Court in litigation regarding the sale of Swisher’s assets to Ecolab.
  • Obtained dismissal of claims against client regarding sale of $16 million aircraft to plaintiff. Wedderburn Corp. v. Jetcraft Corp., et al., 2015 NCBC 101 (N.C. Business Court 2015).
  • Obtained $4 million jury verdict and eventual control of company for client following month-long jury trial. Drymax, LLC v. Hickory Brands, Inc.,C. Business Court (2013).
  • Achieved dismissal of all claims asserted against broker-dealer client. Bottom v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, North Carolina Superior Court (2014).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of software developer client. Mortgage Cadence, LLC v. Urban Lending Solutions, LLC, Arbitration case no. 2012-1300A (2013).
  • Obtained significant award for client in dispute over termination of industrial painting contract. Piedmont Natural Gas Co., Inc. v. Cannon Sline Industrial, Inc.,American Arbitration Association (2011).
  • Obtained favorable outcome for defendant in securities class action. Mancuso v. Charles R. Schwab & Co.,S. District Court, District of South Carolina (2010).
  • Represented financial institutions in numerous matters regarding commercial loan defaults.
  • Represented private equity groups and their portfolio companies in a variety of disputes.
  • Represented financial institutions in regulatory enforcement matters in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.