Chris Newberg is an attorney and partner at Rodenhouse Law Group. He helps individuals and businesses in civil litigation, business, cannabis, intellectual property, and entertainment matters.
Since joining Rodenhouse Law Group in 2014, Chris has represented 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 discrimination, wage and hour, intellectual property, and business tort cases. In the state court system, Chris helps clients with cases of all shapes and sizes, ranging from contract matters to business disputes to real estate issues to cases involving fraud and theft. While much of his litigation experience comes from working on large-scale, complex lawsuits, there is no case too big or too small for Chris as he takes a great deal of pride in providing his services to individuals and businesses traditionally underserved by the legal community.
Outside of the courtroom, 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.
A large portion of Chris’ business practice involves working with cannabis businesses as they traverse Michigan’s complicated and ever-changing regulations. From the initial concept to the licensing phase, to the operational compliance phase, Chris’ legal experience along with his understanding of how cannabis businesses internally operate makes him an ideal advocate for clients in this new and exciting space.
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 Rodenhouse Law Group, 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 boy, traveling, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2014||05/11/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Deans List||Thomas M. Cooley Law Schoot||2013|
|Director||Michigan Music Alliance (501(c)(3))||2021 - Present|
|Attorney (Partner)||Rodenhouse Law Group||2014 - Present|
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|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|
|Courthouse News Service||Fired for Exposing Republican Hanky-Panky||2015|
|Courthouse News Service||Day Care Children Used in Porn, Mom Says||2015|
|Thomas M. Cooley Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||2014|
|Michigan State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2010|
|B Sides: Publishing and Copyright||Copyrights and Publishing for the Musician||2021|
|B Sides: Your Music Business||Business Formation and Planning for Musicians||2020|
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