“Clients often have enormous, life-altering burdens that can be remedied only through the law. I enjoy trying to find a creative solution using underutilized statutes and judicial doctrines to try to get my clients what they need to get back on their feet.”
- Christopher Bagley
Attorney Christopher Bagley
Chris Bagley joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2017 and focuses on consumer protection and personal injury cases. He became an attorney, in large part, because he wanted to directly serve clients with tangible and pressing needs.
For example, Chris helped establish that a trucking accident victim was in a common-law marriage, helping to clear the way for a $1.26 million recovery for his widow and their children.1
He also represented more than 150 plaintiffs in litigation against a for-profit law school and its corporate owners. Chris and a team of attorneys from JSF, along with an allied firm, obtained court approval for and supervised distribution of a $1,200,000 class settlement for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by a debt collector.1
He represents more than 140 military veterans in multidistrict litigation in federal court against a manufacturer of earplugs. The litigation alleges that the manufacturer concealed flaws in the earplugs’ design, leading to tinnitus and hearing loss.
Before joining the firm, Chris had a twelve-year career in business journalism and public relations, including two years as a legal affairs reporter in North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.
Chris earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College in Davidson, NC.
As an editor and executive board member of UNC Law’s North Carolina Journal of International Law, Chris received the Seymour Wurfel Award, which honors one executive board member for outstanding contributions to the journal. He was also a member of the Holderness Moot Court organization’s client counseling team and judges’ chair for Holderness’s J. Braxton Craven moot court competition.
Chris is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for both the Middle District and Eastern District of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Chris is a board member of the North Carolina Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. He is a member of the Public Justice Foundation, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the Consumer/Commercial Rights Section of North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Chris is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (US) through the International Association for Privacy Professionals, a resource on privacy law and best practices for attorneys and professionals in medicine, human resources, and other fields.
Chris is an avid cyclist who leads rides for a Research Triangle-based cycling club that raises money to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is a board member of Triangle Bikeworks, a local nonprofit group that organizes week-long bicycle tours of historic regions with young adults from underserved communities. He is also an amateur chef and a proud uncle to three nieces and a nephew. A native English speaker, Chris is fluent in German and proficient in Japanese and French.
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