In addition to his ongoing work with ReelTime CLE, Chris Osborn is the founding principal of Osborn Conflict Resolution, which provides Superior Court mediation, collaborative law approaches for construction, business, and employment disputes, as well as pre-litigation conflict coaching and conflict conciliation services throughout North Carolina. Chris has been certified by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court mediator since 2009, and has assisted the vast majority of his legal clients over the years to reach amicable resolutions in a wide variety of litigation matters, including business breakups, construction and employment law disputes, and will caveat disputes.
From 2012-2015, Chris served as an Assistant Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, where he taught “Interviewing, Client Counseling, and Negotiations,” Civil Procedure, Contracts, “Problems in Practice: Commercial Transactions,” and “Intro to the Study of Law.” While on the faculty, Chris’ scholarly research focused on ethics and professional responsibility, and particularly the interrelationship of both with mental health and substance abuse issues. Upon graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995, Chris began practicing litigation in Charlotte. He served as a career law clerk to former U.S. Magistrate Judge Carl Horn III before joining Horack Talley Pharr & Lowndes, PA, in 2001. During his 11 years as an associate and a shareholder with the firm, Chris handled construction and real estate litigation, business litigation, and employment disputes in Superior and District Courts, as well as in all three North Carolina federal district courts.
Chris has been a frequent speaker at CLE seminars on construction disputes and mechanics’ lien law, and on various topics in employment law, in addition to the seminars on professionalism and legal ethics that he has helped develop and present through ReelTime CLE. As the former chair of the Mecklenburg County Bar “Professionalism, LawyerLife, and Culture” Committee, Chris helped lead the Bar’s efforts to support its members in times of personal or professional crisis, and its proactive promotion of good mental health practices and substance abuse awareness. He has also written and edited numerous articles for the Mecklenburg County Bar Newsletter on such diverse topics as career satisfaction, exercise and well-being, active listening skills, dealing with clients who show signs of mental illness, conflicts with colleagues at the bench and bar, and the particular challenges that well-trained lawyers encounter in their interpersonal relationships.
Michael Kahn holds a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law, and practiced law with the Attorney General’s Office for the State of New Jersey for 6 years. Although he left the practice of law in 1991, his work thereafter has kept him involved in the lives of attorneys in various capacities. Following a stint as Assistant Director of Career Services with the Tulane University School of Law, Michael obtained his M. Ed. in Counseling from UNC-Greensboro in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of North Carolina. Michael’s areas of focus in his psychotherapy practice have included anxiety, depression, grief/loss, career satisfaction, and men's issues, and he has worked with adolescents and adults in individual and group therapy settings. In 2012, he relocated to Oregon, where in addition to continuing his speaking career, he served as an Adjunct Professor at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education & Counseling. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC, and he continues to present training seminars and workshops on ethics, grief, self-care, diversity and inclusion, and other topics for attorneys and mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. Army.