Chris Niekamp

Office Partner-in-Charge | Akron (Fairlawn)


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    About Chris:

    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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    • Joined Buckingham as a Partner in 2021
    • Former Managing Partner at Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP

    • 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)


    • Ohio and Pennsylvania
    • United States District Courts in Ohio
    • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

    • Selected for inclusion in Ohio’s Super Lawyers® (2016-2023), as voted on by peers

    • Member, Akron Area YMCA Board of Trustees
    • Member, Akron Art Museum Board
    • 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


    • 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


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