Throughout his 28 year legal career, Chris’s passion has been to provide each of his clients with effective, aggressive and personalized legal representation. Chris brings a vast array of legal knowledge and experience to each and every case he handles, including motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, nursing home neglect, catastrophic injuries (severe burns, brain and spinal injuries, etc.), construction accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death.
Chris’ extensive and diverse work history in the legal field provides him with a unique perspective on how to successfully litigation cases against large corporations and insurance companies to obtain maximum compensation for victims of negligence. Chris moved to Charlotte in 1987 and began his legal career at Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLP, one of the state’s largest law firms, defending companies in litigation matters in both state and federal courts. In 1993, he accepted a position as in-house counsel at First Union Corporation (now Wells Fargo), handling complex litigation cases across the country. As Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel of First Union, Chris was also responsible for overseeing and defending the personal injury and risk management cases against the company.
In 1997, Chris joined with his law partner Jeff Warren to form Warren & Kallianos, a personal injury law firm exclusively focused on protecting the rights of those injured by the negligence of others. His skill, reputation and accomplishments as a trial attorney have been recognized by numerous state and national legal organizations and associations.
In addition to practicing law, Chris believes in public service and the need to support organizations that protect access to justice and the right to a jury trial. Chris has served on the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), an organization dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those injured by the negligence of others, as County Captain of the NCAJ, and as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Fee Dispute Committee and Public Information and Education Committee. For six years, Chris also served as a Commissioner and Mayor-Pro-Tem on the Matthews Town Council.
Chris is a lifelong native of North Carolina, having been born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. Chris attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) where he studied psychology and business. He received his undergraduate degree and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa from UNC in 1984. He also attended law school at UNC where he received his law degree with honors in 1987. While in law school, Chris served as a member of the North Carolina Law Review and was appointed to the Board of Editors of the North Carolina Law Review. Chris is a published author on topics ranging from bad faith insurance practices to medical negligence. He is admitted to practice in all North Carolina federal and state courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and is a Certified North Carolina Superior Court Mediator.
Chris has an active life outside of the practice of law. He has three wonderful daughters who are all married. He is a proud grandfather and enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible. Chris is an avid golfer and tennis player, having competed in various golf and tennis events throughout Charlotte.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2012|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2011|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2010|
|Top 100 Trial Laywers in North Carolina||The American Trial Lawyers Association||2009|
|Law Dragon 3000||Lawdragon Magazine||N/A|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||N/A|
|Member/Manager||Warren & Kallianos, PLLC||1997 - Present|
|Vice President and Assistant General Counsel||Wells Fargo Corporation||1993 - 1997|
|Litigation Attorney||Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein||1987 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||Board of Governors||2012 - 2015|
|Mecklenburg County Bar Fee Dispute Committe||Member||2012 - 2015|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||1997 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar Association||Member||1987 - Present|
|North Carolina Law Review||Bad Faith Refund to Pay First-Party Invoice Claims: A Growing Recognition of Extra-Contract Damages||1986|
|North Carolina Law Review||Psychiatrists' Liability to Third Parties for Harmful Acts Committed by Dangerous Patients||1986|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor w/ Honors||1987|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Business and Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|