Chris Barsness Resume

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Chris Barsness Resume

  1. 1. Chris Barsness, ESQ., MBA Greater San Francisco Bay Area (310) 595-0410 Cell | Email: cbarsness1@gmail.com OVERVIEW9 Year Attorney with Broad Lead Experience with Firms, In-House, And Directly With Clients in Private Practice;Entrepreneurial, Business Minded Executive Who Is Also Great With Numbers & Able To Take On Any Challenge with Little Need for Oversight and Natural Problem Solving Ability PRIMARY PRACTICE AREAS OF EXPERIENCEBankruptcy | Corporate Transactional & Finance | Employment | Intellectual Property | LitigationMergers & Acquisitions | Regulatory (Health Care / Pharmaceuticals / Medical Device) | Real EstatePrivate Equity | SEC Reporting | Securities | Venture Capital / Angel Investments | Contracts WORK HISTORYBarsness Law Group, APC- Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Corporate Transactions & Litigation Associate (Concurrent Period 1: December 2008 to present)  Business Plan and Prospectus (PPM) Drafting; Counsel Clients Regarding Securities Compliance  Closed PIPE transactions; Business Formations; Commercial Contract Drafting / Negotiation  Consulted with Hedge Funds on Commodities and Frank Dodd Regulation Compliance, PPMs  Stock & Asset Purchase Agreements; M&A; Corporate Valuations; Shareholder Agreements  Founders’ Agreements; Subscription Agreements; Partnership Agreements; Board / Shareholder Minutes  Defended Real Estate Brokers and Prosecuted Mortgage Servicing Companies  Represented Individuals and Companies in Chapter 7, 13, and 11 Bankruptcy Filings; Adversary ProceedingsCohen IP Law Group, P.C.- Intellectual Property, Trademark, Copyright, Patent, & Real Estate Of Counsel / Associate (Concurrent Period 1: January 2009 to June 2010)  Patent Filings & Prosecution; Trademark Filings & Prosecution; Copyright Enforcement  Licensing Agreements; Co-existing Use Agreements; IP Assignment Agreements  Intellectual Property Protection Plans; Non-disclosure Agreements; Non-Compete Agreements  Real Estate Transactions; Corporate Formation; General Business PlanningBioGold Fuels Corporation (Ticker: BIFC- SEC Filings)- Waste-to-Energy, Los Angeles, CA Chief Financial Officer & General Counsel (Concurrent Period 2: May 2006 to November 2008)  Contract Drafting for General Commercial Contracts, Joint Venture Agreements, Government Procurement  Organization Formation & Capitalization; Corporate Records/Minutes/Resolutions Drafting and Updating  Drafted Stock & Asset Purchase Agreements, Completed Corporate Due Diligence  Prepared & Filed all 33’ and 34’ Act Periodic, Current, and Section 16 Filings; 10-K, 10-Q, S-8, 8-k, 13D  SOX Compliance & Implementation; Assured GAAP Accounting Compliance; Work With Auditors  Drafted & Implemented All Human Resource Documents  Negotiated and drafted employment contracts & separation agreements  Implemented & Administered Employee Equity Incentive & Stock Option Plans  Completed 2 reverse mergers; Closed numerous PIPE equity and debt transactionsAuriga Laboratories, Inc. (Ticker: ARGA SEC Filings)- Pharmaceuticals, Los Angeles, CA General Counsel (Concurrent Period 2: January 2007 to November 2007)  Contract Drafting for Product Acquisitions, General Commercial Contracts, Licensing Agreements  Corporate Records/Minutes Drafting and Updating/Attend Directors Meetings Page 1
  2. 2.  Drafted Stock & Asset Purchase Agreements, Completed Corporate Due Diligence  Drafted & Filed Registration Statements Form SB-2, S-8  Prepared & Filed all 33’ and 34’ Act Periodic, Current, and Section 16 Filings; 10-K, 10-Q, 8-k, 13D  Responded to SEC comments, obtained confidential treatment request  Implemented Corporate Governance & Exchange Listing Standards Compliance  Drafted Corporate Press Releases; Investor Relations; Conference Call Scripts  Drafted & Implemented All Human Resource Documents  Negotiated and drafted employment contracts & separation agreements  Implemented & Administered Employee Equity Incentive & Stock Option Plans  Managed outside counsel on state and federal litigation  Closed numerous PIPE equity and debt transactions  Implemented and assured compliance with FDA regulatory and legal pharmaceutical regulationsAdelson, Testan, & Brundo- Employment, Trade & Finance Law, San Bernardino, CA Top Billing Associate (February 2005 to April 2006)  Drafted and argued motions at MSC, litigated cases through trial and appeal to the Court of Appeals, performed numerous depositions, medical expert cross-examinations.  Handled employment defense and advised corporations on a variety of employment and corporate issues  Advised corporate clients on finance and legal strategies for international tradeGrancell, Lebovitz, Stander, Barnes, & Reubens- Employment & Corporate Law, Riverside, CA Top Billing Associate (January 2003 to February 2005)  Prepared & instituted aggressive defense for TPAs, insurance companies, and self-insured employers to worker’s compensation and discrimination claims.  Advised employers on fraud prevention policies  Drafted and argued motions at MSC, litigated cases through trial and appeal to the Court of Appeals, performed numerous depositions, medical expert cross-examinations.  Assisted employers in corporate transactions involving acquisitions, mergers, public offerings, business formationMobility, Incorporated- Medical Device Manufacturer, La Jolla, CA Chief Financial Officer & Director- Legal Affairs (May 1999 to December 2002)  Closed $5 million, 3 round PIPE equity transaction  Handled all accounting, audit, finance, and reporting obligations  Updated board minutes and corporate records; Formed Medicare billing subsidiary  Assured compliance with and responded to FDA medical device regulation notices  Implemented international manufacturing facilities  Drafted various employment agreements and contracts EDUCATION | LICENSES | ASSOCIATIONSCalifornia State Bar Member- #222,861 California Real Estate Broker Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Group Newport Partners Business Network Tech Coast Angels Southern California Venture NetworkAdmitted-US District Court- Central & Eastern Districts of CA CM/ECF CertifiedUniversity of San Diego School of Law; Joint Degree: Juris Doctor & M.B.A. May 2001 Research Assistant to Contracts/Remedies Professor Michael Kelly Extern- San Diego Code Enforcement Administrative Hearing OfficerArizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Bachelor of Science June 1996 Judicial Extern to Judge Michael R. McVey, Maricopa County Superior Court Page 2

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