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Christopher Bagley

Chris combines the skills he honed as a journalist with his determination, quantitative analysis, and knowledge of the law to fight for the rights of his clients.

“Whistleblowers perform a vital service for all Americans: taxpayers, citizens who are kept safe by a prudently funded military, and all those whose lives benefit from government programs. My firm and I are committed to trying to ensure that they are rewarded for that service.”

Chris Bagley litigates whistleblower cases, consumer protection cases, mass torts, and class actions. He became an attorney, in large part, because he wanted to directly serve clients with tangible and pressing needs.

Leaning towards the law

Before becoming an attorney, Chris spent 12 years in business journalism. As a reporter in 2007, Chris wrote two series of articles on mortgage fraud in Southern California that piqued his interest in law. Investigating the real estate schemes involved digging into court documents, tax records, and a database of local foreclosures. He reported on the fraud’s impact on the surrounding neighborhoods and recognized that the only recourse for many homeowners and renters was through the legal system.

Chris points to a specific dinner conversation back in 2010 that sparked his initial interest in the federal False Claims Act (FCA) – the primary law at issue in whistleblower cases – and in law as a potential career. Chris’s attorney friend was in the midst of defending an FCA case. Chris was fascinated by the high stakes involved for all parties: the government (failure to hold organizations liable can embolden the actions of others); the defendant (liability typically leads to triple damages); and the whistleblower (risking his or her career to pursue righting a wrong). Chris was hooked.

The path to becoming an attorney

Chris’s journey to the legal profession was circuitous. He attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he earned a B.A. in Economics. He then moved to Japan where he taught English for two years and became proficient in Japanese (one of the three foreign languages he speaks). Upon his return to the States, he wrote for several newspapers and then further fine-tuned his craft by earning a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

After 12 years writing and reporting on both coasts, Chris attended the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill and earned a J.D. Combining his writing and legal skills, Chris served as an editor and executive board member of UNC Law’s North Carolina Journal of International Law and received the Seymour Wurfel Award for outstanding contributions to the journal. He joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2017 and has performed extensive research on the federal and North Carolina False Claims Act.

An activated attorney

Chris is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for both the Middle District and Eastern District of North Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From 2020-2024, Best Lawyers in America recognized him on its “Ones to Watch”5 list for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, and Super Lawyers has listed him as a “Rising Star”5 in 2021 and 2022.

A committed advocate for others, Chris contributes his time and talents to several community organizations.

Riding for a reason

Chris is an avid cyclist who leads rides for a Research Triangle-based cycling club that raises money to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is also a board member of Triangle Bikeworks, a local nonprofit group that organizes week-long bicycle tours of historic regions with young adults from underserved communities. At home, Chris is an amateur chef and a proud uncle to three nieces and a nephew.

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Licensed In

North Carolina


University of North Carolina School of Law

Chapel Hill, NC
2016 J.D.

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Berkeley, CA
2004 M.J.

Davidson College

Davidson, NC
1998 B.A. in Economics

Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth District


North Carolina Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, Board Member

National Association of Consumer Advocates

Consumer/Commercial Rights Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Public Justice Foundation


Served as co-counsel and helped obtain $1.2 million in gross relief for a class of plaintiffs alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by a debt collector1

Recognized on “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch”5 list for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs by Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2022

Recognized on North Carolina “Rising Star”5 list by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2021-2022

Received North Carolina Journal of International Law’s Seymour Wurfel Award, which honors one Executive Board Member for outstanding contributions to the journal

International Association of Privacy Professionals, Certified Information Privacy Professional (U.S.)

Won regional journalism society’s “Best Business Story” in 2007 for uncovering $40 million real estate fraud in Riverside County, CA

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Innovating Across Borders: Why Entrepreneur Visas Require Transnational Coordination, 41 N.C. J. INT’L L. 919 (2016)

Triangle Business Journal, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina: legal/business writer covering litigation, compliance, and the legal services industry

International Center for Journalists, Vienna, Austria: Reported for Format, a German-language business magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other U.S. publications as an Exchange Fellow

North County Times and several other newspapers in California, New Hampshire, and North Carolina: Reported on industries including energy and manufacturing

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Whistleblower Attorneys

If you’re wondering if it’s a good idea to speak with a whistleblower lawyer about what you know, let us set the record straight.

  • Corporate ethics hotlines can be risky and may lead to termination. If you’ve already done this, call us immediately.
  • Your coworkers could be aware of the fraud – or complicit in it – and you should not talk to them about it.
  • The first claim to be filed under the False Claims Act can proceed – if you’re not first, you’re at a serious disadvantage and may get nothing (another reason not to speak to your coworkers about it).
  • A confidential discussion costs you a few minutes, but could save you time, stress, and money.


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