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Chris concentrates his practice in commercial contracting and providing guidance on regulatory matters.

Chris drafts, negotiates and manages complex commercial contracts for ongoing business operations. He manages large books of procurement contracts for clients that range from financial services to consumer goods to heavy equipment sales. Interacting with clients, he advises them on strategic contract positions and successfully negotiates those positions to further client business goals. Chris also assists with corporate formation, governance and structuring and handles mergers and acquisitions across numerous industries.

With a deep background in aviation, Chris often represents commercial airline and business aviation clients. He provides advice on the purchase, sale and lease of aircraft and he drafts agreements for the maintenance of aircraft and aircraft engines. Chris also offers federal regulatory guidance to aviation-related clients, including air carriers and airports, on matters related to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

In addition, Chris advises clients on the lawful commercial use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and closely monitors development of the regulatory framework for UAS.

Chris also serves on the firm’s seasoned Cannabis team. In the current market landscape of unprecedented opportunity in marijuana and industrial hemp, clients rely on Chris for best solutions on a variety of transactions.




  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law
    • cum laude
    • Administrative Law Review
  • B.A., Duke University


  • Colorado
  • California

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Colorado Aviation Business Association
  • Counseled national security industry client on its response to letter of investigation from Federal Aviation Administration. Convinced FAA to close investigation with no enforcement action or penalty.
  • Advised American Airlines on complex transaction involving acquisition of 47 Boeing 787 aircraft and associated engines, and comprehensive long-term engine maintenance agreement.
Seminars | April 12, 2018
Dallas Construction Academy 2018
News Releases | June 21, 2019
Husch Blackwell Represents American Airlines in 50-Plane Purchase Agreement with Airbus

The transaction provides for converting 30 firmly ordered A321neo aircraft to the purchase of 30 A321 XLR aircraft, plus a commitment to purchase 20 additional A321 XLR aircraft.

News Releases | April 9, 2018
Husch Blackwell Represents American Airlines in Massive Boeing Order

Husch Blackwell represented American Airlines in a transaction at the center of American’s strategy to revamp and simplify its existing fleet of long-haul aircraft.

Community Leadership

Chris gives back to the community with pro bono legal assistance for local organizations.

Chris drafts corporate bylaws and contract agreements to help local organizations launch and sell their goods and services.