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    Biography

    Chris' clients keep him on speed dial. When they ask him, "do you have experience with...?", most of the time, the answer is yes. Chris is an entrepreneur at heart and when you talk with him, you quickly learn why clients choose him as their trusted adviser.   

    Chris works hand-in-hand with his clients on a diverse selection of matters throughout the life cycle of their business, from the early stages of business formation and funding to next steps involving growth and operational matters, and finally to those later stages where transition sometimes leads to a sale, merger, or acquisition.  

    As the former Assistant General Counsel of a publicly-traded company, Chris developed an understanding of the demands on C-Suite executives, especially in-house counsel. His approach to clients is shaped by his experiences both in-house and as outside counsel serving in-house counsel.  He knows that clients don't want to put business on hold while they wait for legal issues to be solved. During his time in-house and after, Chris developed competencies related to sophisticated credit facilities, initial and secondary public offerings, franchise matters, employment matters and the niche area of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, including the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) as well as compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).  He is active in the Supplement Safety Compliance Initiative (SSCI) and the Natural Products Association.

    Chris' pledge to his clients is that when they have an opportunity, a crisis, or a question, he will be there to help find the solution. As their trusted adviser, when clients are in a stressful situation, his first order of business is to help them "stop the bleeding," develop a strategy to solve the problem, minimize risk and protect their business and, in some instances personal interests.  

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    American Bar Association
    Allegheny County Bar Association
    United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
    United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    Key Experience

    Participated in the successful resolution of a dispute between oil and gas producers relating to use and expense associated with midstream transportation of product
    Represented company in transaction involving the sale of 100% of entity stock to a foreign enterprise in a transaction valued at over $55,000,000
    Represented minority shareholder in the enforcement of purchase option contained in shareholder agreement resulting in the issuance of a preliminary injunction stopping the sale of the company to alternative purchasers and restoring the right of the minority shareholder to purchase the majority interest