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Christa Sumwalt

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Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Law
  • Workers Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
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Christa Sumwalt has over 125 jury trials under her belt between civil personal injury cases, 10 years of experience as a prosecutor in Mecklenburg County, and many years of criminal defense work. At The Sumwalt Group, Christa handles workers' compensation and civil cases. She is also Of Counsel at Ascension Law, where she runs a criminal defense practice. Between her work as a multifaceted trial lawyer, Christa has finished a Full Ironman competition, 10 Half-Ironman Competition, several marathons and many other half-marathons that, unfortunately, she has lost count of.

Work Experience

  • Attorney


  • South Carolina State College Law School, Orangeburg, South Carolina
    • J.D. - 1998
  • University of South Carolina—Aiken
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Major: Political Science

License & Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1998
  • South Carolina, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1998

Teaching Experience

  • Charlotte School of Law, Adjunct Professor (2011-2016) Charlotte, North Carolina
  • National District Attorneys Association, Faculty by Invitation (2007-2010) Columbia, South Carolina

Work Experience

  • The Sumwalt Group, Lawyer (2020-present) Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Of Counsel, Ascension Law
  • Milazzo Webb Law, Lawyer (2013-2020) Charlotte, North Carolina
  • State of North Carolina, 26th Prosecutorial District, Assistant District Attorney (2000-2010) Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Suggs & Kelly, PA, Lawyer (1998-2000) Law Clerk (1996-1998) Columbia, South Carolina
  • Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, Law Clerk (1996) Charleston, South Carolina

Professional Groups

North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)

  • Member (2010-present)

Domestic Violence Advocacy Council

  • Former member 
  • Past Chair
  • Past Chair, Legal Committee

Charlotte Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

  • Former Planning Committee member

Board of Mecklenburg County Sentencing Services

  • Past member

North Carolina Bar Association