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Kris Gardner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Administrative Law Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Email: Kris Gardner
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2016
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Administrative Law, General Litigation, State, Local & Municipal
Attorney Profile

Kris Gardner's practice focuses primarily in local government law, litigation and beverage alcohol control law. He serves as general counsel to the North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, the North Carolina Nurses Association, and the Triangle J Council of Governments.  He is also the town attorney for Enfield and Littleton, both in Halifax County. Kris represents creditors in debt collection matters, assists small business owners, and represents professionals before licensing boards such as the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners and the North Carolina Medical Board.  Kris is also certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator in Superior Court matters.


A native of Charlotte, Kris graduated cum laude from the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he was a senior editor of the law journal. He attended North Carolina State University before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.


Kris is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and N.C. Professional Lobbyists Association. Kris served as an at-large member on the Morrisville town council from 2014-2015. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Morrisville Community Fund.


Kris was recognized as a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2011-2016.  His hobbies include hunting and saltwater fishing.

About Kris Gardner

First Admitted: 2002, North Carolina

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • NCBA Law-Related Education Advisory Committee
  • Moot Court Competition Judge
  • WCBA Lunch With a Lawyer Program

Bar/Professional Activity

  • NCBA Lawyer Referral Service Committee, Member
  • Morrisville Planning & Zoning Board, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member

Representative Clients

  • North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, Town of Enfield, Adams Products Company


  • NCBA Apple Gavel Award
  • In the areas of Alcoholic Beverage Law, Litigation and Local Government, AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell


  • $1.6 million arbitration award - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education v. R.L. Casey

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Superior Court Mediator, NC Dispute Resolution Commission, 2009
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Office Location for Kris Gardner

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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