Christopher M. Young

Adjunct Professor
Career Counselor
Diversity Mentor

Phone: (202) 870-1191

Christopher Young, a native of Greensboro, NC was educated through the Guilford County School System and graduated from Walter Hines Page High School in 1995.  Upon graduation, he began his collegiate studies at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, graduating in May, 1999.  While at Shaw, Christopher was an active student. He was a member of the university’s baseball team, a Resident Advisor, and a member of several on campus clubs and organizations. In addition to being a student athlete and student leader, Christopher also maintained part-time employment during his undergraduate career.

Christopher enrolled into the Masters of Public Administration program at North Carolina Central University, completing all required coursework. In 2004, he enrolled in law school at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia where he would study law for the next two years. While a student at Appalachian, Christopher remained a very active student, serving as President of the Black Law Students Association, a member of the diversity committee, a member of the school’s intramural softball team, and a research assistant for Professor Joseph Grant. Following his second year at Appalachian, Christopher was fortunate enough to complete his final year of law school closer to home at North Carolina Central University School of Law.

During his term as a law student, Christopher was afforded the opportunity to work three summer internships that helped shape his legal career. He served the North Carolina Court of Appeals as a clerk for Judge John M. Tyson. He served at the Wake County District Attorney’s Office under then District Attorney, C. Colon Willoughby. Finally, he served as a law clerk for long-time Wake County defense attorney, Geoffrey H. Simmons. During his time as an intern he discovered his passion was criminal law, learning the nuts and bolts of federal criminal defense under Attorney Simmons’ tutelage. After graduation, Christopher continued working with Attorney Simmons in several capacities, first as intern, then as law clerk, and finally as of counsel attorney to the firm.

In April of 2012, Christopher felt it was time to spread his wings and open his own firm. After a great deal of strategic planning, he opened The Young Law Firm, PLLC in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Christopher handles federal criminal defense and post-conviction relief nationwide, using local counsel when it is required. Christopher is making his mark as an emerging leader in federal criminal defense and post-conviction relief. He prides himself on providing each of his clients exceptional service where accessibility, diligence, and integrity are fundamental and foundational.

  • J.D. Appalachian School of Law
  • Shaw University, BA International Relations
Courses Taught:
  • Post-Conviction Relief
  • History of Race and the Law