Practice Areas

  • Education Law
  • Special Education
  • Employment Law
  • General Litigation
  • Construction Law


  • B.A., with honors, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1992
  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1996

Court / Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Western District U.S. Federal Court
  • Middle District U.S. Federal Court
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All North Carolina Courts

Christopher Z. Campbell

Chris co-founded the law firm of Campbell Shatley in 2009. Chris's practice includes a focus on education and legal training for Boards and Administrators. In addition to full-time representation of public clients, his practice includes complex personnel investigations, construction litigation, and school funding issues.

Chris is married to Katie and has a daughter, Vivian, and a son, Ben. He enjoys outdoor activities in Western North Carolina and playing with his family.


  • "Excessive Means: Applying the Eighth Amendment to Civil in REM Forfeitures under United States v. Chandler," 73 NCLR 2284, 1995
  • "The Effective Use of School Resource Officers: The Constitutionality of School Searches and Interrogations" (School Law Bulletin, UNC-CH School of Government, Winter 2003)
  • "McCormick v. Hanson, the Common Law is Not Enough" (Education Section Newsletter, North Carolina Bar Association, 2005)


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Representative Clients

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Professional Associations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section (Chairman 2005-06)
  • North Carolina Council of School Attorneys (Chairman 2006-07)
  • North Carolina and National School Board Association
  • North Carolina Association of Community College Attorneys (President, 2010 – 2012)

Civic Associations

  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel – Children First of Buncombe County


Education and Government

Employment Law