J. Christopher Oates - Moore & Van Allen PLLC

J. Christopher Oates

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Chris Oates brings considerable experience to his clients and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate and land use law.  He is a former leader of the firm’s commercial real estate group.  

  • He is routinely involved in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of urban and suburban office complexes, mixed-use developments, hotels, and retail shopping center facilities.
  • He has represented municipal interests and private developers in public/private joint ventures, economic incentive agreements, and other collaborations.
  • He has also been involved with the negotiation of lease agreements, restrictive covenants, and operating and reciprocal easement agreements for developer, lender, and tenant clients.
  • He has assisted developers with zoning issues and obtaining variances before municipal boards.
  • He has written and lectured on commercial real estate leasing issues, especially the negotiation of retail leases.


  • General Counsel to the Charlotte Sports Foundation (Operator of ACC Championship and Belk Bowl Football Games)

  • Past Chairman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2015 Charlotte Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year.

Office Location

100 North Tryon Street, Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Charlotte Metro Area
J. Christopher Oates has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law