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Christopher M. Dargie


Chris is a director and shareholder of Perkins Thompson, and a longstanding member of the firm’s business law practice group. His specific areas of practice include advice regarding the legal and business aspects of purchases and sales of businesses and business assets, advice for startups regarding business entity selection and organization, private securities offerings, advice for sellers and buyers in commercial transactions, general counsel services for businesses of all sizes and types, business immigration services, and contract negotiation and drafting services. Chris has extensive experience in the legal and business aspects of energy fuels marketing, and is well-versed in the rapidly evolving areas of crowdfunding and the use of LLCs.

Chris has a Martindale Hubbell “Distinguished” rating. He was named a “Rising Star” by Superlawyers Magazine in the area of Business/Corporate in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Some of Chris’s recent engagements include:

  • The representation of multiple startups in successful multi-state private securities offerings
  • General counsel services for multiple craft breweries
  • Company counsel for a Delaware biotech startup
  • The representation of a Maine company in its acquisition of agricultural assets from a publically traded corporation
  • The representation of a multinational conglomerate in its successful joint venture with a publically traded limited partnership
  • The representation of multiple shareholders in their negotiated exits from closely-held corporations
  • The representation of a large energy company in numerous purchase, sale, throughput and procurement transactions
  • The representation of a husband and wife in their acquisition of a large stake in a rapidly expanding craft distillery
  • The representation of the manufacturer of innovative action sports products in its organization and private securities offering
  • The representation of accredited investors in their acquisition of equity interests in various startup companies
  • The representation of various corporations and limited liability companies in all aspects of their formation and organization
  • The negotiation and drafting of complex limited liability company and shareholder agreements
  • The representation of a Canadian national in the successful processing of his E-2 investor visa
  • The representation of a multinational alternative energy startup in the successful processing of L-1 visas for its foreign executives, managers, and knowledge workers
  • The representation of the purchaser in its successful acquisition of a publishing business


University of Maine School of Law
J.D., cum laude | 2005

University of New Hampshire
B.A. , summa cum laude | 2002

Bar / Court Admissions

  • Maine | 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine | 2005


Publications / Seminars

  • Presenter, “Legal Issues for Startups” at Launch or Grow Business Success Conference (2014)
  • “Finding the Ways Through the Phase II Maze: Coastal Cold Weather MS4s and the EPA’s New Stormwater Regulatory Program,” 10 Ocean & Coastal L.J. 81, (2004-2005)

Service / Achievements

Chris is a certified SCORE mentor and regularly counsels SCORE’s Portland Chapter clients on various business topics, including business structure, startup considerations, operating issues and business planning. In 2016, he was named a SCORE Portland Co-Mentor of the Year. Chris also serves as treasurer and as a board member of the To the Top Foundation in Brunswick. In the recent past, he served as an executive committee and board member of the Tate House Museum in Portland and as a board member of Propel, Portland’s premier networking group for young professionals.


In his spare time, Chris can be found chasing after his two young daughters and participating in other endurance sports. He has summited Mount Kilimanjaro (el. 19,341) in Tanzania and completed many ultra-distance running, cross country skiing and cycling endeavors, including a recent 12-hour double crossing of the Grand Canyon (approx. 45 miles, 10,000′ el. gain 10,000′ el. loss). He also regularly competes in more traditional running events from 5K to marathon distance and logs thousands of miles per year on his bike.