Christa grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, but has been moving south ever since. She received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and her law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1988. After law school, Christa worked for the Social Security Administration's Office of General Counsel before returning to Durham, NC and opening the law firm of McGill & Noble with law school classmate Ginny Noble in 1991.
Christa practices in the areas of social security and veterans disability law. She handles social security cases at the administrative level as well as appeals in the federal court system. The North Carolina State Bar has certified her as a specialist in social security disability law. Her veterans law practice includes representation at all levels—VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Involvement in professional organizations in her practice areas is important to Christa. She has served two terms as chair of the North Carolina State Bar's social security disability specialization committee and is currently a co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee of the Disability Advocacy Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Christa also belongs to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives, the National Organization for Veterans Advocates, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and the Military and Veterans Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Christa also holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University, where she focused her study on social inequalities in the workplace.
Areas of Practice
- Veterans Disability Law
- Social Security Disability Law
Certified Legal Specialties
- Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law, North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina, 1988
Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
- J.D. - 1988
- Ph.D., Sociology - 2002
- B.A. - 1985
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
- National Organization of Veterans Advocates
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association