Christopher Shumate

I am from Gastonia, North Carolina.  After high school, my family moved to Rock Hill, South Carolina.  I began college at York Technical College.  I later transferred as a junior to The University of South Carolina where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management.  I worked a variety of jobs throughout my high school and college years.  I spent time in several manufacturing facilities, sold sports equipment, worked for a commercial lawn maintenance company, etc.  I worked to offset the cost of my education.  However, I gained a lot of practical experience many other lawyers simply do not have.  

I often see other attorneys who were fortunate enough that they never had to work while attending school.  Many lawyers' first real job is the one they get after law school.  The down side of this is it commonly leads to a lack of perspective and an inability to really deal with people on a personal level.  It's simply a lack of life experience.  I enjoyed working with people from different backgrounds in different situations.  I learned how different people approach their every day lives.  Those experiences have helped me so many times to identify with clients, understand something in court, develop a better strategy, etc.  So much of my job is about how you and I can connect to work as a team.  It helps to see things in a similar way.    

I also went to law school at The University of South Carolina.  I tried to get as much practical experience as possible.  I worked for firms that provided a chance to really learn something I might someday use to help a client.  After graduating, I passed both the North Carolina and South Carolina state bar exams so I could represent individuals throughout the Carolinas.  That process is very long and difficult.  However, I did not want to face limitations when working for a client.  

I started my career at one of Charlotte's largest defense firms.  I spent several years really learning the specifics of workers' compensation law.  Just as important, I learned how insurance companies operate.  I saw how adjusters evaluate claims; why they accept or deny claims; how they evaluate claims; what their decisions are based on, etc.  I paid careful attention, as I knew I wanted to eventually represent individuals like you.  The information I learned during these years is priceless for my clients.  I use this knowledge in every single personal injury claim I handle.  

I later moved to a small general practice firm also located in Charlotte.  I began to represent injured people just like you in personal injury and workers' compensation cases.  I helped clients injured in car wrecks, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, boat accidents, etc.  I helped people hurt in every possible way at work.  I think I've helped someone who has injured practically every body part.  I also had the chance to work on other types of civil cases where I learned various things I still use in my firm today.  

My last job was working for a large firm that advertises on TV a lot.  That experience made a big impression on me.  I realized the clients almost never spoke with their lawyer.  I would often meet my client for the first time near the end of his / her case (how crazy is that?).  The large majority of the work on every clients' case was done by hourly employees with little or no legal training.  Employee moral and turnover was incredibly high, so new people were constantly working on my clients' files.  A large portion of my clients were frustrated, unhappy, or worse when I arrived.  It was painfully clear: a bunch of TV ads get people to sign up, but it does not lead to happy clients.  The answer was obvious to me.  

So, we parted ways and I started The Shumate Law Offices with a simple goal: efficiently provide you the best legal service I possibly can, while providing you great customer service.  I don't make this harder than it needs to be. 

  1. I really care about your case.
  2. I work really hard.
  3. I use my resources / technology for your benefit. 

I've failed in the past to make this very clear to potential clients, because it's so engrained in my approach.  It's just obvious.  However, I realized one day that so many people do not feel this way about their lawyer.  They don't feel like he / she really cares.  They wonder whether their lawyer really gave 100%, or maybe a little less.  Have you found yourself in this uncomfortable position before?  Are you concerned about it now?  

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your situation, please contact my office

Education

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

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Recommendations

  • Loyal Customer

    Our family has utilized The Shumate Law Offices several times. Mr. Shumate and his staff are always pleasant to deal with. Mr. Shumate does a good job communicating with his clients throughout your case. I will continue to recommend friends to the firm.
  • Satisfied Auto Accident Client

    I had an automobile accident and Mr Chris Shumate represented me and did an excellent job. I will recommend him to family and friends for any legal matters. He has a great relationship with his clients and keeps you informed. Thanks again Mr Shumate.
  • Traffic Court

    Chris Shumate is an excellent attorney who is very knowledge about the criminal justice system and very informative throughout the process. He represents his clients passionately and will absolutely work toward the best possible outcome for your case. I recommend him for traffic matters and any...
  • Gets the job done

    Chis is very easy to deal with and shows the utmost professionalism. He resolved my case quickly.
  • Effective Workers' Compensation Representation

    Mr. Shumate helped to get me good medical treatment, and he took the time to answer any questions or solve any problems quickly.
  • Shumate Law Office

    Thank you so much. You were a pleasure to work with and did a great job of representing me. We got very good results solving my problem. Thank you so much and I would recommend your firm .
  • Utmost Professional

    Chris keeps the process simple and to the point...the way I like it. No fluff...no blessing my heart...just strictly business. He works miracles. He had one of my speeding tickets dismissed and one reduced to defective equipment.
  • A Happy Client

    Mr. Shumate obtained the best possible outcome for my case. He avoided any insurance increase with the resolution of my case. Mr. Shumate did everything he promised and more. I am a very happy client. The firm's staff is professional and knowledgeable. The staff is positive, and they hav...
  • Good Experience

