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Chris is a Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. A former prosecutor, Chris specializes in high-stakes business litigation and criminal defense. He prosecutes and defends suits involving securities, corporate and partnership governance, fiduciary duties, non-competition covenants, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, commercial contracts, and business torts. Chris has served as lead counsel on dozens of cases tried before federal and state courts throughout New England. He regularly represents corporate and individual clients in connection with investigations into compliance with federal and state false claims statutes, securities fraud, bank fraud, and healthcare fraud.

Experience

Reported Cases

  • MERCURY SYSTEMS, INC. V. S’HOLDER REPRESENTATIVE SERVS. (1st Cir. 2016)
  • U.S. v. UNION BANK FOR SAV. & INV. (JORDAN), 487 F.3d 8 (1st Cir. 2007)
  • SAUCIER v. WARDEN, N.H. STATE PRISON, 2000 U.S. APP. LEXIS 12290 (1st Cir. 2000)
  • U.S. v. BILLMYER, 57 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 1995)
  • CARE REALTY v. LAKEVIEW NEUROREHABILITATION, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 44663 (D.N.H. 2012)
  • LAKEVIEW MGMT. v. CARE REALTY, LLC, 2009 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 28171 (D.N.H. 2009)
  • MILFORD-BENNINGTON R.R. CO. v. PAN AM SYS., 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 145553 (D.N.H. 2011)
  • MUT. REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS v. HOUSTON CAS., 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 100072 (D.N.H. 2011)
  • BROOKS v. AYOTTE, 2008 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 27980 (D.N.H. 2008)
  • ENTERASYS NETWORKS, INC. V. DNPG, LLC, 2006 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 42225 (D.N.H. 2006)
  • IN RE ENTERASYS NETWORKS, INC. SEC. LITIG., 2002 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 15450 (D.N.H. 2002)
  • STATE v. BROOKS, 164 N.H. 272 (2012)
  • STATE EMPLOYEES ASS’N OF N.H. v. STATE, 161 N.H. 558 (2011)
  • STATE v. BREED, 159 N.H. 61 (2009)
  • GULF INS. CO. v. AMSCO, INC. 153 N.H. 28 (2005)
  • PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS OF NH v. HEALTHTRUST, 151 N.H. 501 (2005)
  • REPRESENTATIVE BURLING v. CHANDLER, 148 N.H. 143 (2002)
  • STATE v. BRUCE, 147 N.H. 37 (2001)
  • STATE v. MUNSON, 146 N.H. 712 (2001)
  • IN RE RYAN D., 146 N.H. 644 (2001)
  • STATE v. HAYCOCK, 146 N.H. 302 (2001)
  • STATE v. DALE, 146 N.H. 286 (2001)
  • STATE v. CORT, 145 N.H. 606 (2000)
  • STATE v. RICCI, 144 N.H. 241 (1999)
  • STATE v. FLYNN, 144 N.H. 567 (1999)
  • STATE v. FORD, 144 N.H. 57 (1999)

