Christopher B. Carson

President and CEO
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D. (Honors - Legal Research and Writing), University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1985
  • B.A., cum laude, Dickinson College, 1982

Chris has been the Firm’s President and CEO since January 1, 2016 and is also a Director in the Business Transactions Services Sector at Cohen & Grigsby. Chris serves as trusted legal counsel and strategic business advisor to a diverse client base – from global companies to privately held entities – in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, licensing transactions and general corporate law. Chris has particular experience with companies in the basic manufacturing, pharmaceutical and chemicals industries.


Chris’ broad portfolio of business and tax transactions includes auction-based matters, negotiated mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and corporate finance. He counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions and various business operational issues, including asset and stock acquisitions and sales and business combinations.


Chris is actively involved in the community and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh; Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Duquesne Club.

Chris is an ex officio member of Cohen & Grigsby’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and previously served for four years as the Firm’s Vice President of Strategic Planning and Talent Development and as chair of the Firm’s Recruiting and Talent Management Committees and the Firms corporate practice before being elected to President and CEO in May of 2015.

Honors and Achievements

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list