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Overview

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.


Industries

Services

Education

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

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • California

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Aviation Business Association
Experience
  • 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.
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.