Representative Cases

  • Mercury Systems, Inc. v. S’holder Representative Servs., 820 F.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2016): successfully represented Mercury in action to establish right to recover over $2.25 million in tax indemnification arising from merger agreement with KOR Electronics.
  • Freedom Energy Logistics v. Provider Power et al. (NH Super Ct. 2016): obtained jury verdict for Freedom in action for misappropriation of trade secrets against competing energy supply/brokerage firm.
  • Fat Bullies Farm, Inc. v. Devenport et al. (NH Super. Ct., 2015): obtained jury verdict for owners of Runnymede Farm – a historic thoroughbred horse farm celebrated for breeding the winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby – in an action by developer to force the sale of the property; obtained award of double damages and attorney’s fees on counterclaims for violations of state consumer protection statute.
  • State of New Hampshire v. John Brooks (NH Super. Ct., 2008): successfully defended NH entrepreneur John Brooks in the penalty phase of the first capital murder trial conducted in New Hampshire in 50 years.
  • In re Resident Power Natural Gas & Electric Solutions, LLC (N.H. PUC, 2013): successfully defended energy suppliers and brokers against charges of fraud and misconduct brought in licensing revocation action before the NH Public Utilities Commission.
  • Law Warehouses, Inv. v. NH State Liquor Commission (NH Super. Ct., 2015): represented Law Warehouses in action challenging validity of a 20-year public contract awarded by the State Liquor Commission; obtained $2.5 million judgment for Law Warehouses, representing the largest amount ever paid by the State in a bid protest action.
  • Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center, Inc., v. THCI (U.S. Dist. Ct (NH), 2009 & 2012): obtained verdicts for plaintiffs in consecutive federal court actions brought to preserve plaintiffs’ rights under 25 year commercial leases to operate rehabilitation centers in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
  • Johnson v. The Meat House, Inc. (American Arbitration Ass’n, 2011): successfully defended national butcher franchise against claims for fraud and violation of federal franchise laws in the establishment of a network of franchise stores.
  • Paper Services, Ltd. v. Algonquin Power, Inc. (NH Super Ct., 2009): successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of a paper mill in action to recover $20 million in damages arising from breach of a hydroelectric dam.
  • Munters Corporation v. MSMC (Mass. Super. Ct., 2010): obtained jury verdict on behalf of national environmental remediation firm in action to recover for restoration services provided in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Enterasys Networks, Inc. v. DNPG, LLC (U.S. Dist. Ct. (NH), 2007): successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of manufacturer of computer networking systems in action for breach of $30 million licensing agreement.
  • City of Boston v. Modern Continental Construction Co. (Mass. Super. Ct., 2005): lead counsel for national construction company in defense of action seeking $15 million in property damages arising from catastrophic flood of Boston Public Library.
  • Peerless Construction, Inc. v. Lake Winnipesaukee, LLC (NH Super. Ct., 2005): represented defendant in jury trial that resulted in dismissal of fraud/breach of contract claims arising from construction of nationally-acclaimed golf resort.
  • Fine v. Jake, Inc. (Mass. Dist. Ct., 2005): defended Boston restaurateur during 4 week trial that resulted in dismissal of claims for termination of 30-year commercial lease.
  • Financial Resources, Inc. v. National Inspection and Repair (NH Super. Ct., 2004): defended Kansas-based OSHA inspection company in jury trial that resulted in dismissal of $3.6 million breach of contract/fraud claims.

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2002-Present)
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
    • Of Counsel (2001-2002)
  • New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General
    • Senior Assistant Attorney General (2000-2001)
    • Assistant Attorney General (1997-2000)
  • Choate, Hall & Stewart
    • Associate (1993-1996)
  • New Hampshire Supreme Court
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable Sherman D. Horton, Jr. (1992-1993)

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for the category of Litigation: General Commercial
  • New Hampshire Union Leader, "Top 40 leaders under 40" (2002)
  • Super Lawyers, New England (2007-2013, 2018)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Daniel-Webster Inn of Court
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • New Hampshire Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • New Hampshire, 1997
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2000
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1992
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire, 1997

News & Insight

Publication

Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Prompt, Thorough and Coordinated Response and Prevention Strategies Are Critical

December 21, 2017

In today’s environment, following the almost daily allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct in media, government, academia, and the private sector, it is clear that no industry, and no company or organization, is immune from these incidents.  Th…

Publication

Big Victory for Auburn Company

May 9, 2016
Firm News

Chambers USA 2019 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

April 25, 2019

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2019 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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Chambers USA 2018 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

May 3, 2018

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that the 2018 edition of Chambers USA has recognized several of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys for their outstanding work.Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and cli…

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Receives Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2012

July 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce Chambers Guides, an international publisher of guides to the world’s leading lawyers, has recognized seventeen partners of the Firm as leaders in their fields, including top rankin…

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Receives Top Ranking in Chambers USA 2011

July 1, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI - Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP is pleased to announce Chambers Guides, an international publisher of guides to the world’s leading lawyers, has recognized nineteen partners of the Firm as leaders in their fields, including top rankings…

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Case Study

Hinckley Allen helps Law Warehouses Inc. reach $2.5 million settlement

Hinckley Allen attorneys Christopher H.M. Carter and Daniel M. Deschenes represented Law Warehouses, Inc. (LWI) in a lawsuit against the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission (NHSLC), which agreed to pay a $2.5 million settlement to LWI. This settlement is…

Case Study

Successful Prosecution of Energy Companies

Hinckley Allen’s Christopher Carter was successful in his representation of Freedom Logistics, PNE Energy Supply, Resident Power, and Halifax-American Energy Company, based in Auburn and known collectively as the Freedom Companies, in a lawsuit against …

Case Study

Warehousing, Distribution and Transportation Services for Liquor Control State’s Supplier and State Owned Spirits and Wine

A liquor control state issued requests for proposal to retain private warehouse, distribution and transportation providers to receive, store, ship and transport the state’s and its suppliers,’ licensees’ spirits and wine throughout the state. Hinckle…

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