Christina Cress practices primarily in the areas of energy & utilities law, employment law, and administrative law, including occupational and professional licensing matters.
Before joining Commission staff, Christina served as in-house counsel to the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service and, for a time, as its Interim Executive Director. While at the Board, Christina prosecuted alleged violations of the laws and rules enforced by the Board, advised the Board on various regulatory compliance matters, and served as the Board’s Ethics Liaison, Rulemaking Coordinator, Records Custodian, and Legislative Liaison.
Immediately after law school, Christina spent her first two years in practice defending insurance companies and their insured members from a variety of civil liability actions. During this time, Christina single-chaired a three-day jury trial in Wake County Superior Court, seven District Court bench trials, and litigated numerous cases from the pleadings phase through adjudication or settlement.
Originally from a small Florida town, Christina fell in love with North Carolina when she moved in 2010 to attend law school in Chapel Hill. Save from traveling, she hasn’t left the state since. Out of the office, Christina usually is immersed in reading for her book club or playing with her rescue dogs, George and Kramer.
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., 2013
- The University of Florida, M.A. International Business, 2010
- The University of Florida, B.S. Business Management, 2010
- North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Administrative Law Section, 2015-present
- Council Member, 2017-present
- Membership Committee Chair, 2016-2018
- CLE Committee Co-Chair, 2019-present
- Professional Vitality Committee, 2019-present
- Co-Chair of Work/Firm Subcommittee, 2019-present
- Membership Committee, 2019-present
- Young Lawyers Division, 2013-present
- Communications Committee Co-Chair, 2020-present
- Civic Engagement Committee, 2019-present
- Graduate of Leadership Academy, Class of 2019
- Employment Law Section, 2019-present
- Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section, 2019-present
- Wake County Bar Association
- Volunteer Guardian ad Litem for children adjudicated as neglected or abused, NC Judicial District 15B, 2011-2018
Honors and Recognition
- Dale Thomas Winkler and DJ’s Heating Service v. North Carolina State Board of Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinkler Contractors, 374 N.C. 726, 843 S.E.2d 206 (2020).
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- The Failed NYSE Euronext-Deutsche Börse Merger: Foreshadowing Future Consolidation of the Global Stock Exchange Market? 16 N.C. BANKING INST. 375 (2012)
- “One Size Does Not Fit All: Contemplating and Evaluating Flexible Work Arrangements,” NC Bar Association’s Professional Vitality Committee — https://www.ncbar.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/one-size-does-not-fit-all-contemplating-and-evaluating-flexible-work-arrangements-final-1.pdf
- “All Solar Everything” – HB 589 Regulatory and Legislative Update; HB 589 Initiatives and Opportunities, Appalachian Energy Center’s 2019 Appalachian Clean Energy CLE, Appalachian State University, Sep. 2019