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Chris McCartan grew up in Buffalo, New York, and has lived in Concord since 2002. As the child of a single mother, he learned the values of hard work and responsibility from one of the most incredible women in the world.

A graduate of Syracuse University, Chris received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He was also fortunate to leave SU as a National Champion, Captain, and three-year starter of the Orange lacrosse team. Chris went on to receive his law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Chris moved to North Carolina and was hired as an associate with the law firm now called Powers McCartan, a group he has been a partner with for the last four years. He practices criminal defense almost exclusively, with a particular focus on Driving While Impaired (DWI) and Misdemeanor Offenses.

Away from the office, Chris was a two-term Chairman of the Cabarrus County Republican Party, and was also a member of the Party’s Board At-Large prior to being elected. He is also a partner in a commercial real estate corporation, with its two main holdings being 8 Church Street (the old Yorke & Wadsworth building) and 24 Cabarrus Avenue (the old Shuford Insurance building) in Downtown Concord. Chris is Co-President of Miners Lacrosse, a youth lacrosse organization based in Cabarrus County, and a member of Sailfish Masters Swim Team.

Chris focuses his practice on the areas of DWI Defense, Criminal and Traffic Defense, and license restoration and preservation issues with the DMV.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
  3. Speeding Ticket: 25%

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  • Brandon Rice Roseman

    Chris works hard for his clients. I have traveled to Cabarrus County for several matters and seen him at work. He is very knowledgeable and diligent.


    Brandon Roseman Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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Contact info

Powers McCartan

8 Church Street South
Concord, NC, 28025


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Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina State BarMemberN/A
Mecklenburg County BarMemberN/A
North Carolina Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Syracuse University College of LawN/AMA - Masters1998
Syracuse UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1997