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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

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, 2021
  • Missouri Bar Executive Committee, Pro Bono Award, 2020
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2012-2014, 2017-2019

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 Memberships and Certifications

  • 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
  • Represented a Honduran man in a pro bono international parental kidnapping case, in which the client returned home from work to find that his wife had taken their 22-month-old daughter and illegally smuggled herself and the child into the United States. Utilizing provisions of the Hague Convention and International Child Abduction Remedies Act, won a federal court case ordering the client be returned to the client's custody in Honduras, and then successfully reunited the father and child with the help of the Honduran government despite challenges resulting from U.S. Immigration policies that prevented the father from travelling to the United States to take custody of the child.
  • In collaboration with the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children and under terms of the Hague Convention and International Child Abduction Act, reunited a Honduras-based father with his missing sons and daughter after his ex-wife smuggled herself and their children through Mexico to illegally reside in the United States.
  • 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.
  • Compelled arbitration and enforced plaintiffs' contractual class waivers for timeshare client when consumers sought class action alleging fraud and violation of Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA).
  • Successfully defended putative $11,000,000 class action against retail client under Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) with removal to federal court and Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). Case was voluntarily dismissed by plaintiff with no payment by our client.
Media Mentions | January 19, 2018
417 Magazine: The Future of 417-land

Chris Weiss comments on the impact of the Jordan Creek development on downtown Springfield.

Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Board of Directors 2014-present, Secretary 2016, President-Elect 2018, President 2019
  • 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, Chairman of the Board, 2017-2020
  • Springfield Art Museum Foundation, Inc, Founding Board Member
  • Think Big Foundation, Inc., Founding Board President
  • Urban Districts Alliance, Board of Directors 2012-2015, President 2014-2015, President Elect 2013-2014, Secretary 2012-2013

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