Christopher R. Smith

Christopher R. Smith: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Chris represents a variety of domestic and international business and nonprofit clients in mergers and acquisitions; entity choice and organization; equity and debt financing; contracts; board governance; shareholder relations; and other compliance and transactional matters. Chris is outside corporate counsel to a range of U.S. and foreign enterprises, including early-stage ventures and other businesses and NGOs with regional, national, and global operations.
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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.

Clerkships

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

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)

Public Service

Current Boards of Directors, Institute for Family-Owned Business, Maine Historical
Society, Waynflete School (Vice 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)

Highlights

Chris Smith has been very professional and helpful.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

November 17, 2011

Maine State Bar Association 2011 Legal Year in Review

Speaking Engagements

Mark K. Googins, Christopher R. Smith

September 23, 2010

Verrill Dana and Cox & Palmer Joint Investment Seminar - Portland, ME

Hosted Events

Experience

Fast Action Leads to Successful Closing

A fast-growing supply chain services and logistics company called on Verrill Dana’s experienced attorneys when they needed to act fast to acquire multiple US and Canadian companies that became available due to a partial divestiture by a publicly traded company.

Legacy Supply Chain Services: Acquisition of U.S. and Canadian Subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc.

Verrill Dana served as counsel to Legacy Supply Chain Services, the buyer/borrower, in its acquisition of certain U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries of Vitran, Inc. This deal was named the 2013 Retail Manufacturing/Distribution Sector Deal of the Year by M&A Advisor.

Nonprofit Mergers & Acquisitions: Membership Substitution Transaction

To expand its capacity to provide patient care in an increasingly competitive marketplace, a pioneering New York-based kidney and cancer research and treatment center affiliated with another New York institution in a complex, 11-month process requiring the coordination of many attorneys and practice groups.

News

April 8, 2017

Newsradio WGAN: Inside Maine Podcast - An Interview with Chris Smith on Maine's Voter Approved Tax Increase

Media Mentions

Christopher R. Smith

March 10, 2014

Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award

Press Releases

Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 2, 2014

Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award

Press Releases

Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

June 7, 2012

Verrill Dana Ranked Among Top Firms by Chambers & Partners

Press Releases

Eric D. Altholz, Scott D. Anderson, Lisa S. Boehm, Robert C. Brooks, Juliet T. Browne, Anthony M. Calcagni, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, James I. Cohen, Kimberly S. Couch, Douglas P. Currier, Gregory S. Fryer, Gregg H. Ginn, James G. Goggin, Mark K. Googins, William S. Harwood, Nora R. Healy, Jeffrey L. Heidt, Nathaniel R. Hull, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, James C. Palmer, Raymond A. Pelletier, Christopher R. Smith

September 23, 2010

Verrill Dana to Host Joint Investment Seminars in Conjunction with Cox & Palmer

Press Releases

Christopher R. Smith

January 18, 2006

Verrill Dana, LLP Names New Partners

Press Releases

Christopher R. Smith

Publications

July 19, 2017

Maine Legislature Overturns Question 2's 3% Income Tax Surcharge

Alerts and Newsletters

Gregory Fryer, Keith Herrick, Michael Saxl, and Christopher Smith

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Business & Corporate
  • Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • International Trade & Transactions
  • Health Technology
  • Small Business Counsel Program
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • North Atlantic & Arctic

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4426  Phone
(207) 253-4427  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/csmith
University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1995
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Year of First admission:
1999
Admission:
2000, Washington, D.C. (inactive); 2006, Massachusetts; 1999, Maine
Memberships:

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

ISLN:
914787349

Peer Reviews

  • 4.1/5.0 (3 reviews)
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    4.3/5.0
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
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    4.0/5.0

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