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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:

  • CPAs and tax preparers under scrutiny for tax evasion
  • Bankers facing FDIC and OCC investigations
  • Doctors and nurses with billing, coding and medical necessity issues
  • Executives and managers accused of kickback schemes and wire fraud
  • Real estate agents and developers fighting charges of mortgage fraud and short sale fraud
  • Businesses facing PPP loan fraud charges

Chris Fialko has earned widespread recognition for his work in criminal defense, including:

  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2022 Criminal Defense: General Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Charlotte.
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Criminal Defense: White-Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Charlotte.
  • Named 2021 Top 25 Super Lawyer in Charlotte
  • AV peer rated by the venerable Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named 2016 Charlotte’s Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense

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.