Chip joined Bell, Davis & Pitt in 2006, following his 23-year-litigation career as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Wachovia Corporation, formerly First Union Corporation. Chip’s experience includes major litigation at all levels of federal and state courts across the country, as well as advising senior executives on litigation, regulatory, merger, and insurance issues.
Since 1988, Chip has served on the board of trustees of Charlotte-based McLeod Addictive Disease Center, the largest non-profit provider of comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment services in North Carolina. He also served for a number of years on the board of the Davidson Housing Coalition.
A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Chip received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa. He resides in Davidson, North Carolina, and practices in the firm’s Charlotte office.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1973), Morehead Scholar
Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976), Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review (1975-1976), Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa
Bar & Court Admittance
1976, North Carolina
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
Professional & Community Activities
Board of Trustees, McLeod Addictive Disease Center
North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections)
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
Author and Lecturer
AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Reining in Excessive Punitive Damages, U.S. Chamber, Washington, D.C. (2004)
Punitive Damages, American Corporate Counsel Association, Washington, D.C. (2002)
Chairman and board member, McLeod Addictive Disease Center
Board member, Davidson Housing Coalition