Chris practices family and criminal law, and civil litigation. He also handles real estate transactions, as well as commercial foreclosures and litigation for various lending institutions. He frequently serves as a mediator and evaluator for both the state and federal courts.Chris is the former chair of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board, and served on the board for nine years. He was an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of Vermont for over thirty years and most recently taught Ethics in UVM's MBA Program. He is a past member and vice-chair of the Vermont Professional Conduct Board, past chair of the Supreme Court Committee on the Adoption of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, and a current member of the Supreme Court's Committee on Revision of Vermont's Code of Judicial Conduct. Chris is a frequent lecturer on family law and legal ethics.
Chris is named by New England Super Lawyers as one of Vermont’s top divorce lawyers. He is also recognized as a leading family law attorney by bestofus.com and the Best Lawyers in America®, and was named Vermont’s "Family Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 and 2017.
Chris presently sits on the Board of Cathedral Square Corporation, a non-profit that develops and operates communities for seniors and individuals with special needs. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Youth Rugby Association and the Tree Farm Management Group (a local sports complex) and is a former member of the Vestry of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s in Burlington and a current member of its Trustees.
Chris has been a nationally-ranked rugby referee, and is currently a World Rugby (formerly, the International Rugby Board) trainer and a member of the U.S.A. Rugby Referee Training Committee. He is also on the Board of the New England Rugby Referee Society. He continues to travel throughout the United States and Canada to referee matches and to train and coach fellow referees. He co-founded the Burlington Rugby Football Club. When the rugby fields are covered with snow, Chris is on his skis in the mountains. Chris lives with his wife, Theri, in South Burlington. Their adult sons live in Boston and Burlington.
Chris’s practice areas include: alternative dispute resolution; business litigation; criminal defense; disciplinary matters; family; and real estate & land use.