- Business Law
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- Banks and Banking
“As a founding partner in our firm, I have had the privilege of watching each member of our team become a trusted advisor to many clients. I have also experienced the satisfaction of helping some small family businesses grow into multinational corporations, and others remain small but provide prosperity to their owners. Individually and as a supportive and integrated firm, we are proud of our clients’ achievement of their goals and take pleasure in the knowledge that our legal expertise contributed to their success.”
Chip has an eclectic group of clients encompassing a wide range of business endeavors, both well established and just starting out. Their one consistent note is their loyal and committed relationship with our firm. With each, Chip helps them reach their business goals by anticipating and effectively solving legal issues that inevitably occur in today’s complicated and ever evolving business environment. His experience is invaluable in providing the best solution at the most opportune time.
Chip’s father was an exceptional trial lawyer, and it was while Chip was in the Navy that he realized that he enjoyed being able to advise others on legal issues. After 4 years of serving his country, he attended Wake Forest Law School, and there served as Editor in Chief of the Wake Forest Law Review. Upon graduation, he joined his father in the firm his father had founded. After several years of assisting in litigation matters, he shifted his focus towards assisting businesses as they were formed, and grew. This business focus led him to working with foreign companies seeking to do business in the United States, and this international area still accounts for a considerable portion of his practice.
Chip has been extremely active in organizations in his community having served as Chairman of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, and helping to found Leadership North Carolina, a statewide leadership development organization for which he served as Chairman for 5 years.
For the last several years he has served as the Co-Chair of the Piedmont Angel Network, an organization that seeks to provide funding for early stage entrepreneurs. That organization has provided over $12,000,000 in funding to entrepreneurs and created jobs and economic growth for our economy.
Chip and his wife, former U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, have three grown children. One daughter is a geologist, their son is in medical school, and their youngest daughter is a banker. The youngest daughter and her husband have given them a grandson, and their oldest daughter and her husband have given them a granddaughter. Chip is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing in his downtime.
- Wake Forest University, J.D., 1977
- Editor-in-Chief, Wake Forest Law Review
- University of North Carolina, B.A., 1970
- BAR ADMISSIONS
- North Carolina
- ACTIVITIES AND RECOGNITIONS
- Past Chair of the International Law & Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
- Recognized as a “2008 Top Lawyer” for Business in the Triad Region by Business Leader magazine
- Leaders in the Law 2013
- The American Lawyer 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Banking & Finance
- North Carolina Super Lawyer 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016
- Best Lawyers in America 2014 & 2015
- Top Lawyers 2015 Charlotte Magazine
- Selected as one of Triad Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Leaders of 2015
- Served as President of the Leadership Greensboro Alumni Association, and received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership in 1991
- Member of the Board of Directors of Greensboro/Guilford County Tourism Development Authority (Convention and Visitors Bureau)
- Received the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award in 1997 from the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce
- Founding director of Leadership North Carolina, and served as its Chairman from 1999 to 2004
- Helped form the Piedmont Angel Network (“PAN”) in 2001 and currently serves as Co-Chair of Funds Two and Three of PAN
- Helped found the Greensboro Community Development Fund, a CDFI fund helping underserved communities
- Currently serves on the Board of Bank of North Carolina
- Previously served on a number of community and college boards, and has served as an Elder in First Presbyterian Church
- Married to Kay R. Hagan, former U.S. Senator for North Carolina