Attorney Christopher Bagley

Helping to Lift Life’s Burdens

Chris Bagley joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2017 handling consumer law and personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm, he 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, N.C.

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 became an attorney in large part because he wanted to directly serve clients with tangible and pressing needs.

“Clients often have enormous, life-altering burdens that can be remedied only through the law. I want to help lift those burdens.”

While English is his native language, he also speaks fluent German and is proficient in Japanese and French.

He is a member of the Public Justice Foundation and the North Carolina State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for both the Middle District and Eastern Districts of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.) 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.

Practice Areas:

Consumer Law
Personal Injury

Law School:

University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2016 J.D.


University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Berkeley, California
2004 M.J.

Davidson College
Davidson, North Carolina
1998 B.A. in Economics


  • Public Justice Foundation
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Won regional journalism society’s “Best Business Story” in 2007 for uncovering $40 million real estate fraud in Riverside County, California
  • Holderness Moot Court, client counseling team, judges’ chair for Craven Moot Court Competition
  • North Carolina Journal of International Law, received Seymour Wurfel Award, which honors one Executive Board member for outstanding contributions to the journal
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.)


  • Innovating Across Borders: Why Entrepreneur Visas Require Transnational Coordination, 41 N.C. J. INT’L L. 919 (2016)
  • Triangle Business Journal. Legal/business writer covering litigation, compliance, and the legal-services industry
  • International Center for Journalists, Vienna, Austria. As an Exchange Fellow, reported for Format, a German-language business magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and other U.S. publications
  • North County Times and several other newspapers in California, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. Reported on industries including energy and manufacturing