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.
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.
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.
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