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