As an attorney and policy director at Flaherty & Hood, P.A., Chris provides legal, public policy, financial, and statistical analysis in the areas of local and utility taxation, local government finance, economic development, and fiscal policy. He primarily serves local governments, economic development agencies, non-profits, and chambers of commerce.
After specializing in local government law in law and graduate school, Chris spent three years working at the League of Minnesota Cities as a student attorney. He then went to Washington, D.C. to help establish the “State and Local Programs Group” within the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the recently-created FDA Center for Tobacco Products. At Flaherty & Hood, P.A. Chris has researched and advocated for the historic reform of local government aid, researched and helped draft the “border-to-border” broadband legislation, and helped create many other economic development and tax proposals.
Chris has a degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004) and a J.D. and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota (2010). He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. He is the president of the American Constitution Society Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter and Minnesotans for the American Community Survey.