Biography

Chris is one of Maine's foremost attorneys in the area of medical liability defense. He assists Maine hospitals and other health care providers on medical staff, credentialing and employment-related issues, with a focus on complex medical staff privileging and antitrust matters. His practice also includes products liability defense and complex litigation. He has handled to verdict over one hundred major jury and non-jury trials involving medical liability, antitrust, medical staff disputes, employment discrimination and products liability cases, throughout Northern New England. He has been involved in more than thirty major litigations and oral arguments to the Maine Supreme Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Activities

  • Maine State Bar Association
    • Liaison Coordinator
    • Medical Malpractice Litigation Steering Committee, a group of leading plaintiffs and defense practitioners which liaises with the Superior Court and Supreme Court on matters of judicial and public interest regarding malpractice litigation.
  • Maine Liability Demonstration Project Oversight Committee
    • Legal Member

Honors & Recognition

  • Listed in Woodward-White's The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Listed in New England Super Lawyers

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board Member of Day One, a statewide agency dealing with adolescent substance abuse
  • Board Member, Woodfords Family Services

Presentations

  • Chris frequently lectures to professional legal and medical groups.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

Event

Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Publication

Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

Publication

Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...

News

David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

Event

Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...