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Christopher K. Sandberg



Christopher K. Sandberg
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Chris Sandberg is a partner in the firm, and advises clients on a wide range of business matters, ranging from drafting and reviewing contracts, to obtaining trademark and copyright protection, negotiating complex agreements, testifying before legislative and administrative bodies, defending professional licenses, and resolving salesperson commission payment disputes.


Mr. Sandberg has long been involved in legal issues relating to online commerce, working first with BBS providers and then ISPs as the Internet developed. He helped organize and develop the first nation-wide association of independent ISPs. He has advised and represented innovative broadband service providers, content providers, and enhanced service providers on contract disputes, sales and marketing problems, CAN-SPAM compliance, billing and tax issues, identity and intellectual property protection, and DMCA issues.

In the broader area of technology, he works with firms that make or use technology as part of their core operations, including hardware and software vendors, publishers, technology-dependent businesses, and units of state and local government. He has served on two major public projects related to the use of the Internet and electronic media: the Minnesota Information Policy Task Force and the Minnesota Government Information Access Council. His client work includes negotiating organization-wide software agreements, creating master licensing contracts, resolving channel conflicts, and representing clients in state and Federal courts.

Creative Endeavors

Mr. Sandberg works with creative individuals and business in many areas, including sound and video producers, authors, photographers, visual artists, and software developers. He helps them protect their works, negotiate contracts and licenses, secure appropriate independent contractor agreements, and secure payment for their endeavors. As a photographer himself, he understands the needs and perspectives of other creative artists, and carefully tailors his work on their behalf.


Mr. Sandberg has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 35 years, working first as a state regulator and then representing local and long-distance carriers, mobile carriers, CLECs, and aggregators/VARs. He regularly assists clients in securing operating authority, complying with state and Federal telecom regulations, responding to FCC and PUC complaints, negotiating contracts and licenses, site licenses, and buying and selling businesses. He has also taught Telecommunications Law at the graduate school and law school level for over 20 years.


Mr. Sandberg has had a long-term involvement with energy law issues. He was part of the team that drafted Minnesotas first PURPA rules, and has been an advocate in gas and electric utility rate cases, proceedings for certificates of need, and wind energy siting matters. He has advised clients on renewable energy development, right-of-way issues, and utility power purchase agreements.

Administrative Law

Mr. Sandberg has represented a variety of clients before regulatory and licensing agencies, at the Minnesota state and Federal levels. He has extensive knowledge of administrative agency practice, including rulemakings and contested case hearings.

Representative Cases

  • In re Great River Energy 2010 WL 2266138 (Minn.Ct.App. 2010)
  • In re MISO Day 2 Cost Recovery 2008 WL 1748236 (Minn.Ct.App. 2008)
  • Johnson v. Commission of Health 671 NW2d 921 (Minn.Ct.App. 2003)
  • In re NWB Tel. Co. 1988 WL 47810 (Minn.Ct.App. 1988)
  • NWB v. MPUC 420 NW2d 646 (Minn.Ct.App. 1988)
  • In re Interstate Switched Access Charges by NWB 402 NWM 242 (Minn.Ct.App. 1987)
  • In re MPUC Initiation of Summary Investigation 417 NW2d 274 (Minn.Ct.App. 1987)


  • The FCC's National Broadband Plan: Seeing The Big Picture, 2010 Regional Communications Law Forum, June 2010
  • Change at the FCC: How Will It Impact Your Business? - Communications Technology Association of Minnesota - Annual Conference, October 2009
  • IP 101 for Artists: Protecting Your Work, Minnesota Indian Business Regional Development Conference, April 2008
  • CALEA on Broadband and VOIP, 2007 Communications Law Forum, July 2007
  • Aspects of Internet Privacy, The Patriot Act, and Cybercrime Convention, 2004 Regional Communications Law Forum, July 2004
  • Attorneys and Technology: Managing Technology and Related Ethical Malpractice Risks, 75th Annual Meeting of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics, and Policy, June 2004


  • Telecommunications Law and Policy for the 21st Century, 6th Ed., Telecommunications Law textbook
  • The Pros And Cons Of Independent Contractors, Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Summer 2008
  • Limiting Liability For Online Discussion Areas, Scrapbook Retailer, January 2003

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Civic Associations

  • Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America


  • University of Minnesota Law School, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • 1979, Minnesota

Court Admissions

  • Minnesota; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit