Chris Niekamp

Office Partner-in-Charge | Akron


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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
    Representative matters:
    • Blue Jay Communications, Inc., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Case No. 21-31915 (Blue Jay Communications, Inc. et al v. Ibex Funding Group, LLC et al, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Adv. Proc. Case No. 22-03055).  Represented The Huntington National Bank as secured Creditor in the Sub-Chapter V Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case and advocated for and successfully sought appointment as Sub-Chapter V Trustee to operate the Business after post confirmation default of Chapter 11 Plan.
    • The Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors of:  Patriot Converting, LLC, Tenth Judicial District, State of Minnesota, County of Sherburne, Case No. 71-CV-23-361 - Minnesota Assignment for Benefit of Creditors.  Represented secured lender in sale of business.
    • UGO (US), LLC v. UGO (US), LLC, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. CV-2023-06-1878.  Represented Debtor.  Ohio Dissolution and appointment of State Court Receiver to manage voluntary liquidation and sale of assets.
    • The Huntington National Bank v. Fourteen-Eight LLC, et al., Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 2022-CV-00830.  Represented secured lender and advocated for appointment of State Court Receiver to sell retail outlets.

    • 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
    • Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

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

    • Akron Area YMCA, Board of Trustees
    • Akron Art Museum, Board of Trustees
    • American Bankruptcy Institute, Committee Contributing Member of Preference Payment Defense Analysis
    • Turnaround Management Association
    • Leadership Akron Class 39
    Past Affiliations
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
      • Former member Unsecured Trade Creditor
    • Akron Community Foundation, Akron Civic Theater, Former Secretary
    • Kohl Family Downtown Akron YMCA, President, Board of Advisors (2020-2021)


    • American Bar Association
      • Corporate Law Section
    • Ohio State Bar Association
      • Corporation Law Committee
      • Real Estate Law Committee
    • Akron Bar Association
      • Real Property & Law Committee
      • Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Section
      • Business & Corporate Law Section, Former Chair (1994)
      • Treasurer (2019-2021)


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