Before forming HSLC with his partners, Chad helped clients with a variety of civil disputes and corporate transactions at Vann & Sheridan, LLP. During his six years at the firm, Chad interacted with numerous North Carolina businesses including construction suppliers, software designers, and medical service providers. Prior to private practice, Chad worked in Washington, DC, as part of a Tax Law Fellowship with the Internal Revenue Service.
Chad holds roots in Knoxville, Tennessee, earning two degrees from the University of Tennessee. While obtaining his law degree, he received numerous academic recognitions and earned a Best Oralist Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He clerked for several civil law firms during law school and participated in environmental litigation one summer in Juneau, Alaska. Chad also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Chad is active in the community, volunteering on numerous boards and committees. He recently served as the Board President of International Focus, Inc., the non-profit that hosts the annual International Festival of Raleigh. Chad is also an active volunteer with the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Chad is married to Raleigh native Lauren Marchman Cochran. Together, they have visited several continents and embarked on many adventures including thru-hikes of the entire Appalachian Trail (Georgia to Maine) and Pacific Crest Trail (Mexico to Canada). Chad and Lauren are the proud parents of a beautiful daughter, Annabel Scout. In his free time, Chad enjoys reading, bluegrass guitar and Tennessee football.
University of Tennessee College of Law, Juris Doctor – 2006, Concentration in Business Transactions
University of Tennessee, Bachelor of Science – 2002, Computer Science
United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
President and Board of Directors, International Focus, Inc. / International Festival of Raleigh
Community Gardening Task Force, City of Raleigh
YMCA of the Triangle, Youth & Government
Technology Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
Member of the Construction Law Section (former Annual Meeting and CLE Chair), Business Law Section, and Real Property Section, North Carolina Bar Association
American Bar Association, Member
Wake County Bar Association, Member and Lunch with a Lawyer Program
Ethics, Professionalism, and the Post-Judgment Litigation Process, CLE Presentation at the North Carolina Bar Association.
National Association of Credit Managers, Fraudulent Transfers and Promissory Notes Presentations
Emerging Legal Leader, Lawyers Weekly
Leadership Raleigh Graduate and Alumni Board, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Super Lawyers, Selection as a Rising Star, 2014 and 2015.