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)

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

Blog

SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

News

Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

Publication/Podcast

2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...

Blog

Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...

Publication/Podcast

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

Matter

T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

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...

News

Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...

Matter

Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...