Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., Williams College, 1976, cum laude
  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984
  • North Carolina, 1984
  • Land Use Law
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

J. Christopher (Chris) Oates

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Chris Oates brings considerable experience to his clients and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate and land use law.  He is a former leader of the firm’s commercial real estate group.  

  • He is routinely involved in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of urban and suburban office complexes, mixed-use developments, hotels, and retail shopping center facilities.
  • He has represented municipal interests and private developers in public/private joint ventures, economic incentive agreements, and other collaborations.
  • He has also been involved with the negotiation of lease agreements, restrictive covenants, and operating and reciprocal easement agreements for developer, lender, and tenant clients.
  • He has assisted developers with zoning issues and obtaining variances before municipal boards.
  • He has written and lectured on commercial real estate leasing issues, especially the negotiation of retail leases.

Of Note

  • General Counsel to the Charlotte Sports Foundation (Operator of ACC Championship and Belk Bowl Football Games)
  • Chambers USA-North Carolina, Real Estate, 2003-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2015, 2020; Charlotte Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, 2006-2021
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, 2006-2011, 2013
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2006-2020
  • Past Chairman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Real Property Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Real Property Section