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Overview

Clients moving forward with mergers and acquisitions rely on Chris to handle the end-to-end agreements that limit liability and bring plans to fruition.

Chris focuses his practice on helping clients large and small in transportation, manufacturing, retail, energy and aviation, among other sectors. He drafts, negotiates and reviews end-to-end deals including subsidiary reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Known for his responsiveness, Chris walks clients through strategies that best align with individual company goals. Chris provides a range of commercial transactions, including:

  • Distribution agreements
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Service and master service agreements
  • Vendor agreements
  • Sales and lease agreements
  • Software/hardware/technology contracts
  • Procurement agreements
  • Real estate purchase agreements

In addition to his corporate law practice, clients appreciate that Chris served as associate general counsel to a regional retail and energy company. He’s familiar with the day-to-day legal demands that businesses face and he brings this understanding to each deal and every client.


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Services

Recognition

  • Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy Fellow, 2015-2016

Education

  • J.D., University of Nebraska College of Law
    • with Distinction
    • Nebraska Law Review, Senior Member, Executive Editor
  • M.B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business
  • B.S., Brigham Young University
    • Economics major, Business Management minor

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Indiana
  • Nebraska

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
Experience

Business Acquisitions and Dispositions

  • Represented purchaser of car wash business in acquisition of equipment, building and commercial real estate.
  • Navigated 14 shareholders of manufacturing company in stock divestiture.
  • Represented retail client in $6.5M asset divestiture, including transferring of franchise rights, inventory, equipment, buildings and real estate.
  • Represented service company in asset acquisition with earnout based on future revenue.
  • Represented regional transportation company in asset acquisition and transfer of operational authority from state public service commission.
  • Represented retail company in all phases of asset disposition, including negotiating lease assignment.

Commercial Transactions

  • Negotiated exclusive and nonexclusive distribution agreements with domestic and foreign manufacturers on behalf of scientific instrument distribution company.
  • Settled environmental matter and coordinated remediation services with environmental consultant.
  • Represented regional equipment distributor in subcontract agreement with general contractor in prime contract with municipal client.
  • As part of larger team, reviewed, revised and negotiated multiple procurement contracts for international equipment provider.
  • Assisted in reviewing and revising numerous credit card processing agreements with large national companies.

Commercial Real Estate

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of two commercial properties for $1,500,000+.
  • Represented client in successful rezoning application before local and county governmental bodies.
  • As part of larger team, implemented acquisition of 100+ acres of real estate for development of light industrial and residential planned unit development (PUD) .
  • Represented real estate holding company in lease with large out-of-state corporation for $10M development of senior living facilities, from city zoning compliance, project oversight to company affiliate lease rights.
  • Represented regional transportation company in all phases of leasing commercial property with 5-year option to purchase.
Outside the Office

With a deep interest in aviation, Chris is in the process of earning his private pilot license. He’s traveled to more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic and Spain. He and his wife are also the proud parents of five thriving children.

Community Leadership

Chris gives back to his community.

Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout in his teens, Chris went on to serve as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster from 2012 through 2017 with the Boy Scouts of America. He also volunteered his time and talents to a transitional women’s shelter, Fresh Start, Inc, from 2016 to 2018, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. Chris is currently active in his church.