Kris Finlon

Senior Counsel

Kris brings 15 years of experience litigating employment law claims on both the plaintiff and defense side to Gardner Skelton’s corporate employment law practice. Kris works with Gardner Skelton’s business and executive clients to do her best to keep them out of the courtroom. She provides support for our clients’ HR teams by helping them analyze and address situations that arise in the workplace, as well as assisting to craft policies, procedures and agreements and understand ever-changing rules and regulations nationwide. Kris draws on her experience in employment litigation to help clients evaluate their legal obligations and risks. Kris also maintains a robust regulatory practice representing clients in front of the EEOC, state deferral agencies and the US and NC DOL.

kris' Practice Areas

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • Duke University, B.A., 1997
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 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
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
Awards and More
North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2014 – 2015
North Carolina Super Lawyers: 2019 – present


Kris guides clients through thorny legal questions, regulatory complaints, and complex issues of operationalizing rules with a great sense of humor and utterly unflappable demeanor.

More about KRIS

Kris is a fan of both environmental stewardship and exercise, so she bikes to work when she can. A former roller derby player, she was a part of the Charlotte Roller Derby Association for nearly a decade. Kris also enjoys reading and writing fiction, creating art, gardening, hiking, and learning how to DIY various home projects. She enjoys spending time with her three fur babies: Stella, Biscuit, and the Baron von Figglesworth (and, her human family, too, of course).

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