Judge Chris Dillon
Chris Dillon was born and raised in Raleigh, the youngest of C.A. and Mildred Dillon’s five children. He graduated from Broughton High School. Judge Dillon is a “double Tar Heel,” having earned a B.S. in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1990, following graduation from law school, Judge Dillon returned to Raleigh and began his law career, focusing on occupational licensing and real estate law. In 1998, Judge Dillon became licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a broker.
Prior to his election to the bench, in addition to practicing law, Judge Dillon served as an officer at a community bank in Raleigh he helped start, focusing on commercial real estate and small business lending.
In 2012, Judge Dillon was elected to an eight-year term on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. During his tenure, he has drafted over 700 opinions. Also, he has spoken to high school students on more than 100 occasions about the judiciary and has volunteered at numerous student mock trial competitions.
For the past several years, Judge Dillon has served as an adjunct professor, teaching a real estate focused course, at both UNC School of Law and Campbell School of Law. In 2018, Judge Dillon was awarded his LLM degree from the Duke University School of Law in the field of Judicial Studies.
Judge Dillon is married to Ann (née Finley), a special education teacher in Raleigh. Ann is also the youngest of five children. Together, they are the parents of five children: Sally, Matt, Anna, Molly, and Sam.