Patterson Harkavy is pleased to announce that Judge Christopher Brook has joined the firm as a partner. He will practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, civil rights, and employment law.
Chris grew up in Raleigh and attended UNC for his undergraduate and law degrees. At Carolina Law, he was managing editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and director of the Pro Bono Program. From 2007 to 2011, Chris served as an adjunct professor at Carolina Law.
Chris first practiced in the Raleigh office of Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog. He then worked as a staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham. From 2012 to 2019, Chris was the legal director of the ACLU-NC. Governor Roy Cooper appointed him to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2019, on which he served through the end of 2020.
Chris has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to the legal profession in the state. He was inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society upon his graduation from Carolina Law and was subsequently honored as the school’s Outstanding Recent Graduate. In 2016, the North Carolina Association of Women attorneys awarded him the Gwyneth B. David Public Service Award. Chris was recognized with the North Carolina Justice Center’s Defender of Justice Litigation Award in 2017. Chris is active in the community in his time away from the firm, currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.