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Chris Monroe: Chris is an attorney at Verrill Dana and a retired Commander in the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Chris enjoyed a successful military career spanning more than two decades. As commanding officer of a Bath-built AEGIS destroyer, Chris led a 300-person crew during a large-scale disaster relief operation following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Chris also served in a diverse range of influential positions ashore including as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon and as the Maritime Branch Chief at United States Central Command. In this capacity, Chris planned, organized, and monitored current military operations throughout the Middle East.
Chris earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he participated in a collaborative research project examining China’s evolving military strategy and the changing security environment throughout the Asia-Pacific region. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He currently lives aboard a boat in Portland Harbor and maintains a permanent residence in the mid-coast region of Maine.
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