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Christopher C. Fialko

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Charlotte, NC

Fialko Law PLLC
529 W Summit Ave, Suite 1B
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-458-5415
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense
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Christopher C. Fialko is the founder of Fialko Law, PLLC, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fialko devotes his practice to criminal defense law in both state and federal courts and is experienced in high-end criminal cases ranging from white collar federal cases to blue collar state and federal cases involving assault, drug trafficking, embezzlement, murder, robbery, sex crimes and other felonies and misdemeanors.

Fialko represents many clients who are professionals, including attorneys, bankers, doctors, real estate agents and other business people who are under investigation or facing state or federal criminal charges in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. He is admitted to practice in all North Carolina state courts and before the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern federal districts of North Carolina.

Fialko has earned awards and recognition by various entities in the legal profession. He is AV Preeminent* rated by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell and is listed among the “legal elite” by Business North Carolina magazine.

From 2011 - 2020, Fialko helped improve the justice system as an appointed member of the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.  He served on the Board of Governors of North Carolina Advocates for Justice for nine years. He belongs to professional organizations including the Mecklenburg County Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association,  and is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Fialko earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and attained his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. He is board-certified in federal and state criminal defense by the North Carolina Bar Association and has been licensed to practice law since 1992.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 30%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Criminal Domestic Violence


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Certificates and Credentials

About Christopher C. Fialko

First Admitted: 1992, North Carolina

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  • AV rated by the venerable Martindale-Hubbell
  • , Named Charlotte's White Collar Lawyer of Year by Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Legal Elite by Business Magazine
  • Greater Charlotte’s 2016 Best Lawyer in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers, Named Charlotte's Best Lawyer in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Super Lawyer

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • North Carolina Sentencing & Policy Advisory Commission, 2011-2020, 2020
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Board of Governors, 2006-2012, 2015-2018
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • United States District Court, Middle District of NC
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of NC
  • United States District Court, Western District of NC

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Graduate of Stanford University, B.A. in Economics, 1988

Educational Background

  • Stanford University, B.A. in Economics, 1988

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Specialist in Federal and State Criminal Law 2002-2022, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Fialko wrote an Amicus Brief in the 4th Circuit landmark case of United States v. Simmons.  The en banc circuit rules that under North Carolina's Structured Sentencing, many felonies do not count when calculating a defendant's federal criminal history, because they were not punishable for more than a year. , Amicus attorney, Amicus Brief in United States v. Simmons, N.C. Advocates For Justice, 2011

Industry Groups

  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • NC Sentencing And Policy Advisory Board
  • North Carolina Advocates For Justice


  • “One of the best white collar defense lawyers in Charlotte. Top legal mind, with compassion and dedication for his clients.”
  • “Chris is the most intellectually gifted and thoughtful lawyer practicing white collar defense in Charlotte right now.”
  • “Without a doubt, who I would refer a friend or family member to.”
  • “Smart and old school (in the very best sense of the word). My go-to lawyer for all criminal defense issues.”
  • “Top-notch attorney and person.”
  • “Chris is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Charlotte, especially in the area of white collar litigation. He always puts his clients first, and is respected by the defense bar and prosecutors alike.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Christopher C. Fialko

529 W Summit Ave
Suite 1B
Charlotte, NC 28203

Phone: 704-458-5415

Last Updated: 8/5/2022

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