Christopher R. Smith

Partner
T: (207) 253-4426
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • Harvard University (A.B., 1995), cum laude

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.

Biography

Chris is counselor to a wide variety of both corporate and individual clients. Chris represents domestic and international business and nonprofit clients (both tax-exempt and taxable) and others in a broad mix of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; entity choice, organization, and restructuring; equity and debt financing; contracts; board governance and policies; shareholder relations; compliance and regulatory matters; and more. He is outside corporate counsel to a range of enterprises, including early-stage ventures and other businesses and NGOs with regional, national, and global operations. An avid traveler, Chris has presented internationally on cross-border investment issues, including related government reporting requirements.

Chris is a leading provider of business and corporate legal services on behalf of clients of the firm’s Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group. He advises individuals and families in connection with their business interests, coordinating efforts with members of the firm’s trusts and estates and real estate practices as needed to help these individuals and families to achieve their broader objectives. Chris believes that he can serve his clients best by taking the time to get to know them, their businesses, and their interests and values.

Chris provides a broad spectrum of services to tax-exempt organizations, in matters from simple to highly complex, including guidance through the exemption process, management of ongoing charitable solicitations compliance, and counsel with respect to numerous additional regulatory and other matters.

Public service is important to Chris, and, in keeping with one of Verrill Dana’s best traditions, he relishes working with clients and others to make a difference in the community and beyond. Chris currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations in the Portland area. Viewed as a “rising star” and a “detail-oriented, thorough lawyer—someone who gets it done and gets it done right,” according to client testimonials in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chris is a driven advocate for his clients and, through his policy and volunteer work, is committed to being a true ally and voice for business generally.  

Public Service

Current Boards of Directors, Institute for Family-Owned Business, Maine Historical 
    Society, Waynflete School (President), and Sandpiper II Condominium 
    (President)
Governing Committees, Charles E. Thomas Memorial Library and St. James 
    Episcopal Church
Harvard College Schools and Scholarships Committee
Phillips Academy (Andover), Alumni Council (2006 - 2010)
Former Boards of Directors, Portland Harbor Museum, Breakwater at Spring Point
Condominium Association (2002 - 2003); Prouts Neck Community
Organization (2006 - 2011); Prouts Neck Country Club (2006-2015); and Victoria 
    Mansion (2006 - 2014)
City Affairs Committee, Portland Chamber of Commerce (2000 - 2005)

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association: Immediate Past Chairman, Business Law Section
Drafting Committee, Maine Business Corporation Act, Maine Limited Liability 
    Company Act, Maine Model Registered Agents Act, Maine Revised Uniform 
    Partnership Act, and Maine Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act

Education

  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • Harvard University (A.B., 1995), cum laude

Clerkships

  • Chief Judge Howard D. McKibben, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1999
  • Massachusetts, 2006
  • Washington, D.C. (INACTIVE), 2000

Honors

Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under 
    Corporate/M&A (2010 - 2012)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Corporate Law, Mergers and 
    Acquisitions, and Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) 
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars© under 
    Business/Corporate Law (2010 - 2013)