Christopher R. Smith

Christopher R. Smith: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • 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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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.


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


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 Starsunder
Business/Corporate Law (2010 - 2013)

Public Service

Current Boards of Directors, Institute for Family-Owned Business, Maine Historical
Society, Waynflete School (President), and Sandpiper II Condominium
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)


Chris Smith has been very professional and helpful.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.


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.


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


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


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

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
University Attended:
Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1995
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1998
Year of First admission:
2000, Washington, D.C. (inactive); 2006, Massachusetts; 1999, Maine


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


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