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 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars© under Business/Corporate Law (2010-2013)

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Clerkships

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

Firm Highlights

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

Blog

Connecticut Employers Take Note – Cease Seeking Past Pay Information

Big changes are coming to Connecticut employers and with it, many organizational hiring practices with the passage of HB Number 6380. HB Number 6380 limits the disclosure of wage information from past positions. Currently...

News

Advice from Former Portland Charter Commission

On June 23, Portland Phoenix published an article, "Those who have been there predict Portland Charter Commission faces steep learning curve," discussing the organizational meeting with Portland's newly elected Charter Commission. In the meeting...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Event

MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Please join us as we sponsor MAME’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament! Proceeds go to the MAME Scholarship Fund to help support students interested in entering the manufacturing and trade industry in Maine. At...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Publication/Podcast

Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...

News

Maine's Evolving Economy and the Future of Remote Work

On June 8, Maine Public published "The Future of Remote Work: The Outlook for Maine Employers and Workers As Offices Re-Open," covering its Maine’s Evolving Economy series that focuses on the shifts in Maine’s...

Blog

Future of Non-Competes: Insights into Executive Order Promoting Competition in the American Economy

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