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Chris is Co-Chair of the Business Services Department and Chair of the Private Equity/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group. He practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, health care, securities, private equity, financial institutions, and international transactions.  As a transactional attorney, he has helped both public and private corporations of all sizes to raise capital and to comply with Federal and state securities laws.  Chris is also involved with general corporate and contractual issues, U.S. public company reporting requirements, executive compensation and corporate governance.  He has a background in regulatory issues involving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and state banking and securities administrative agencies.  Chris has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including managed care and commercial health insurance companies, assisted living companies, physician groups, and other healthcare industry clients.  His practice also includes representation of banks, credit unions and other financial institutions as well as manufacturers and distributors in the beverage and other consumer products industries, private equity funds, renewable energy companies, and the oil, natural gas and coal industries.

Career Highlights


  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the areas of Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2016
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Securities Law, 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list, 2013 - 2017
  • Named to Business First of Louisville's “Forty Under 40” list, 2012 


Professional Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Ignite Louisville, 2009
  • Brandeis Law Journal - Member, Volume 41
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law - National Moot Court Team, 2002
  • Book Award: Corporate Finance, 2003
  • Student Bar Association, Elected Representative 2002-2004
  • International Law Society, Co-Founder, 2002
  • Dean's List, Brandeis School of Law, 2001-2002

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Gubernatorial appointment to the Waterfront Development Corporation Board of Directors, present- 2018 
  • Kentucky Opera, Board of Directors
  • C.H.O.I.C.E., Inc., Advisory Board
  • YMCA Safe Place Services, Inc., Board of Directors


Contributions & Published Works

  • “The JOBS Act and its Effect on Business Clients and Advisors,” 14th Biennial Business Law Institute, UK/CLE, April 11th 2013
  • “Corporate Update, Developments in Securities and M&A Law,” BGD Annual Corporate Update CLE, April 9th 2013
  • “Business of Law: Law firms change hiring methods because of economy,” Business First of Louisville, 2012
  • “The best time to prepare for how a business dissolution is handled is when the company is started,” Business First Louisville, 2012
  • “The Business Implications of Healthcare Reform and the Supreme Court Decision,” Health Care Reform: The Ruling – What now?, BGD/Mountjoy Chilton Medley PLLC Joint Seminar, 2012
  • “A Securities Law Update,” BGD Annual Corporate Update CLE, 2012
  • “Corporate Governance:  What Every Board of Directors Should Know,” – KBA Annual Convention, to be presented June, 2011
  • “Biennial Case Law And Legislative Update For The Business Lawyer,” 13th Biennial Business Law Institute, UK/CLE, 2011
  • “Kentucky Corporation Law; Operation of the Corporation: Non-Tax Issues,” Published by UK/CLE, Co-Author, 2010
  • “Corporate Update, Developments in M&A Law,” GDM Annual Corporate Update CLE, 2009-2012
  • “A ‘Business Law’ Update For the Securities Lawyer,” 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Biennial Midwest/Midsouth Securities Law Conference, UK/CLE, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • “Being an Officer or Director of a Corporation can be Dangerous — You Need to Pay Careful Attention to Your Advancement and Indemnification Rights,” GDM Law Letter, Co-Author, 2009
  • “The SEC Adopts Major Amendments to the Proxy Rules for Public Companies,” GDM Law Letter, Co-Author, 2007
  • “Equine Ethics: The Nuts and Bolts of the New Dual Agency Law,” GDM Law Letter, Co-Author, 2006
  • "Corporate Update - Recent Developments and Key Legal Changes of 2004," Louisville Bar Association, March, 2005



  • "Legal Issues Surrounding Raising Business Funds," 16th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, April 14, 2017
  • "Acquisition of a Russian Business", Indianapolis, June 7, 2014



Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science, Nashville, Tennessee, B.A., Political Science, 2000
University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 2004
Cambridge University, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England, Summer Program in Law, July-August, 2002

  • Kentucky, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2005
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