Chris finds legal solutions for financial, health care and emerging businesses.
Chris is Chair of the firm's Financial Services practice group and a member of the following teams: Financial Services, Health Care and EMERGE.
He is a trusted advisor who serves as outside general counsel to several highly regulated enterprises. To that end, Chris helps clients manage risk and identify and implement proactive solutions to complex problems.
Chris has extensive in-house counsel experience that includes having served as general counsel for an enterprise holding company and its subsidiaries and as corporate counsel in the financial services industry. His familiarity with the challenges and demands of the in-house counsel role uniquely positions him to help companies develop and implement creative strategies to reach their business goals efficiently and effectively.
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After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996, Chris served as a Clerk for the Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., then-Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
Chris is the co-author of an ongoing series covering activities identified as unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAPs) by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, state attorneys general and consumer financial services regulators using federal UDAAP powers created by the Dodd-Frank Act.
AV® Preeminent™ Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
Named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law, 2021 and 2022
Recipient, Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2018
Recipient, Lexology Client Choice Award, 2016
Volunteer of the Month, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), November 2021
Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Board Member, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy
Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Co-Chair, Consumer Credit/Financial Institutions Committee
Member, American Bar Association
Past Chair, Board Member, MVLS; Past President; Co-Chair, Advisory Board
Presenter, Mid Atlantic Regulatory Committee Quarterly Meeting, May 20, 2022
Co-author, "Reading the Tea Leaves: UDAAP Data, Trends, and Predictions," American Bar Association (ABA), Consumer Financial Services Committee Newsletter, September 2021
Webinar co-presenter, “Spotting UDAAP Trends: Reading the Tea Leaves of Recent CFPB Enforcement Activity,” ABA, August 2021
Presenter, Mid Atlantic Regulatory Committee Lunch Meeting, May 15, 2020
J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1996
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1991
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Court of Appeals of Maryland