Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with honors in 1972, and the University of Montana School of Law, with honors in 1976, where he served on the Law Review. Through high school and college Chris worked in Glacier National Park and settled permanently in Missoula in 1971. After law school Chris practiced in Missoula for 25 years with Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind, and for the past 10 years as a solo practitioner.
During his career he has increasingly focused on commercial practice, including banking, real estate, construction and development, and business transactions. In 1983 Chris joined the board of directors of First Security Bank of Missoula, now a division of Glacier Bank, and has continued in that capacity for 30 years, gaining expertise in all types of secured transactions. He has held an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2001. Chris serves as a mediator in commercial and real estate disputes, and as a volunteer with the State Bar of Mt. on the Fee Arbitration Panel and Medical Legal Panel. He has testified as an expert witness in banking and real estate secured transactions. He is admitted in the state and federal courts of Montana and has practiced before the American Arbitration Association in commercial disputes.
Chris and his wife Mary Jo, an education professional, have 2 adult children.