President's Message

I am humbled to serve as 2021-2022 President of the ALA Charlotte Chapter. Our chapter is comprised of professionals across our region that are the best in the legal industry, and I am honored to be trusted by our members to serve in this role. ALA has personally impacted my career in the most positive way, and I can’t imagine doing my job without the relationships I’ve built or the education received through my membership with ALA.

I started my journey with ALA as part of the New York City Chapter where, like many new members, I observed more than actively participated. It was when I moved to Charlotte and joined this chapter that I truly embraced all that ALA offers. My engagement with the chapter provides benefits far exceeding what I envisioned. I’ve learned a great deal, gained valuable insight into our local legal landscape, built a strong network, and made wonderful friends along the way. I’d like to encourage all members to actively participate in chapter activities and fully realize all the benefits that membership offers.

This past year has been challenging for all of us. We had to pivot unexpectantly to adapt to a brand-new environment during a global pandemic. As our firms adjusted, we were called upon to make unprecedented decisions and found success in the unknown. As an end to this crisis is finally in view, our chapter will be here to support you and provide education as we navigate the inevitable change on the horizon. I also look forward to connecting with you all (hopefully) in person later this year.

I’d like to give a special thanks to our business partners, who have stayed loyal to our chapter during a year when in-person networking wasn’t an option. We are grateful for your support and look forward to connecting in-person and supporting your business goals.

I hope everyone will join us in the upcoming year and take full advantage of what our chapter offers, which include: educational programs, roundtable discussions, leadership events, peer networking & social events, community service opportunities, and the Charlotte ALA Salary & Benefit Survey.

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Board of Directors to learn how you can get more involved in the chapter this year. As we face more change and uncertainty in the upcoming year, ALA is one constant that is here to support and guide us along the journey. I look forward to connecting with you along the way.


Chris Waldrop
Alston & Bird LLP
2021-2022 President