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A private pilot, former in-house counsel and corporate attorney, Chris helps airlines, renewable energy developers and other corporate clients navigate complex commercial transactions.

Clients in transportation, manufacturing, retail, renewable energy and aviation – among other industries – turn to Chris for general corporate counsel and commercial contracting. An experienced corporate attorney, Chris helps executives actualize ideas while mitigating legal risk. Chris is known for breaking down legal details of the most ambitious client projects while keeping long-range client goals in range. Chris advises on, drafts, negotiates, reviews and shepherds a broad variety of transactions, including:

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

Chris counsels clients on corporate governance and day-to-day operations in addition to assisting them with subsidiary reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Clients value that Chris served as associate general counsel to a regional retail and energy company. He’s familiar with the legal demands that businesses face and brings this understanding to each deal and every client.




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


  • 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


  • Missouri
  • Nebraska

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Network, a division of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

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.
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Outside the Office

With a deep interest in aviation, Chris has earned his Private Pilot Certificate. 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, is on the board of directors for the Downtown Springfield Association, and connects with the Springfield start-up community by volunteering his time at the efactory with Missouri State University.

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