Kris Gardner's practice focuses primarily in local government law, litigation and beverage alcohol control law. He serves as general counsel to the North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Triangle J Council of Governments. He is also the town attorney for Enfield and Littleton, both in Halifax County. Kris represents creditors in debt collection matters, assists small business owners, and represents professionals before licensing boards such as the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners and the North Carolina Medical Board. Kris is also certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator in Superior Court matters.
A native of Charlotte, Kris graduated cum laude from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the law journal. He attended North Carolina State University before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.
Kris is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and N.C. Professional Lobbyists Association. Kris served as an at-large member on the Morrisville town council from 2014-2015; as well as the Board of Directors for the Morrisville Community Fund until 2016.
Kris was recognized as a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2011-2016. His hobbies include hunting and saltwater fishing.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2017|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2016|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2016|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2015|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2015|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2014|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2013|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2012|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2012|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2011|
|Best Law Firms||U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®||2010|
|Certified Superior Court Mediator||NC Dispute Resolution Commission||2009|
|Rising Star||North Carolina Super Lawyers||2009|
|Apple Gavel||North Carolina Bar Association, Law Related Education Advisory Committee||N/A|
|AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Attorney||Tharrington Smith||2002 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|N.C. Professional Lobbyists Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|North Carolina State Bar||Member||2002 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Wake County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|NCBA's Lawyer Referral Service Committee||Member||2012 - 2014|
|NCBA’s Law Related Education Advisory Committee||Member||2005 - 2011|
|American Bar Association||Member||2002 - 2016|
|North Carolina Central University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
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