Chris Fialko

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 bankers, doctors, executives, managers, lawyers, real estate agents, CFOs, stockbrokers, and other professionals who need help navigating through the uncertain waters of grand jury subpoenas, internal corporate investigations, and licensing board discipline actions.

Chris has earned widespread recognition for his work in criminal defense.  He has been AV rated by the venerable Martindale-Hubbel, named a Super Lawyer for 10 straight years, and named Legal Elite by Business Magazine.

Last year he was named Greater Charlotte’s Best Lawyer in Non-White Collar Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers.

Fialko is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

If you or someone you know needs a calm, experienced, tough, and thorough lawyer, Chris Fialko is your man.


  • UNC Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • Stanford University, B.A. in Economics, 1988


  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court
      • Western District of NC
      • Middle District of NC
      • Eastern District of NC


    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – LIFE MEMBER
    • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Mecklenburg County Bar
    • North Carolina Bar Association


    • North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, 2013 – present.
    • Federal Local Rules Committe, Western District of North Carolina, 2015-16.
    • Board of Governors, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2014 – present