Christopher E. Palmer

Christopher E. Palmer

Partner Washington, DC Business Law Leader
Christopher E. Palmer

Chris Palmer is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry Practice 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 litigation team on securities and insurance litigation cases as well as SEC examinations and enforcement matters.

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:

  • Advising insurance companies on new and revised life and annuity products, in response to market and regulatory changes since the financial crisis
  • Working with funds, fund sponsors and fund independent directors on new funds including alternative strategies, fund mergers and investment strategy changes
  • Helping insurance companies and investment advisers on new funds and advisory programs for the retirement and institutional marketplaces
  • Working with clients and the SEC staff on exemptive orders, no-action letters, registration statements and examinations
  • Advising clients on mutual fund and variable product litigation and enforcement matters
Professional Experience

Mr. Palmer was a partner at Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin 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 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.

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J.D., 1986
Georgetown University Law Center

(magna cum laude)

B.A., 1982
St. John's University (Minnesota)

(egregia cum laude)


1986 to 1987 U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit



District of Columbia


U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
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