North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Installs Smith Anderson’s Chris Kiger as President


The North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA) has named Smith Anderson attorney Chris Kiger its new president. Chris is the third Smith Anderson attorney to serve as president of the NCADA, following Sammy Thompson (1986-1987) and Chris Smith (2012-2013). Sammy was also a charter member of the NCADA in 1977, along with colleague Jim Blount, Jr.

Chris was installed as president of the NCADA on June 9. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of the NCADA and then president-elect of the group of more than 800 attorneys and paralegals who serve as a voice for defense counsel representing the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation. The NCADA is the resource for educational opportunities, networking, and information sharing for civil defense trial attorneys in the state and is the sole organization in North Carolina exclusively devoted to meeting these needs.

Chris is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who focuses his practice on product liability, environmental and toxic tort and business disputes in matters often involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death or property damage. In more than 19 years of managing and trying cases, Chris has represented businesses in a broad array of areas including automotive, asbestos, consumer, medical device/pharmaceutical, power tools, recreational products, toxic exposure, utilities, environmental contamination and construction. Chris has also tried many cases to jury verdict and has represented companies in North Carolina and around the country in his role as national trial counsel.


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