Chris Niekamp

  • Areas of Practice

    • Litigation
    • Business
    • Finance Law
    • Nonprofit & Foundation
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy

I engage in a diverse Commercial and Corporate Law practice.  I represent banks, businesses, debtors and creditors in all phases of commercial litigation, bankruptcy and collection matters, along with contract and acquisition opportunities, ventures, product and brand development.


I have experience handling large and small Chapter 11 cases on behalf of Secured Lenders, Debtors, the Creditors’ Committee and the Trustee. I have represented numerous large and small companies in issues ranging from start-up through dissolution, employment law issues, collection, real estate litigation, real estate acquisition, commercial lease documentation, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder disputes. I have experience handling commercial and residential foreclosures and has negotiated and prepared documents for corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, wind down, forbearance agreements, condominium documents, commercial leases, non-profit 501 (c)(3) documents, employment agreements, shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, and close corporation agreements.


In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law experience, I have a niche practice in Entertainment Law. I am a member of IR Global’s international professional network, which allows me to better serve my clients in cases with a national or international nexus by drawing on expertise from jurisdictions around the world.


Christopher J. Niekamp

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  • Experience
      • Joined Buckingham as a Partner in 2021
      • Former Managing Partner at Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP
  • Education & Admissions
      • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1990)
      • University of Western Ontario School of Law (Exchange program)
      • Miami University (B.S., Business Administration, 1987)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio and Pennsylvania
      • United States District Courts in Ohio
      • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Awards & Honors
      • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2016-2023), as voted on by peers
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • American Bankruptcy Institute
        • Member Unsecured Trade Creditor
        • Committee Contributing Member of Preference Payment Defense Analysis
      • Commercial Law League of America
      • Akron Community Foundation – Akron Civic Theater Former Secretary
      • Kohl Family Downtown Akron YMCA – President Board of Advisors 2020-2021
      • Turnaround Management Association
      • Member, Leadership Akron Class 39
    • Associations
      • American Bar Association
        • Corporate Law Section
      • Ohio State Bar Association
        • Corporation Law Committee
        • Real Estate Law Committee
      • Akron Bar Association
        • Former Chair, Business & Corporate Law Section, 1994
        • Treasurer 2019-2021
        • Real Property & Law Committee
        • Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <ul> <li>Exploring a Hybrid Future: Adapting Business models to succeed in the new norma<em>l, IR Global,</em> April 14, 2022</li> <li><a href="">Rights of Minority Shareholders in a Closely-Held Corporation </a></li> </ul>