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Attorney Chris Newberg works with area businesses and individuals, offering inventive solutions to a variety of complex legal issues.  Balancing his practice between strategic planning and civil litigation, he offers his clients a comprehensive range of legal advice and representation.

Chris specializes in representing those in the “creative class.”  He works with individuals and businesses in the fields of art, entertainment, advertising, communications, digital media, cyberspace, emerging technologies, and intellectual property creation.  His approach to the practice of law accounts for changing trends in business ownership, technological development, and protection into the future.  With entrepreneurial experience himself, Chris understands both the legal and practical aspects of business.  He also has considerable experience in the entertainment industry, having represented and negotiated deals with bands, actors, record labels, publishing companies, production companies, distributors and more.

Practice Areas

General Civil Litigation
Entertainment Law
Media & Communications Law
Intellectual Property Law
Business Planning & Litigation
Contract Law
Estate Planning

About Chris

As a West Michigan native, Chris is an avid great-lakes boater and fisherman.  Chris is also a music fanatic.  He spends much of his free time talking about, listening to, or creating music.  Chris currently plays guitar and keyboards in the nationally touring and recording country band, Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys.  His experience in the music industry has not only provided him with an outlet for creative expression, but it has also given him an inside view of the entertainment business.

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Chris has been immersed in the world of business ownership and management from birth.  At age fifteen he entered the world of self-employment, dealing with elderly housing associations to secure seasonal landscaping contracts.  Since then, his passion for business has only grown.  His recent ventures include a retail merchandising company with Fortune 500 service contracts, a successful and growing music publishing library, and an online retail store specializing in specialty clothing.

Professional Associations

State Bar of Michigan
Grand Rapids Bar Association
Federal District Court – Western District of Michigan
Grand Rapids Young Professionals
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity – Michigan Beta