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Hobart College, B.A., Cum Laude

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

Chris has focused his practice on public finance law since graduating from law school in 2001. He frequently acts as counsel to industrial development agencies (IDAs) and local development corporations throughout New York State. Chris counsels IDAs on a myriad of projects in connection with the granting of exemptions from real property taxes, sales and use taxes and mortgage recording tax, including commercial, manufacturing and renewable energy (wind and solar) projects. He routinely advises industrial development agencies on compliance with the requirements of the General Municipal Law, the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005 (PAAA) and the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009 (PARA), including inquiries by the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO). 

Chris has extensive experience acting as bond counsel to local development corporations and public authorities across New York State on tax-exempt and taxable revenue bond financings for the benefit of colleges and universities, charter schools, retirement communities, hospitals and other 501(c)(3) organizations in public offerings, limited offerings and direct purchases. His practice includes a strong focus on the federal tax laws and regulations pertaining to tax-exempt bonds, with particular emphasis on arbitrage, private use questions and post-issuance compliance. Chris has experience assisting issuers in connection with audits by the IRS relating to tax-exempt bonds.

Chris also frequently advises issuers and 501(c)(3) organizations on matters relating to continuing disclosure requirements under SEC Rule 15c2-12 and the federal securities laws. He frequently acts as bond counsel for municipalities and school districts throughout New York State in connection with the issuance of general obligation debt.

Chris has acted as underwriter's counsel throughout his career in tax-exempt and taxable bond offerings for projects in numerous states, including New York, Texas, Maryland and West Virginia.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Chris was a member (partner) with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse, New York. Prior to that, he was a senior associate with McKennon, Shelton & Henn LLP in Baltimore, Maryland.

Honors

Former Senior Editor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine

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Professional Associations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

  • New York State Government Finance Officers Association

  • New York State Association of School Business Officials

  • New York State Economic Development Council

  • Albany County Bar Association

  • Saratoga County Bar Association