    I had a good experience with Mr. Shumate. He represented me for a reckless driving charge. He didn't give me false hope pretending to be a savior, but he was encouraging about my case and was realistic about the situation and possible outcome. He even pulled up info about my charge that I couldn'...
  • Insurance Protection

    Mr. Shumate resolved my traffic matter without any effect on my insurance.
  • A Hard-Working Attorney

    Chris worked very hard on my case and worked a lot of hours to achieve the result we obtained. Anytime I had a problem or a question, he would respond promptly. Chris addresses issues very well and explains them so that you understand what is going on. I never had to use a law office before, but ...
  • Worker's Compensation Results

    Mr. Shumate is very knowledgeable in his area of expertise. I felt comfortable from the beginning that he would handle my case with success. He did, in fact, work diligently to settle my case in a timely manner. I highly recommend Mr. Shumate.
  • Satisfied

    I was very satisfied with the way Mr. Shumate handled my case.
  • Helpful DWI Representation

    Mr. Shumate successfully defended my DWI and unsafe movement charges. I feel very lucky Mr. Shumate represented me. Mr. Shumate was very, very helpful. He responded to all my calls or emails immediately and took care of my questions. Mr. Shumate was always cheerful and polite.
  • Satisfied

    I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case. My case could not have proceeded any better. I would definitely refer anyone I know to The Shumate Law Offices.
  • Professional

    Mr. Shumate addressed our case in a very professional manner, and the firm kept us very informed throughout the process.
  • Informative

    Mr. Shumate kept me very informed regarding the status of my case and got things done.
  • You're In Good Hands

    Chris Shumate took care of two traffic cases for me and he exceeded my expectations. He goes above and beyond for his clients and got a better judgement for me than I could have imagined. He answered the phone every time I called and always took time to explain things in detail. You will not find...
  • Traffic Representation

    My experience with Shumate Law Firm was very positive. My issue was handled professionally and I was kept informed throughout the process. I highly recommend Shumate Law Firm.
  • LRA Recommends Christopher Shumate

    Chris assisted me with a speeding ticket. All transactions were completed without me having to take any time off work. This was a huge benefit. I also contacted Chris at the last minute but it was not a problem at all. After the case was resolved he contacted me on how to make my payments and mai...
  • Informative

    Mr. Shumate carefully pointed out options during our initial consultation that other lawyers failed to address. One of these options saved me money, which is very important as a single parent.
  • Auto Accident / Personal Injury: The best of the best!

    I got into a car accident and had no clue what to do. Chris immediately stepped in to make sure I was treated fairly on all aspects. He is very friendly, prompt, and professional. He is very knowledgeable and provides wonderful insight. Chris is a people person and is very accessible. I strongly ...
  • To The Point

    My experience with Christopher Shumate was my first with a lawyer other than real estate, all I can really say is he is professional, understanding, reachable, and to the point. Everytime we spoke I communicated my concerns and he answered almost immediately in every instance. I have nothing but ...
  • I Was Important

    Mr. Shumate and the firm's staff always returned my calls the same day.
  • Speeding Ticket Resolved

    Christopher was recommended to me after I received a speeding ticket where I was confident that I was within the limit. He was very knowledgeable and informative about my options. After making my decision, he took over giving me the best possible outcome. Thank you, Christopher.
  • Thank You Christopher Shumate

    Mr. Shumate was absolutely helpful and professional. I was potentially facing a hefty fine and major points on my licence. Thanks to Mr. Shumate, no points against me and the fee was very minimal. I would definitely recommend Mr. Shumate to any of my friends and family and to anyone who needs a l...
  • Effective Problem Solving

    Mr. Shumate is a good listener and has a hands on approach to his clients' problems.
  • Attention To Detail Yields Results

    Mr. Shumate makes sure that everything is explained before he does it. Chris is always there to answer all of your questions. If he doesn't know the answer he will find out for you.
  • Simple Process

    The process was easy, the firm's staff was great, and the outcome of my case was positive.
  • A Good Attorney

    Mr. Shumate has a high level of professionalism. I recommend him without any reservation.
  • A Helpful Workers' Compensation Attorney

    Mr. Shumate provided an honest and accurate assessment of my case at our initial consultation. The eventual result was very consistent with Mr. Shumate's assessment, and also much more than I ever expected. The legal opinions provided were always very down to earth and understandable. All our ...
  • Workers' Compensation Recommendation

    I would like to highly recommend Christopher Shumate. I was very pleased with the service received.
  • Mr. Shumate Understood

    I had a chance to tell my story about what happened and ask all kinds of questions. I got answers for every one. Mr. Shumate was very understanding and willing to help.
  • A Lawyer For My Friends

    If a friend needs a lawyer, I will recommend Mr. Shumate. He simply gets the job done.
  • Great Staff

    The staff was very honest and direct by explaining all circumstances and possible outcomes of my case.
  • Knowledgeable And Effective Representation

    Mr. Shumate is knowledgeable about the laws, and the firm respects its clients. The staff is respectful and knowledgeable.