Professional Experience

Christie is an attorney who has refocused her career exclusively on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). In addition to being a mediator, she is a collaborative family lawyer and an arbitrator. Christie has trained individuals to become DRC certified Superior Court mediators for Carolina Dispute Settlement Services (“CDSS”). She has also trained state employees for the Office of State Human Resources in a 40-hour employment mediation course.

Christie brings extensive civil litigation experience to her ADR practice. From 1995 to 2006, she was in private practice, where she handled a wide variety of civil cases. Christie also has nonprofit experience from her service as General Counsel and HUD Director of a mental health organization. In that capacity, she had the opportunity to represent her organization in litigation, negotiate commercial lease agreements, and work with State and Federal Agencies in ensuring regulatory compliance. Practice areas included:

  • Bad Faith/Extra-Contractual Claims
  • Certificate of Need (“CON”) Litigation
  • Civil Penalties before the Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Condemnation Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Contract Negotiation and Interpretation
  • EEOC Charges of Discrimination
  • Employment Law Issues
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • NC Department of Labor Complaints
  • Personal Injury
  • Railroad Disputes
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination


JD, 1995, University of Tennessee College of Law
Tennessee Law Review, Staff Writer

BA with distinction, 1992, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phi Beta Kappa

NC School of Science and Mathematics, 1988

Memberships and Affiliations

Superior Court Mediator, Certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission
Former District Court Mediator, Certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission
District Court Arbitrator, Wake County
Certified Mediator for the United States District Court
-Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of NC
Mediator, Office of State Human Resources

Member, North Carolina State Bar
Member, Florida State Bar (Inactive Status)

Member, NC Bar Association
-Member, Dispute Resolution Section and former Council Member
-Member, Women in the Profession Committee
Vice-Chair, 2020-2021
Member, Tenth Judicial District
-Former Vice-Chair, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
Member, Wake County Bar Association

Christie Foppiano

Foppiano Mediations

Christie M. Foppiano
Attorney and DRC Certified
Superior Court Mediator

Phone: 919.632.1715
Fax: 919.439.6429

[email protected]

PO Box 4661, Cary, NC 27519-4661