Christopher G. Browning, Jr.
Chris Browning served for seven years as the first Solicitor General for the State of North Carolina. He has argued five times before the United States Supreme Court and has had multiple arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is currently a partner at Troutman Sanders in Raleigh, N.C.
As North Carolina’s first Solicitor General, Mr. Browning established the policies and procedures for that office and the process for the Solicitor General’s review and management of all civil appeals involving the state. In addition, he advised the N.C. Attorney General with respect to appellate issues and other policy matters. He worked closely with virtually every Division and Section within the N.C. Department of Justice, as well as numerous general counsel and agency heads within the executive branch of the state government. In recognition of his service as Solicitor General, then-Governor Beverly Perdue awarded him the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Prior to working for the state, Mr. Browning was a partner at a law firm where his practice focused on complex litigation matters.
Mr. Browning is among the first lawyers certified as an appellate practice specialist by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a past-chair of the Appellate Rules Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association and serves on the Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section. He currently serves on the Appellate Practice Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar and also serves as North Carolina’s representative to the Fourth Circuit’s Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures. He is an officer for the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division (Lawyers Conference).
Mr. Browning earned his B.A. and J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill.