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Charles Christopher Newberg

Litigation Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

5.0   4 reviews

also known as C. Christopher Newberg, Chris Newberg

  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Experience in litigating state and federal business, contract, tort, real property, and insurance disputes for both plaintiffs and defendants. I have considerable experience with highly-complex cases and fact patterns, although I also take on a number of smaller cases for plaintiffs who have been wronged by others.

    10 years

  2. Business
    From the courtroom to the boardroom, Chris works with Michigan businesses on a variety of formation, governance, compliance, employment, transactional, and related legal matters. He helps dozens of clients start and structure new businesses every yea

    10 years

  3. Entertainment
    General advocate for the creative class. Experience with all sorts of entertainment contracts, publishing administration, copyright, and royalties. Artists' rights advocate and protector of intellectual property rights. Music is my primary focus and I help clients structure their business and plan for future success.

    10 years

Chris Newberg is an attorney at Kuiper Kraemer PC in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris helps individuals and businesses work through a wide range of legal issues, including pursing and defending lawsuits, overseeing complex business transactions, drafting and reviewing contracts, and working through intellectual property and entertainment deals.

Chris represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of disputes throughout Michigan and beyond. He has considerable experience in the federal court system, representing clients in employment, intellectual property, insurance, and business cases. In the state court system, Chris helps clients with cases of all shapes and sizes, ranging from collections cases to insurance claims to partnership disputes to personal injury/wrongful death matters to cases involving allegations of fraud and theft. While much of his litigation experience comes from working on large, complex lawsuits, there is no case too big or too small for Chris.

From the courtroom to the boardroom, Chris works with Michigan businesses on a variety of formation, governance, compliance, employment, transactional, and related legal matters. He helps dozens of clients start and structure new businesses every year and frequently works with those same clients as their companies grow and evolve. Chris works very closely with the governing boards and executive staff of corporate clients on a wide range of various legal matters that come up in the course of business, ranging from ground level HR matters to multi-million-dollar mergers and acquisitions.

Chris is one of Michigan’s few entertainment attorneys with actual, first-hand experience in the entertainment industry. Chris knows that to properly represent entertainers, you must not only know the law, but also the business. That’s where he starts to separate from the pack. For over the past decade, Chris has traveled the country as the lead guitarist for Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys, which has given him invaluable perspective and experience concerning the operations of all sides of the music industry. At Kuiper Kraemer, he combines that experience with his experience in business planning and civil litigation to provide his clients with unparalleled insight and advice. Whether it’s helping a new artist get started in business, working through complex intellectual property licensing issues, or negotiating publishing and record deals, Chris is more than qualified to help.

Chris grew up in Rockford, Michigan, and is now raising a family with his wife on the west side of Grand Rapids. He is a graduate and devoted fan of Michigan State University. After attending MSU, he received his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. When he’s not working, Chris enjoys playing music, playing with his rambunctious little boys, traveling, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kuiper Kramer PC
180 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

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Posted by Scott | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Civil suit. Not sure what this means
I first contacted Mr. Newberg through an attorney referral service here in Grand Rapids, MI cocernining a civil suit being brought against me for a large amount of debt. Needless to say I was very concerned about the case being brought against me. After my first consultation with Chris I was feeling a bit more relieved about being able to settle this case before it even went to court. The fees charged were very fair and he even did a lot of consulting with me and back and forth with the plaintiff before any fees were brought up. Chris did an amazing job at getting my case settled at a fraction of the debt owed. Next time you hear an attorney joke, don’t laugh because the job Mr. Newberg did for me was no joke. Amazing job, treated me with respect through the whole process. I highly recommend Mr. Newberg for any legal services you need. Thanks Chris!
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
When I was arrested for violating the Grand Rapids noise ordinance last October, I hired Chris to help me navigate the legal repercussions. Throughout the process, Chris provided excellent counsel with speed, clarity, and tact. In the end, he negotiated a deal with the city attorney to have my case dropped in exchange for a modest amount of community service. Having never dealt with the justice system before, Chris served as an invaluable source of calm through an otherwise anxiety inducing period. I would highly recommend him to anyone requiring legal advice and/or representation in the West Michigan area. Thanks for everything, Chris!
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Posted by Jake | January 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Lease Agreement Contract Negotiations
My wife and were in need of Legal advice regarding the handling of our Lease, or lack thereof, as we could not reach an agreement with our Property Management Agency on our next year's lease for various reasons. We felt we were being taken advantage of to say the least. I was introduced to Chris through a Veteran's legal assistance program with which Chris was aligned. Chris helped us over the phone, at no charge, navigate the through our lease concerns several times as the situation developed. As the Agency continued to escalated the issue we would have felt very helpless without Chris' advice. In the end, we actually hired Chris and his Firm to negotiate directly for us we had to depart the state for another job. Chris expertly represented us and our concerns against the much more formidably funded Agency. In the end Chris was able to get the Agency to drop all their frivolous claims and pay us back all our deposits owed without having to go to court. For my wife and I, having Chris was well worth every penny we recovered from negotiation and then some; however, the icing on the cake was that his Firm's ultimate billing for matter was extremely reasonable and far less than I expected for his First Class Service. Chris really new the applicable laws as well as the statutory timing requirements for leases and used them to our advantage to essentially "win" the negotiations for us. He wrote letters for us and negotiated directly with the Agency and their lawyers. He maintained outstanding communications as we moved out of state and kept us informed and promptly had both our returned lease deposits and vast majority of our retainer fees returned to us. Working with Chris made an otherwise stressful situation as stress free as possible. If I ever have any legal questions or issues in the future, Chris will be my first call and I suggest anyone reading this consider doing the same. Thanks again Chris!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2015
Wealth of Knowledge in the Music and Entertainment Industry
I've worked with Chris for many years now in and around the entertainment business both as an entertainer and an attorney. He's been a part of the industry himself and has can put himself in the shoes of his clients. Unlike most lawyers, Chris gained a good deal of his "real-world" knowledge from years of touring, recording, and working with major record labels, agents, and publishers. His understanding of the nuances of music publishing is a rare find outside of the major music hubs. He's shared that knowledge with me and many others as we try to find ways to monetize our music. Now that he is transitioning into the role of an entertainment attorney, I would absolutely recommend him to anyone seeking not only invaluable industry insight but also competent legal representation. The best thing is, he's passionate about music and the business of music so he's always willing to talk. Definitely the best music attorney I can think of as we transition into a new age of music.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-425 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kuiper Kramer PC
  • 2022 - Present
  • Board Member & Treasurer
  • Michigan Music Alliance (501(c)(3))
  • 2021 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rodenhouse Law Group
  • 2014 - 2022


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Various Anonymous Renters


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Broadcast Music, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Deans List
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2013


Speaking Engagements

  • B-Side Workshop: Start Your LLC
  • Start Your LLC
  • 2022
  • B Sides: Publishing and Copyright
  • Copyrights and Publishing for the Musician
  • 2021
  • B Sides: Your Music Business
  • Business Formation and Planning for Musicians
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Charles
Litigation Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mr. Newburg while his was an extern still in law school. He was always well-prepared, and came up with excellent memorandums and drafts of documents. I was, and still am, always impressed with the quality of his work. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
General practice Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Newberg since he came onboard at my firm. His work ethic is outstanding as well as his knowledge of the law. He genuinely cares about his clients needs and I would recommend him to anyone that has a need for legal services. I am proud to call him a colleague."
Criminal defense
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