Chris L. Fotopoulos

Executive Vice President–Legal Real Estate

Chris is responsible for ensuring Verano’s dispensary and cultivation operations are in compliance with State and Federal laws. An attorney with thirteen years of legal experience representing local banks in commercial litigation disputes, commercial real estate clients in the purchase and sale of residential, commercial and industrial properties and developing corporate structure for privately held entities. Recently, Chris became an indispensable party to Ataraxia’s (now Verano Holdings) successful application to grow medicinal marijuana in Illinois under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. In 2015, Ataraxia became the first licensed cultivation center in Illinois to cultivate cannabis and remains today the benchmark of all cultivation centers in Illinois.

Chris was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in May 2005. He began his legal career as an in-house attorney for Resurgence Financial LLC, which at the time appeared on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. Chris has successfully negotiated the purchase of a $100 million-dollar credit card portfolio.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University and his Juris Doctor Degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. While in law school, Chris was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity in his first year and served as the Executive Justice of the Moot Court Honors Program in his second year. In his final year, Chris served as the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honors Program. In addition to serving on the board, Chris participated in numerous national moot court competitions. More notably, the Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitation Moot Court Competition and The John Marshall Law School’s International Privacy Law Competition. Chris is fluent in Modern Greek. He is active in the Greek Community and currently serves as a Council Member for the Hellenic American Leadership Counsel (HALC), an organization formed to emphasize civic leadership in Hellenic issues. He is also an active supporter of the American Heart Association.

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