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Overview

A trusted advisor and accomplished trial attorney with a penchant for solving complex problems, Chris focuses on civil litigation, real estate and construction, and creditor rights.

He understands his clients and their industries and has the skill to persuade judges and juries alike. 

Chris develops cost-effective strategies to protect his clients’ interests while minimizing risk and avoiding litigation. When litigation is threatened or required, however, he is a formidable advocate for his clients. Whether in state or federal court or before a government agency, Chris represents clients across a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance claims, employment discrimination claims, personal injury claims, product liability and defect claims, shareholder disputes, business torts, unfair competition claims, covenant not to compete claims, and trademark and intellectual property claims.

Chris also advises developers, resort owners, landlords, tenants and property associations in the sale, leasing, planning, development, condemnation and zoning of real estate. He represents clients in landlord-tenant disputes, insurance claims, zoning and boundary disputes, condominium and subdivision disputes, condemnation proceedings, and redevelopment projects involving the use of tax increment financing (TIF), tax abatement, community improvement districts (CIDs) and other economic development incentives. 

Additionally, he also represents clients in construction disagreements involving breach of contract claims, mechanic’s liens, public projects, professional liability claims for design professionals, insurance claims, payment and performance bond claims, prompt pay act claims and general contractor and subcontractor claims.

Lenders, note holders, sellers of goods and services, secured parties, judgment creditors or parties with claims against insolvent or bankrupt debtors turn to Chris for clear and precise guidance. He counsels individuals, financial institutions, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations with respect to creditor rights and insolvency issues. He also develops effective risk management and asset protection strategies and represents clients in court and in arbitrations nationwide.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012-2014

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Moot Court Board National Trial Team
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame
    • Government and Computer Applications

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

Clerkship

The Hon. Paul J. Simon, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri, 1999-2000

Experience
  • In a pro bono matter, reunited a 12-year-old girl with her mother in Germany by applying the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Remedies Act to win a federal court order requiring the child, who was wrongfully retained in the United States by her father, to be returned to her mother in their home country.
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Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Board of Directors 2014-present, Secretary 2016
  • Downtown Springfield Association, Board of Directors 2014-present, President 2015-2016
  • Leadership Springfield, Class 29
  • Notre Dame Club of St. Louis, Board of Directors, 2003-2006
  • Springfield Art Museum, Board of Directors 2014-present, Secretary 2016
  • Urban Districts Alliance, Board of Directors 2018-2015, President 2014-2015, President Elect 2013-2014, Secretary 2012-2013