Chris Bollinger concentrates his practice on matters relating to intellectual property transactions and licensing, including contracts and matters involving trademark and copyright, technology law, e-commerce, and computer and Internet law. His prior experience as a software engineer informs his legal practice and allows Chris to provide his clients with in-depth and nuanced advice on a wide range of technology, IP, compliance and “e­” related issues. Chris crafts legal and business solutions to fit the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex digital marketplace—and the unique needs of his clients.

In addition to his work with hardware, software, financial, and technology companies, Chris provides guidance to corporate clients across the business spectrum, including many in the manufacturing, consumer product, energy, telecom, medical device, biotech, electronic, and industrial service sectors.

  • Experience

    • Licensing: Drafting and reviewing agreements for the licensing and transfer of patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Advising on complex licensing issues for joint venture, product development, and joint development arrangements.
    • E-Commerce & Internet: Advising clients on compliance, electronic contracting, social media and e-commerce issues, including reviewing/auditing client web sites. Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to web services, cloud computing, website development and hosting, including Service Level Agreements.
    • Software & Services: Drafting and negotiating agreements relating to the development, transfer and licensing of hardware and software technology. Counseling clients on complex software-related issues, including issues relating to open source software, Software as a Service (SaaS) agreements, and ASP arrangements. Extensive experience with consulting services agreements and contracts relating to the development and implementation of software systems.
    • Data & Technology: Drafting and reviewing agreements relating to data transfer, data protection and the procurement of information technology resources. Experience in preparing confidentiality and distributor agreements, data and content licenses, API agreements, telecom agreements, strategic alliance agreements, and research and development agreements.
    • Transactions: Providing advice on the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and the commercialization and transfer of intellectual property. Extensive experience directing and conducting intellectual property due diligence for large corporate transactions.
    • Media & Merchandising: Negotiating consumer product licensing, merchandising, and promotional agreements involving famous brands and characters. Experience working with a variety of major consumer product, media, and entertainment companies.
    • Advertising: Counseling clients on issues relating to advertising law, rights of publicity, ad clearance, sweepstakes, and contests. Negotiating promotion agreements for the use of celebrity likenesses and endorsements, including social media influencer contracts and branding guidelines. Experience drafting rules for promotions conducted on Facebook®, Twitter®, and Instagram®, and Pinterest®.
    • Copyright and Content Development: Providing advice on publishing and content issues, including drafting and negotiating publishing and content distribution agreements. Counseling clients with respect to copyright issues involving websites and user generated content, including issues relating to screen scraping and online contests.
    • Privacy: Advising clients on privacy issues involving contracts and transactions. Crafting web site privacy policies. Negotiating agreements with data vendors and processors to address data security issues and privacy law requirements.
    • Trademark & Prosecution: Counseling clients regarding the adoption of brands and trademark clearance. Preparing and prosecuting trademark applications.
    • FinTech: Advising clients on blockchain issues and negotiating agreements for use of blockchain technology.
  • Credentials


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1992, cum laude
    • University of Michigan, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1989, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
        • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Section of Intellectual Property Law (IP Transactions & Licensing Committee, Software & Cloud Computing Committee), Section of Science & Technology Law (E-Privacy Law Committee)
          • Chicago Bar Association, Computer Law Section
        • Insights

          News Release

          Schiff Advises Cresset in Merger with Berman Capital Advisors

          Schiff Hardin LLP advised Cresset Asset Management, LLC in its merger with Berman Capital Advisors, LLC, creating a $19.8 billion multi-family office serving clients from 11 offices across the country.

          News Release

          Schiff Represents The Global LPG Partnership on Licensing Agreement with Gas Technology Institute for BioLPG Development

          Schiff Hardin provided pro bono representation to The Global LPG Partnership, a non-profit organization backed by the United Nations that helps communities adopt liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for clean cooking, in its licensing agreement with Gas Technology Institute (GTI) for its Cool LPG technology.

          News Release

          Schiff Counsels Altaris on its $1.55B Acquisition of Padagis

          Schiff advised Altaris Capital Partners, LLC on its acquisition of Padagis LLC, formerly the generic prescription pharmaceuticals business of Perrigo Company plc, for $1.55 billion.

          News Release

          Schiff Advises Paramit Corporation in $1B Acquisition by The Tecan Group

          Altaris Capital Partners, LLC has announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Paramit Corporation to The Tecan Group for $1 billion.

          News Release

          Schiff Advises Houston Wire & Cable Company in $91M Acquisition by OmniCable

          Schiff Hardin represented Houston Wire & Cable Company (HWCC) in its agreement to be acquired by OmniCable, LLC for $91 million. HWCC is one of the largest distributors of wire, cable, and fastener products in the U.S. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.

          News Release

          Schiff Counsels Snap-on in $200M Acquisition of Dealer-FX Group, Inc.

          Schiff represented Snap-on Incorporated in its approximately $200 million cash purchase of Dealer-FX Group, Inc., a leading developer, marketer, and provider of service operations software solutions for automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers and their dealers.

          News Release

          Schiff Advises Altaris on its Agreement to Acquire $1.55 Billion Perrigo’s Prescription Pharmaceuticals Business

          Schiff Hardin LLP represented Altaris Capital Partners, LLC, a private investment firm focused on the healthcare industry, in its agreement to acquire Perrigo Company plc’s prescription pharmaceuticals business (Rx) for $1.55 billion.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Advises Tuthill Corporation in Sale of Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems for $184 Million

          Schiff Hardin represented its long-standing client Tuthill Corporation, in the sale of its Tuthill Vacuum and Blower Systems division to Ingersoll Rand Inc. for $184 million dollars, completed January 31, 2021.

          News Release

          Eighty-One Attorneys Named to 2021 Leading Lawyers

          Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 81 attorneys named to the 2021 Leading Lawyers list.

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Advises Kimball International, Inc. in the Acquisition of Poppin, Inc. for $110 Million

          Schiff Hardin LLP is advising Kimball International, Inc., a leading design driven furniture manufacturer, in the acquisition of Poppin, Inc., a tech-enabled B2B commercial furniture design company, for $110 million with potential for additional contingent payments equal to $70 million.

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Intellectual Property Protection for Software,” Schiff Hardin Conference (Dec. 2016)
          • “Intellectual Property Considerations for Design Firms,” Schiff Hardin Conference (Jun. 2015)
          • “Managing Cyber­risk and Measures to Ensure Data Security,” Schiff Hardin 2014 Financial Services Regulation Roundtable (Sep. 2014)
          • “In the Cloud: Seeking a Clearer View of Cloud Computing,” Schiff Hardin Webinar (Feb. 2011)
        • Awards & Honors

          • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2009-2021)