Kevin Christopher

Kevin Christopher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Chattanooga, TN

Rockridge Venture Law
 | 200 W M.L.K. Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: 423-708-5310
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019
Licensed Since: 2016
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property (40%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Technology Transactions (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kevin Christopher is the principal of Rockridge Venture Law®, Tennessee’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2019 Best For The World: Community honoree. Kevin is a registered patent attorney, active entrepreneur, and National Science Foundation (NSF) evaluator for the research hub Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS). His practice areas include: patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation; corporate law, with an emphasis on benefit corporations, socially responsible businesses and high-growth emergent companies; government contracts, with an emphasis on innovation funding; corporate and investor financing; and, technology commercialization. Kevin is a Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Lawyer, and board member to several environmental and social impact nonprofits. In 2019, Kevin was nationally recognized as a Top Business Leader by Conscious Company Magazine, and named to the 2020 class of Leadership Tennessee. 

    White Papers

  • How Being a Benefit Corporation Can Legally Protect a Company’s Mission (2020) - The rise of the benefit corporation is in direct response to shareholder primacy. Under benefit corporation frameworks governed by state law, corporations that operate according to a “doing well by doing good” ethos may be shielded from a range of acquisition tactics and shareholder suits.

  • E-Commerce Law 101: What to Know about Branding, Copyrights, Trademarks and Privacy in Digitizing Your Business (2020) - Many companies are quickly establishing e commerce platforms due to COVID-19. Many businesses are successfully selling online, but lack sufficient understanding of various branding laws that would further strengthen their product and service portfolios. Many design and media houses creating brand platforms for businesses don’t have sufficient understanding of intellectual property rights to deliver to their clients optimal ROI. This webinar benefits these audiences and more.Our webinar will address questions such as:• What’s the difference between a copyright and a trademark?• What’s the difference between a strong and weak trademark?• What are the benefits to copyright and trademark protection?• What do I need to know about customer privacy protections for my e-commerce platform and website?• How does Amazon’s brand registry program work?• How does the U.S. Customs brand protection program work?• How do I keep competitors on Google, Amazon and Etsy from exploiting my rights? Rockridge Venture Law® was launched in 2017 to become the preeminent intellectual property and technology firm across the Appalachian Innovation Corridor. We now have offices in Chattanooga, Durham, and Nashville, and represent clients and interests globally. Our services include all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, M&A, privacy, technology transactions, and ventures.In 2018 and 2019, we were recognized as B Corp Best for the World for our commitment to triple bottom line business practices. RVL® uniquely addresses two modern profit drivers: innovation (uptake and development), and corporate social responsibility. We're Building Today's Company for Tomorrow's Economy® by leading clients through the dizzying array of information controls, by helping them to develop and monetize proprietary assets, and by enabling their impactful products, programs, and principles. 

  • CSR 101: Focus on Benefit Corporations and B Corps (2020) - Companies ranging from patagonia® to Warby Parker® to Hootsuite® have successfully scaled while adopting triple-bottom-line business practices. Essentially, these companies have proven that you can be profitable and still be good corporate citizens. Key ways that companies can implement corporate social responsibility into operations is through (legal) benefit corporation structures and (business) B Corp certifications. Often, these business and legal modes are conflated and confused. This webinar will provide an overview of each and distinguish one from another.This presentation is geared towards investors, founders, directors, marketers, and general counsel alike. In it we'll cover:• The history in a nutshell of shareholder primacy (i.e. profit above all) in corporate law;• The development of the legal benefit corporation entity and B Corp certification standard in response to shareholder primacy;• How benefit corporations and B Corps are related and how they differ;• Attitudes of millennials and industry trends towards corporate social responsibility;• Increasing importance of trustmarks in e-commerce; and,• Why this matters for our economy.

  • 5 Reasons Your Startup Should Be a Benefit Corp (2020) - When you’re launching a new business, you are likely hoping to use it to provide an unmet need or solve a problem you see in the world or your community. Your mission is your reason for putting in the long hours and taking on the stress and responsibility of being a founder of a new for-profit company. From my experience launching and now growing a law firm, Rockridge Venture Law, I know all too well the struggles many entrepreneurs face, especially in just getting the business off the ground. And from my time working with fellow missional entrepreneurs, I’ve seen too many businesses lose their ultimate purpose and get forced by various factors into compromising on their mission. That’s why I’m a firm believer in safeguarding your business’s purpose from the outset by launching as a legal benefit corporation.

  • About Kevin Christopher

    Admitted: 2016, Tennessee

    Professional Webpage: https://rockridgelaw.com/kevin-christopher/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Top Business Leader, Conscious Company Magazine.Conscious leadership comes in many shapes and sizes that are not necessarily mutually exclusive: the entrepreneur whose business model, from the get-go, is a vehicle for positive global change; the impact investor who funds purpose-driven companies; the CEO who radically transforms a traditionally run business or industry for the good of all stakeholders; the leader who creates a workplace culture where team members thrive and feel genuinely valued; the person who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to cultivating the practice of conscious leadership on an individual level through self-development work; and the thought leader whose ideas inspire a new class of game-changers to join the movement. The common denominator here is someone whose values extend beyond self-gain to the wellbeing of others, whose business practices align with and reflect those values, and whose stakeholders — employees, consumers, and planet — can attest to the positive impact of their strategies. These 22 superstars, nominated by their communities and handpicked by our editorial staff, are making a difference through their work on personal transformation, the thriving workplaces they create, and the global impact of their businesses and ideas. May their efforts inspire us and serve as a reminder that we’re all in this together. Without further ado, meet the 2019 trailblazers of conscious leadership., Top 22 National Business Leaders, Conscious Company Magazine, 2019
    • Class VII, Leadership Tennesssee. Through a deliberate selection process, Leadership Tennessee seeks proven leaders and change agents from every region of the state to bring their diverse backgrounds and experiences to an in-depth exploration of the complex issues facing Tennessee with a focus on how leaders can collaborate to effectively address them. , Class of 2020, Leadership Tennessee, 2019
    • Leadership Lawyer.Leadership Law aims to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in the profession and in the community as a whole.    , Leadership Lawyer, Class of 2017, Tennessee Bar Association, 2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2018
    • District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2017
    • District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee, 2017
    • Patent Bar, 2016
    • District of Columbia, Court of Appeals, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    Educational Background:

    • VC University, National Venture Capital Association, 2019
    • Venture Capital Deal Camp, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
    • Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group, University of California, Davis (partial M.S.), 2016
    • Berkeley Rural Energy Group, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
    • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 2010
    • B.A., David Lipscomb University, 2005

    Industry Groups

    • Benefit Corporations
    • Biopharma
    • Biotech
    • Craft Beer
    • Musical Artists
    • Renewables
    • Technology
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    Office Location for Kevin Christopher

    200 W M.L.K. Blvd
    Chattanooga, TN 37402

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