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About Chris Barsness

Mr. Barsness is a 10 year business, corporate, and securities attorney and business management consultant.  Mr. Barsness has represented businesses and individuals in a wide variety of transactional matters. He works primarily in business, corporate, and real estate law. Mr. Barsness has worked as general counsel and chief financial officer for several publicly traded companies which has given him a unique insight into the real world needs of businesses. In addition, he has worked for law firms in the areas of business, contracts, employment, real estate, and securities law. Although he focuses primarily on transactional matters, Mr. Barsness has also successfully litigated cases involving contracts, real estate, and employment issues.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS

AIG, Wal-Mart, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Rite Aid, Auriga Laboratories (acted as general counsel), BioGold Fuels Corporation (acted as general counsel and chief financial officer), Gemini Environmental Corporation, various small and mid-sized public and private businesses

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Bankruptcy

  • Represent debtors in Chapter 7 and 13 cases and complex Chapter 11 reorganizations

Corporate Transactional

  • Contract Drafting for Product Acquisitions, General Commercial Contracts, Joint Venture Agreements
  • Organization Formation & Capitalization
  • Corporate Records/Minutes Drafting and Updating
  • Drafted Stock & Asset Purchase Agreements, Completed Corporate Due Diligence

Employment

  • Drafted & Implemented All Human Resource Documents
  • Negotiated and drafted employment contracts & separation agreements
  • Implemented & Administered Employee Equity Incentive & Stock Option Plans

Intellectual Property

  • International License & Supply Agreements
  • Work with outside counsel to assure trademark patent filing compliance and prosecution

Litigation

  • Plaintiff & Defendant Representation In Court, Mediation, Arbitration, & Trial
  • Taken & Defended Depositions
  • Managed Outside Counsel Litigation Caseload

Real Estate-

  • Litigated against major banks in state and federal district court
  • Obtained orders stopping foreclosure sales
  • Prosecuted and defended various real estate sale transaction issues, broker representation, predatory lending

Regulatory-  Assured FDA Compliance for Medical Device Medicare Reimbursement and Pharmaceutical Sales

Securities & Finance

            Issuer Representation-

  • Drafted & Filed Registration Statements, Responded to SEC Comments
  • Prepared & Filed all 33’ and 34’ Act Periodic, Current, and Section 16 Filings
  • Assured compliance with NASD/FINRA regulations
  • Implemented Corporate Governance & Exchange Listing Standards Compliance
  • Sarbanes Oxley/Dodd Frank/JOBS Act Compliance & Implementation

           Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Completed Private to Private and Private to Public Reverse Mergers
  • Completed Mergers & Acquisition of Various Companies- Stock & Asset Purchases

            Private Equity

  • Drafted Transaction Documents And Closed Over $10 million in PIPE Transactions

            Secured Lending

  • Drafted Documents & Closed over $5 million in Various Debentures, Convertible Notes

ADMISSIONS & LICENSES

State Bar of California
United States District Court – Central District of California, Eastern District of California

California Department of Real Estate- Real Estate Broker

EDUCATION

University of San Diego, Juris Doctorate

University of San Diego, Master of Business Administration, emphasis in Finance

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Justice Studies