Christopher M. Vaughn

Vaughn Christopher

Christopher Vaughn is counsel in Venable's Corporate Practice in the Baltimore office. He applies broad experience with international and domestic clients on a range of corporate transactional issues, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity financings. Christopher most recently served in the U.S. diplomatic corps as a foreign service officer in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he was based in the USAID/Ghana Mission and served as the primary transactional attorney for Power Africa and the Development Credit Authority in West Africa.

Prior to USAID, Christopher was associate general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), one of the world’s largest humanitarian relief organizations. He was primary transactional counsel for CRS in East Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia and helped establish their social impact investing operation. He also represented CRS before U.S. government agencies regarding U.S. sanctions and export matters and served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy – Sanctions Subcommittee. Prior to CRS, Christopher was an associate in the private equity and finance group at Vinson & Elkins in New York and Beijing and a senior associate in the corporate group at DLA Piper in Baltimore. Prior to his legal career, Christopher served in the United States Peace Corps in Kenya as a microfinance advisor.




  • J.D. International Business Law & China cum laude Tulane University Law School 2002
    • Articles Editor for Tul. J. Int’l. & Comp. Law.
  • M.I.A. International Economic Policy, Asian Studies & Chinese cum laude Columbia University 2002
    • U.S. Peace Corps Fellow
    • International Fellow
    • Editing Assistant for J. Int'l. Affairs
  • B.A. Business Management and Economics cum laude Washington College 1993
    • Douglas Cater Society of Junior Fellows
    • Editorial Staff for The Elm

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • New York
  • District of Columbia