Biography

Chris is counselor to a wide variety of both corporate and individual clients. Chris represents domestic and international business and nonprofit clients (both tax-exempt and taxable) and others in a broad mix of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; entity choice, organization, and restructuring; equity and debt financing; contracts; board governance and policies; shareholder relations; compliance and regulatory matters; and more.

Chris is outside corporate counsel to a range of enterprises including early-stage ventures and other businesses and NGOs with regional, national, and global operations. An avid traveler, Chris has presented internationally on cross-border investment issues including related government reporting requirements.

Chris is a leading provider of business and corporate legal services on behalf of clients of the firm's Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. He advises individuals and families in connection with their business interests, coordinating efforts with members of the firm's trusts and estates and real estate practices as needed to help these individuals and families achieve their broader objectives. Chris believes that he can serve his clients best by taking the time to get to know them, their businesses, and their interests and values.

Chris provides a broad spectrum of services to tax-exempt organizations in matters from simple to highly complex including guidance through the exemption process, management of ongoing charitable solicitations compliance, and counsel with respect to numerous additional regulatory and other matters.

Public service is important to Chris, and, in keeping with one of Verrill's best traditions, he relishes working with clients and others to make a difference in the community and beyond. Chris currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Portland area. Viewed as a "rising star" and a "detail-oriented, thorough lawyer—someone who gets it done and gets it done right," Chris is a driven advocate for his clients and, through his policy and volunteer work, is committed to being a true ally and voice for business.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Emory University School of Law  (J.D.)
    • Managing Editor, Bankruptcy Developments Journal
  • Harvard University  (A.B., cum laude)

Public Service

  • Boards of directors, Institute for Family-Owned Business, Maine Historical Society, Waynflete School (President), and Sandpiper II Condominium (President)
  • Governing committees, Charles E. Thomas Memorial Library and St. James Episcopal Church
  • Harvard College Schools and Scholarships Committee
  • Phillips Academy (Andover), Alumni Council (2006-2010)
  • Former member, boards of directors, Portland Harbor Museum, Breakwater at Spring Point Condominium Association; Prouts Neck Community Organization; Prouts Neck Country Club; and Victoria Mansion

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Immediate past chairman, Business Law Section, Maine State Bar Association
  • Drafting Committee, Maine Business Corporation Act, Maine Limited Liability Company Act, Maine Model Registered Agents Act, Maine Revised Uniform Partnership Act, and Maine Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act

Honors

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Corporate/M&A (2010-2012)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 Portland, Maine Business Organizations (including LLCs and partnerships) Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Business Organizations (including LLCs and partnerships)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars© under Business/Corporate Law (2010-2013)

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Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Chief Judge Howard D. McKibben

Firm Highlights

News

Verrill-law.com Named “Best in Category” at 18th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards

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Publication/Podcast

FINALLY!!! . . . SBA Guidance on the Forgiveness Math

The Punch Line : On Friday, May 15, the Small Business Administration published a new form entitled Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers which, at long last, provides a great deal of guidance on...

Publication/Podcast

Juggling the Costs of Reopening and Litigation: Try Mediation

State governments are creating paths to restart their economies. Businesses desperately want to start generating income and put the COVID-19 crisis behind them. Companies and their management are closely studying the guidelines issued by...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Matter

Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

Blog

Hand Sanitizer Relief for Distilled Spirits Extension

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

News

As the Economy Reopens, Businesses Must be Aware of Possible Lawsuits

On May 11, the Bangor Daily News published an article, "Lawsuits may be next battleground for businesses as pandemic economy reopens," where legal experts give insight on the lawsuits to come as businesses begin...

Blog

BABLO Issues Guidance on Reopening

Matter

Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...