Drawing upon 20+ years of litigation experience, as well as his extensive training as a mediator and collaborative lawyer, Chris Osborn has helped parties reach amicable resolutions in hundreds of disputes involving complex legal issues and difficult interpersonal dynamics. Chris is most frequently sought out for complicated disputes involving real estate and construction contracts, construction defects, commercial contracts, employment discrimination, non-compete agreements, allegations of professional malpractice or breach of fiduciary duties, and contested wills and estates.
Chris was certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator in 2009, and in 2016 he was among the first cohort of North Carolina lawyers to be trained in Collaborative Law Practice for civil disputes. In 2021, he was also certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Family Financial Settlement Mediator.
From 2012-2015, Chris was an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” along with first year classes in Contracts and Civil Procedure. Since 2015, he has owned and operated The Law Offices of D. Christopher Osborn, PLLC, d/b/a Osborn Conflict Resolution. He joined the Charlotte Panel of Miles Mediation and Arbitration in November 2022.
Admitted to Practice
- North Carolina State Bar, 1995
- All North Carolina State District, Superior, and Appellate Courts
- Western District of North Carolina, 1995
- Eastern District of North Carolina, 1995
- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. 1996
- Middle District of North Carolina, 1997
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
Honors/Awards: Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship (full tuition plus stipend)
Activities: Virginia Law Review — Editorial Board (1993-94); Articles Review Board (1994-95); Law Christian Fellowship; Libel Show (writer and performer)
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.A. with highest distinction, 1992
Honors/Awards: James M. Johnston Scholarship (full financial need award); James L. Whitfield Prize for best Undergraduate English Honors Thesis (1992); Phi Beta Kappa, UNC Honors Program, National Merit Scholar, Dean’s List
Activities: Student Attorney General’s Staff; Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity; Intervarsity Christian Fellowship; Dialectic and Philanthropic Literary and Debating Societies; LAB Theatre; Intramural Sports.
Professional or Trade Affiliations
- Mecklenburg County Bar (Grievance Committee, 2013-16; Fee Dispute Committee, 2016-18; Professionalism, LawyerLife, & Culture Comm., 2003-2010)
- North Carolina Bar Association (Professional Vitality Committee, 2021-23; Dispute Resolution Section)
- American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section)
- Global Collaborative Law Council
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association
- North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission
- Charlotte Collaborative Divorce Professionals
- Academy of Professional Family Mediators