Christopher R. Rahl, Member

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  • Chris is courteous, professional, timely & meticulous...I can think of no other attorney I'd want in my corner.

    -Keith R.

    Chris finds legal solutions for financial, FinTech and emerging businesses.

410-576-4196 (fax)


Chris is Chair of the Financial Services Practice. He advises providers of consumer financial services and health care services concerning compliance with federal and state law; transactional matters; corporate governance; and litigation avoidance and management. Chris helps clients with:

  • Federal and state deposit and lending regulatory compliance
  • Licensing requirements and applications
  • Negotiation of vendor agreements
  • Marketing compliance
  • New product structure and documentation
  • Development of online policies (terms of use and privacy policies) and online application portals
  • Business entity choice, entity formation and preparation of corporate documents
  • Physician employment/independent contractor arrangements
  • Federal and state health care self-referral and anti-kickback compliance
  • Development of health care management structures
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Data breach responses
  • Negotiation of lease agreements
  • E-signature disclosures/compliance

He focuses on helping clients manage risk and identify and implement proactive solutions to complex problems and advance business goals. Chris has extensive in-house counsel experience; previously serving as general counsel for an enterprise holding company and subsidiaries in the debt relief industry, and as corporate counsel for two large regional financial institutions.

After graduation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996, Chris served as a Clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., then Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.

Chris co-authored a series on the activities in 2019 and 2020 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. Click here for the articles.


AV® Preeminent™ Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Named to Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, 2021

Recipient of the 2018 The Daily Record Leadership in Law Award

Recipient of the Lexology 2016 Client Choice Award


Professional and Civic Involvement

Adjunct Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

Board Member, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service; Co-Chair, Advisory Board; Past President

Board Member, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

410-576-4196 (fax)


Maryland Legal Alert


Financial Services
Health Care
Technology & Intellectual Property


J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1996
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1991

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Court of Appeals of Maryland

Bar Admissions

Maryland, 1996