Chris joined the firm in 2011 and his primary practice areas include civil litigation, business and non-profit law and estate planning. Chris has successfully represented healthcare providers in numerous medical malpractice cases. He has tried cases resulting in defense verdicts in state courts in Missouri and Kansas, as well as Federal Court.
There is nothing more important than family. That is why Chris recommends that all parents of young children create an estate plan as well as a guardian and custodian plan. Chris has assisted many people with their estate planning needs. He makes the estate planning process easy to understand and enjoys providing clarity and peace of mind regarding his clients’ most important decisions.
In addition to his professional liability and estate planning practice, Chris devotes a significant amount of time advising non-profit and for-profit entities. He has developed a unique practice of counseling organizations engaged in sustainable development activities in the U.S. and abroad. Chris provides for-profit and non-profit entities with guidance concerning corporate structuring and governance, maintenance of nonprofit status as well as contract drafting and review to facilitate effective internal and external operations. Chris’ international development experience allows him to assess and effectively counsel organizations facing the challenges of working abroad and in the U.S.
Chris developed his passion for sustainable development while working with governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout the world. While in Washington, DC, he represented indigent clients against predatory foreclosure, tax sale and debt collection practices detailed in a Washington Post expose; he served as a Research Associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a Nobel Peace Prize nominated pro bono law firm, providing counsel to the Ugandan government concerning prosecuting and rehabilitating child soldiers and the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe on its role in the Global Peace Agreement; he worked as an intern in the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the Office of the General Counsel of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). After graduating from Indiana University and before going to law school, Chris worked for over two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.
In addition to his law practice, Chris serves as the Advisory Board Chairman of the Dominican Republic Medical Partnership, a local charitable organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of Haitian immigrants in sugar cane cutting communities in the Dominican Republic through education and sustainable healthcare efforts. He lives in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village with his wife, son and dog. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, outdoor activities in Colorado and spending time with his family.
“How is Your Documentation: Lessons Learned from Litigation”, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (“OMIC”) (2014).
“Sleeping Easy: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls in Nonprofit Fundraising and Operations,” Support Kansas City (2016).
U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF KANSAS
American Bar Association
Kansas Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Johnson County Bar Association
American University Washington College of Law Juris Doctorate
Student Attorney, General Practice Clinic
Editor, Sustainable Development Law & Policy Brief
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN B.A. History and Political Science
Denmark International Study, Copenhagen, Denmark, Semester Abroad