Chris is a proud graduate of La Salle Institute, a military preparatory school in Troy, New York, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology. After completing some graduate work, he decided to change his focus to the practice of law, attending Albany Law School of Union University. During his tenure, he interned with the NYS Department of Health’s Medicaid Fraud Division and Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau. He also worked with the New York State Bar Association in the publications and CLE units, while also clerking with a personal injury firm. Soon thereafter, his practice focus changed when he became interested in personal injury law, and after joining a local firm dedicated to personal injury and family law, he assumed considerable responsibility for the firm’s matters, including the firm’s appellate practice in those practice areas.
At Flink Smith, Chris initially concentrated on insurance defense work, but rapidly expanded his practice into various legal matters presented by the firm’s clients, including plaintiff’s personal injury, real estate, vehicle and traffic and criminal defense matters. A large portion of his practice also focuses on toxic torts, including lead and chemicals, for both defendants and persons who have been exposed to such substances.
Chris has also dedicated to the firm’s active matrimonial and family practice. Most recently, he has completed collaborative practice and mediation training, to offer clients a more diverse range of options in solving what can be the most difficult and emotional issue in their lives. Collaborative practice uses the assistance of various mental health and financial experts to provide support services the parties need. It combines the use of these experts with the dedication and commitment of the parties to come to a more personal and healthy resolution of the dispute. Surprisingly, this can all be accomplished at a reduced cost to the potential litigants.
Chris has taken cases to trial in the personal injury, matrimonial and family law fields.
Chris is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. Chris has lectured for both the New York State Bar Association and National Business Institute on various personal injury topics.
Chris is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, its Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the New York Trial Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute. In the matrimonial field, Chris is a member of International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Collaborative Divorce Association of the Capital District, and is a founding member of Adirondack Alternative Divorce Solutions, Inc.