Christine (Chris) Amrhein

Of Counsel

(303) 295-9700

camrhein@fortislawpartners.com

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Christine (Chris) Amrhein specializes in corporate law, complex commercial transactions, global business and legal strategy, and helping companies efficiently manage legal operations.  She has over 30 years of legal and executive-level experience in multiple industries, including energy, healthcare software and technology, e-commerce, and global manufacturing. 

Chris handles complex commercial transactions as well as general legal operations, healthcare and e-commerce processing agreements, strategic alliances, global supply, and intellectual property license agreements. She also has extensive experience counseling business colleagues on practical ways to address legal issues, launch new products and services globally, and implement training and compliance programs.  

Previously, Chris served as General Counsel of Advanced Emissions Solutions (NASDAQ: ADES) and has held legal and business leadership roles at The Timken Company, First Data and TriZetto (now Cognizant). Her wide breadth of hands-on experience gives her in-depth knowledge of the wide range of commercial and legal issues that can impact a business and solutions to address them.  

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law (25+ years in-house, 9+ years private practice; multi-industry, multi-national expertise)

  • Global Business & Legal Strategy

  • Complex Commercial Transactions

  • Technology and IP Development, Transfer, Licensing and Deployment

  • Healthcare Industry Software, SAAS and Other Technology Solutions

  • Electronic Commerce, Payment and Mobile Solutions

  • International Manufacturing and Distribution

  • Sales and Purchase Agreements

  • Product Development and Intellectual Property Asset Management

  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures (Domestic and International)

  • Domestic and International Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

  • Governance, Risk Management, and Crisis Management

  • Legal and Compliance Training for Business People

  • Legal Operations and Efficiency

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado

  • Ohio – Inactive

Education

  • Executive Program, University of Virginia

          –     Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

  • Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh

          –     Pitt Law Alumni Scholarship

          –     Honors, legal writing

  • Master of Arts, University of Exeter, England

          –     Rotary Scholarship

  • Bachelor of Arts, Allegheny College, Magna Cum Laude

          –     Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Women’s Corporate Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • Winner – Denver Business Journal Top Women in Energy – 2016

  • Center for Creative Leadership: “Leadership at the Peak” – 2014

  • “Leader of the Pack” (2004) and “Guardian of Excellence” – 2005

    • First Data Corporation

  • “Transformation 2000” leadership team – The Timken Company

Speeches & Publications

  • Nailing Down a SaaS Service Contract, July 2020

  • The Top 5 SaaS Data Security and Privacy Compliance Risks, July 2020

  • The Ins and Outs of SaaS Platforms, July 2020

  • Continuing Legal Education Faculty Presenter

  • Presenter at Fortis Law Partners Lunch & Learn Series

  • “Cyber Planning – Phishing & Hacking & Data Breach “OH MY!” – 2017

  • “Operating and Shareholder Agreements – The Nuts & Bolts and How They Hold Things Together” – 2016

  • Patent Indemnification: Exemplary Clauses and the Realities of Enforcing Them – 2013

  • Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA – 2013

  • Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right – Negotiating Contracts Internally and Externally

  • Annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Denver, CO

  • IP Budgeting for Middle Market Companies From “Getting Started” to “Continuous Improvement” – 2012

  • Anatomy of a Software as a Service Deal – 2011