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Chris Hinnant

Chris Hinnant

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When Barnwell Whaley decided to open an office in North Carolina, the first order of business was to find a lawyer to spearhead the new operation. The desired leader would be someone with a broad range of experience in a number of practice areas; a proven track record of success both in and out of the courtroom; and, preferably, admitted to practice in both North and South Carolina. Most importantly, though, this leader would be willing and eager to accept the challenge of opening a new office in a new state while continuing the Barnwell Whaley tradition of providing excellent legal services to its clients. Chris Hinnant fit the bill, and then some.

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Chris Hinnant has spent the better part of two decades handling a broad array of civil litigation. Licensed in both North and South Carolina, Chris has handled hundreds of cases in both state and federal courts, from medical malpractice to construction defects, premises liability to dram shop claims, commercial disputes to personal injury. Even before becoming licensed in South Carolina, Chris had tried cases to jury verdict in both North Carolina and Virginia.

In the medical malpractice arena, Chris has defended heart surgeons, obstetricians, emergency medicine doctors, orthopedists, surgeons, pharmacists, nurses and hospitals, and occasionally represents the patient as well.

As a commercial litigator, Chris has handled many types of cases involving corporations and businesses, from minor contract disputes to one of the largest real estate fraud cases in North Carolina history (his banking client was dismissed on a 12(b)(6) motion). Chris helped one UK-based client decipher an embezzlement scheme, ultimately bringing fraud and civil RICO claims against the former employee for almost a million dollars in misappropriated funds.  Best Lawyers recognizes Chris for this work in personal injury litigation – defense.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Chris earned his juris doctor at the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law. While in law school, Chris was a member of Campbell’s prestigious competition trial teams and competed against other schools in competitions sponsored by various trial advocacy groups. He earned several book awards for top academic performance in his class, and upon graduation was selected for membership in the Order of Barristers.

When not in the office, Chris divides his personal time between his family and his passion for the outdoors. During the summer months you may find him with his wife and two children on some type of boat or board, enjoying the coastal waters of the Carolinas. During the fall and winter, Chris enjoys hiking the North Carolina mountains, hunting throughout the Carolinas and Georgia and cheering on the Tar Heels with his family.



Chris Hinnant
Practice areas

Business Law
Civil litigation
Commercial transactions
Condo, property, and HOA law
Commercial litigation
Construction litigation
Legal malpractice defense
Liquor liability and DRAM shop
Medical malpractice defense
Insurance coverage
Personal injury defense
Premises liability defense
Products liability
Restaurant and hospitality law
Trucking and transportation

Professional memberships

National Order of Barristers
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association
Defense Research Institute
New Hanover County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association


Bachelor of Arts
University of North Carolina
Juris Doctorate
Campbell University
Norman Adrian Wiggins
School of Law

Court admissions

All North Carolina courts
All South Carolina courts
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
Eastern and Middle District Federal Court of North Carolina

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