Chris Fialko is comfortable both fighting for clients in “blue collar” cases, and guiding clients through “white collar” investigations. Since 2002, he has been Board Certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Specialist in both State and Federal Criminal Defense.
Fialko began his practice in the 1990s in Charlotte and Western North Carolina, representing people accused in State and Federal courts of everything from assault on a female to robbery, from embezzlement to drug trafficking, from burglary to murder.
In the 2000s, Fialko slowly shifted much of his practice to “white collar” cases, concentrating on advising and representing businessmen and professionals who face federal criminal, regulatory, or licensing investigations. Recently, he has represented clients such as:
Chris Fialko has earned widespread recognition for his work in criminal defense, including:
Chris has lived and practiced in Charlotte since 1992 and is married with two children. He is a big soccer and baseball fan, and replenishes his soul regularly by seeing live music all over town. As a Connecticut Yankee in North Carolina courts, he is still searching for a good slice of thin crust pizza.
If you or someone you know needs a calm, experienced, tough, and thorough lawyer, Chris Fialko is your man.
Chris Fialko specializes in defending individual clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions involving diverse subjects such as healthcare fraud, government contracting and military procurement fraud, tax evasion, FDA drug misbranding, and old-fashioned marijuana drug conspiracy with money laundering. Fialko is equally comfortable in state and federal court, having conducted many jury trials in both venues.
In defending clients, Fialko believes a thorough defense investigation — not relying solely on the discovery evidence the government turns over — is key to achieving the best result for each client. He also takes fewer cases, in order to spend more time on each one, finding and interviewing witnesses, subpoenaing documents, and hiring experts to review technical issues. Fialko can counsel a client when to fight, and when to negotiate a plea agreement.