Chris has over 35 years of experience in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Well-known and respected, Chris has worked with wineries, vineyards, breweries, and distilleries for many years. He has represented foreign wine producers from Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Korea and South Africa, in acquiring and operating wineries and vineyards in Oregon, California and Washington. He has particular experience with transactions involving the purchase and sale of wineries and vineyards, formation of LLCs to own and operate wineries and vineyards, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, obtaining water rights and land use permits and approvals, advising owners on employment and termination agreements with winemakers, and drafting and negotiating grape purchase contracts, vineyard leases and custom crush, joint proprietorship, vineyard development and maintenance, and bottling and distribution agreements.
Oregon Winegrowers Association
Chris authored and now is the editor of the only comprehensive discussion of legal issues concerning the Oregon wine industry entitled, The Law of Wine – Oregon.
Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1976
Juris Doctor, Environmental and Natural Resources Certificate, University of Oregon, 1981