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Christopher E Howard

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Practice Areas

Chris Howard's forte is in managing complex commercial transactions and development projects in time-sensitive environments, and in accessing all sectors of the capital markets. He focuses his practice on four main areas: the resort and hospitality industry, corporate finance and transactional representation, general counsel representation, and insurance regulatory and transactional matters. Chris heads Pierce Atwood's Arctic & North Atlantic practice.


Chris served a five-year term as chief administrative officer and general counsel at American Skiing Company, where he managed all of ASC's capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and resort development transactions. While at ASC, Chris was responsible for more than $1 billion in U.S. capital markets in financings ranging from as small as $30 million to as large as $350 million, structured the acquisition of SKI, Ltd., and the Steamboat Springs, Heavenly and Canyons resorts, and directly oversaw the development of seven major hotels ranging from 150,000 square feet to 580,000 square feet.

Professional Memberships

Member, Maine State and American Bar Associations; Board Member, Maine North Atlantic Development Office.


J.D. (magna cum laude), Cornell Law School, 1982; B.A. (magna cum laude), Bates College, 1979.