Chris Palmer is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Financial Institutions Group and is the leader of the Business Law Department in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.
For more than 25 years, Mr. Palmer has worked with insurance companies, mutual funds, mutual fund independent directors, investment advisers and other investment management industry participants on a wide range of legal, regulatory and compliance, and governance matters. He advises clients on the development, regulatory approval, sale and administration of a variety of investment products, including registered and unregistered funds and variable and fixed life insurance and annuity contracts. He advises mutual fund independent directors on legal, governance and industry practice issues. He works with the Goodwin Procter litigation team on securities and insurance litigation cases as well as SEC examinations and enforcement matters.[[Read More Delimiter]]
Mr. Palmer is annually recognized nationwide by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Investment Funds: Registered Funds category, where clients noted that he is a “problem solver” who “deals with issues almost before they arise.”
As counsel for numerous insurance companies, mutual funds, independent directors, investment advisers and other industry participants, Mr. Palmer’s recent work includes:
Mr. Palmer has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 and U.S. News-Best Lawyers. In law school, Mr. Palmer served as an article editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 51 Practice AreasMay 27, 2016
The Legal 500 United States 2015 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 26 Practice AreasJune 4, 2015
Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 48 Practice AreasMay 19, 2015
The Legal 500 United States 2014 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 20 Practice AreasJune 30, 2014
Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 48 Practice AreasMay 23, 2014
The Legal 500 United States 2013 Recognizes Goodwin in 18 Practice AreasJune 13, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 42 Practice AreasMay 24, 2013
Mr. Palmer was a partner at Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin Procter in 2004. He served as a court law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1986 to 1987.
Mr. Palmer is a frequent speaker at mutual fund and variable insurance products webinars and conferences. His presentations and publications include:
SEC Releases Risk Alert Related to Outsourcing of Chief Compliance Officer Duties by Investment Advisers and Investment CompaniesNovember 11, 2015
2015 IDC Fund Directors ConferenceOctober 26, 2015
Independent Directors Council Fund Directors ConferenceNovember 3, 2014Chicago, IL
"Contract Renewal: Shaking Up the Status Quo: How Private Litigants and Regulators Are Changing the Rules of the Game"May 4, 2011Washington, D.C.
"Fundamentals for Newer Directors"October 25, 2010Chicago, IL
"The Impact of Dodd-Frank on Mutual Funds"October 8, 2010Washington, D.C.
Goodwin Procter Secures Complete Dismissal for John Hancock in Third Circuit ERISA CaseMay 1, 2015
Goodwin Litigators Secure Second Circuit Win for Mutual Fund Trustees in Shareholder Derivative SuitDecember 11, 2013
Chambers USA 2012 Recognizes Goodwin Procter in 41 Practice AreasJune 7, 2012