Senior Lecturing Fellow
Chris Browning is a partner at Williams Mullen in Raleigh, where he leads the firm’s appellate team and focuses his practice on appellate practice, complex commercial litigation, business torts, and governmental relations.
In 2005, Browning was appointed as North Carolina’s first solicitor general, a position he held for seven years. In this capacity, he argued four times before the United States Supreme Court and multiple times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He established the policies and procedures for the Office of Solicitor General and the process for that office’s review and management of all civil appeals involving the state. Additionally, he advised the North Carolina attorney general with respect to appellate issues and other policy matters and worked closely with divisions and sections within the N.C. Department of Justice and general counsel and agency heads throughout the executive branch of the state government.
In 2011Gov. Bev Perdue awarded Browning the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.
Prior to his service as solicitor general, Browning was a partner at Hunton & Williams where his practice focused on complex litigation matters. While there, he was part of a trial team handling a proceeding before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Licensed to practice in North Carolina and Georgia, Browning is among the first attorneys certified as a specialist in appellate law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He clerked for the Judge James C. Hill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is the past-chair of the Appellate Rules Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves on the Appellate Practice Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar and as North Carolina's representative to the Fourth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures. He is a frequent speaker before bar associations and other organizations on issues relating to appellate practice, complex litigation and original actions before the United States Supreme Court.
Browning earned his BA in political science from the University of North Carolina and his JD, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While in law school Browning was research editor for the North Carolina Law Review.