Christopher J. Rogers

Christopher J. Rogers Associate

P: 602.262.5962
F: 602.495.2644
L: Phoenix

Chris Rogers focuses his practice primarily in the areas of general corporate law, private securities offerings, and private fund formation.  His clients span technology, real estate, energy, manufacturing, financial and other industries. He regularly advises companies in connection with private placements of equity and debt instruments, and in preparation for initial public offerings, domestically and in Canada.  Rogers has substantial experience representing individuals and investment funds in the purchase and sale of privately-held business interests. For example, he represented two investment funds in their pre-IPO acquisition of Facebook, Inc. stock, and negotiated millions of dollars in private sales of LifeLock stock before its initial public offering. Rogers also has deep experience with state blue-sky law compliance for issuer private placements of securities and regularly advises companies and entrepreneurs on corporate governance, entity formation issues and all manner of business agreements.

Rogers also provides legal counsel to start-up and growth companies in intellectual property, employment law and on the business aspects of civil litigation matters. As a graduate of one of the top trial advocacy programs in the country, where he was inducted into the Mock Trial Honor Society, Rogers previously served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and clerked for the Honorable Lisa A. Firko, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Prior to joining the bar, Rogers worked in Congress as a senior Legislative Assistant where he advised a member of the House International Relations Committee on trade, defense and business issues. No stranger to advocacy, Rogers later joined with CNN as one of the producers of the daily political debate program “Crossfire.”

Rogers is General Counsel to the Canada-Arizona Business Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering bilateral trade and investment. He also serves on the executive committee of the Securities Regulation Section of the State Bar of Arizona.

Areas of Focus

  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Capital Markets
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Syndication

Representative Engagements

  • Advised and organized private equity funds focused on real estate and other investments, including structure and compliance considerations.

  • Facilitated private and public securities offerings of corporate equity interests, SEC disclosures and reporting, and state ‘blue sky’ reporting and compliance for corporate clients*

  • Negotiated and drafted stock purchase and sale agreements; developed and managed systems and processes for stock issuances; and drafted stock purchase agreements and legal opinion letters*

  • Conducted legal due diligence reviews in anticipation of significant domestic and cross-border securities transactions*

  • Led more than $35million in private resale transactions involving LifeLock and Facebook*

  • Counseled start-up, growing and established companies while promoting strong corporate governance practices and business positioning for capital infusions and strategic growth*

  • Advised C-level executives on various legal issues, including entity structure, capitalization, intellectual property protection, investor relations, and other agreements including buy-sell; shareholder; non-disclosure and non-competition; waiver and release; asset purchase; and employment and consulting agreements*

  • Advised individuals and companies on trademark, licensing, and proprietary information issues, including protecting trademarks or opposing infringing applications with the USPTO, as well as licensing agreements and assignments of intellectual property*

  • Joined with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, NY) on a pro bono basis as Special A.D.A. in its Early Case Assessment Bureau to evaluate merits of potential criminal prosecutions, draft complaints, prepare cases for arraignment and trial, and make court appearances*

  • Deposed NYPD officers and detectives, interviewed witnesses and victims, drafted screening sheets and criminal complaints, and represented the people of New York at criminal arraignments*

  • Represented the Federal Communications Commission in its Media Bureau, Policy Division as a legal extern*

  • Deregulated cable company regional franchises subject to effective competition, drafted FCC opinions, orders, and compliance guides; and assisted senior attorneys with aspects of the digital television (DTV) transition*

  • Produced national daily political debate television show, Crossfire, hosted by James Carville, Tucker Carlson, Paul Begala, and Bob Novak. Developed, framed, and pitched political stories and issues to Executive Producer and Hosts daily, pre-interviewed and booked appearances by Members of Congress, political strategists, administration officials, journalists, and celebrities. Penned daily e-mail sent to more than 27,000 subscribers. Covered 2004 election, including the Republican convention in New York, and presidential debate in Arizona*

  • Served as Congressman’s primary aide for International Relations Committee, and acted as chief adviser on foreign policy, energy, and small business issues. Penned speeches, floor statements, constituent and congressional correspondence. Conducted meetings with constituents, lobbyists, and interest groups. Authored several legislative bills ranging from immigration to gun rights. Most successful aide in recruiting legislative co-sponsors for Congressman’s priorities*


    *Matters handled prior to joining Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC


Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Featured, "Introduction of Regulation Crowdfunding," Financier Worldwide (August 2016)

  • Presenter, "Securities: Tackling Future Issues Today," State Bar of Arizona Convention (2016)

  • Author, “Planning for a Successful Business Partnership,” Construction Executive Magazine (2016)

  • Speaker, “Raising Money, Regulation and Litigation in Arizona: Crossing the Border Raising Money in Canada,” State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention (2015)

  • Speaker, “Canadian Capital Market Opportunities,” A U.S. Lawyer’s Perspective, TMX Finance Series (2014)

  • Co-Author, “The Art of the Deal: Know Your (Capital) Market,” Canada Arizona Business Council Resource Guide, Vol. 2 (2014)

  • Co-Author, “For Investment Capital, Head to Canada,” Canada-Arizona Business Council Resource Guide, Vol. 1 (2013)


Digital Media


Honors and Recognition

  • Listed, Rising Stars, Southwest Super Lawyers (2015 - 2017) in areas of Securities and Corporate Finance


Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona
    Securities Regulation Law Section, Executive Committee, 2015-present
  • Canada-Arizona Business Council
    General Counsel, 2012-present
  • Association for Corporate Growth
    Arizona Chapter, Board of Directors, 2017
  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section, Member
  • Muhlenberg College Alumni Board
    Governance and Nominations Committee, Director, 2010-2014
  • Business Law Brief
    Jr. Editor, 2007-2008
  • Mock Trial Honor Society, 2007-2008
  • Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, 2006-2008
  • WCL Civil Practice Clinic, 2006-2007

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona
  • New York
  • New Jersey

Education

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law, 2008
    Mock Trial Honor Society
    Business Law Brief, Jr. Editor
    Civil Practice Clinic
  • B.A., Muhlenberg College, International Studies: Global Trade and International Business, 2001