Employment Lawyers serving Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Central & Southside Virginia
Chris taught high school history, math, and science in both public and private schools before attending law school. Chris was twice named Teacher of the Year and won state titles in Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and JV Boys Basketball.
Chris clerked for a state supreme court justice and prosecuted over 1,000 cases in Danville before founding Yugo Collins.
Chris restored an historic house in his hometown built by its founding father. The home now functions as a very successful bed and breakfast. When Chris advises his construction clients, he brings this wealth of experience with him.
- Title VII discrimination
- Wage Theft (Overtime, etc.)
Chris grew up in Jacksonville, NC - home to Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine Corps base on the east coast. His father was a 27-year Naval officer and his grandfather is a 30-year Marine Corps veteran who retired at E9 - the highest enlisted rank possible. Chris taught hundreds of military dependents in his hometown and saw first-hand the effects deployments had on military families. Today, he serves his community by holding employers accountable when they abuse their employees' rights, steal their wages, or retaliate against them for blowing the whistle on fraud or other unlawful conduct.
In 2007, while teaching high school and coaching five varsity level teams, Chris founded a commercial maintenance company that serviced large customers, such as Walmart, Best Buy, Tractor Supply, and others. The next year, he bought the decaying home of Jacksonville's founding father, eventually transforming it into a successful bed and breakfast. In 2013, he left teaching to attend law school, finishing 2nd in his class while juggling his business operations. During law school, he won several awards in moot court and negotiations, placing 2nd at the national ABA Negotiation Tournament and 3rd at the National Moot Court Championship Tournament - the highest his law school has ever placed in either event.
Chris loves litigation, especially jury trials. His teaching and prosecutor experience makes him very comfortable speaking with judges and jurors alike. He hates losing and does everything within the rules of ethics to avoid it. No lawyer can guarantee victory, but you always know you're going to get Chris's best effort, and his track record demonstrates that.
Chris was born in Arlington, went to high school in Charlottesville, undergrad in Lexington, and law school in Lynchburg. He is a die-hard Cavaliers fan, but he has successfully represented many Hokies, as well. Chris takes great pride in being a Virginian and remained loyal to the Cavaliers despite growing up surrounded by UNC and Duke fans.
Chris has authored several articles that have been printed in legal journals. He also authors numerous blog articles.
Chris has won several significant cases resulting in opinions that appear on legal search engines, such as Lexis and Westlaw. Click <HERE> for a list of some of Chris's recent results.