Christopher R. Walker
Christopher draws on his legal, business and technology experience to advise entrepreneurs, mid-sized companies, large corporations, private equity firms, institutional investors and financial institutions on a range of corporate transactions and financings. He regularly negotiates and drafts merger and acquisition agreements, including purchase agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, direction letters and funds-flow statements. Christopher also manages all aspects of transactional due diligence and associated document collection, analysis and dissemination, as well as post-closing and transition matters.
Christopher regularly drafts contracts related to transactions and financings, including licensing, purchase, sale, technology and marketing agreements, master services agreements, statements of work and work orders, as well as non-disclosure, invention assignment, confidentiality and employment agreements, and consulting, professional service, independent contractor and staffing agreements.
Christopher has a deep understanding of federal and state banking and financial regulations, and has advised clients on a range of commercial and corporate finance matters. He has conducted due diligence research and prepared documentation on issues of attachment, perfection and priority of security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, as well as for loan restructurings and modifications, forbearance agreements and other workout arrangements. He also has initiated litigation and conducted collection activities on behalf of clients.
Well versed in technology and intellectual property issues, Christopher has performed IP clearance searches and analyses, drafted licensing agreements to facilitate the monetization of IP portfolios, and guided clients through the complex rules and procedures of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In the continually expanding arena of e-commerce, he works with clients to develop solid, effective website terms and conditions, privacy policies and shopping cart provisions, ensure compliance with relevant federal and state laws, and protect his clients’ business investments. He has also represented clients in dispute-resolution proceedings before federal and state courts and agencies such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO.
While in law school, Christopher served as a judicial extern for Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and on the staff of the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. He received the CALI Award for Torts and was named a Howard T. Markey Distinguished Scholar every year while earning his law degree. Christopher has written articles on misappropriation of trade secrets, false patent marketing litigation and other subjects relating to the development, protection and defense of creative assets.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Christopher was a partner at a technology services and consulting firm, where he was responsible for all network design, implementation and end-user service contracts.
Christopher is committed to helping children and families obtain important legal services, regardless of their ability to pay. He served as chair of the Wisconsin Guardianship Clinic, a joint program of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee County Guardianship Assistance Program, where he coordinated volunteer participation in the clinic and worked with other coordinators to help needy families navigate the guardianship process for their minor children and developmentally disabled adult children.