Christopher C. Loutit

Attorney, mediator, and former Commissioner Christopher Loutit has tried and presided over hundreds of cases throughout Eastern North Carolina and defended appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals for over 18 years. 

Christopher has represented clients at hearings at every level of the North Carolina Industrial Commission.  He has advised small business owners in criminal and civil penalty cases for failure to obtain workers' compensation insurance. Christopher is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Certified Superior Court Mediator.

Prior to founding the firm, Christopher spent over eight years at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the state court system that regulates and decides all workers' compensation disputes in North Carolina.  In 2015, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Christopher as a Commissioner of the Industrial Commission, and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the House and Senate chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly.  He previously served as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Commission from 2014 to 2016 and Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2014.  In addition to authoring 'Opinion and Awards' and Orders, he helped regulate North Carolina's workers' compensation system statewide, assisted in drafting the Workers' Compensation Rules used by attorneys in practice today, and gained institutional knowledge of the system every workers' compensation litigant must navigate.  

From 2021 to 2023 Christopher joined a large southeastern-based workers' compensation defense firm, representing some of the country's largest employers and insurance carriers, as well as municipalities in North Carolina.  Christopher handled routine to catastrophic workers' compensation claims, appearing at mediations and hearings at every level of the Industrial Commission.  During this time, he gained valuable knowledge of how insurance adjusters value claims and how insurance carriers approach each case.

Christopher has presented to fellow attorneys and the public at continuing legal education and workers' compensation seminars before the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

He began his legal career at Johnson Lambeth & Brown in Wilmington, where he clerked as a Summer Associate and later became a Partner.  His practice focused in the areas of criminal law and general civil litigation.  Christopher represented clients in matters ranging from routine traffic violations to murder, and defended appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  From 2006 to 2013, he represented New Hanover County as a Title IV-D Enforcement Attorney.

Christopher grew up in Wilmington and attended Cape Fear Academy.  He graduated from The Lawrenceville School, where he served as student body vice-president and a prefect; received a B.A. in History from Trinity College, where he was elected senior class officer; and earned his law degree from American University.  Christopher began his career on Wall Street as an analyst in the investment banking division of UBS.  He has served as a director and been elected president of corporate, non-profit, and legal-oriented boards in North Carolina.  In his spare time, Christopher enjoys playing USTA league tennis and spending time with his family around the beaches and waters of Wilmington.

Telephone: (919) 355-3000  |  Email: [email protected]

Education

  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • Trinity College, B.A. History
  • The Lawrenceville School / Cape Fear Academy 

Bar Admission

  • North Carolina, 2006

Certifications

  • Certified Superior Court Mediator, North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission

Presentations / Speaking Engagements

  • Practical Tips for Appeals to the Full Commission, North Carolina Bar Association (February 2018)
  • Deputy Commissioner Section Update, North Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Conference (October 2014; October 2015)
  • North Carolina Industrial Commission Update, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (June 2014)
  • Basics of Workers' Compensation, North Carolina Department of Revenue (March 2014)
  • North Carolina Industrial Commission Update, Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc. (January 2014)

Professional Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association (Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Wake County Bar Association
Community Involvement
  • North Carolina Bar Association Workers' Compensation Council
  • North Carolina Child Support Council
  • Kiwanis Clubs of Wilmington and Raleigh