Christopher W. Niro focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, prosecution and other business affairs, including brand management and portfolio development. He represents individuals and entrepreneurs, as well as mid-size companies and multinational organizations.
Christopher advises his clients with regards to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. In addition, he has extensive experience with all aspects of intellectual property litigation in both state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Tanaka Light Industries USA, LLC v. Onika Tanya Maraj p/k/a Nicki Minaj et al. – Represented a reclusive recording artist, Clive Tanaka, in an action for copyright infringement of his song "Neu Chicago" against Nicki Minaj and three credited songwriters for their pop hit song “Starships”
Anthony Campbell p/k/a Rackboy Cam v. YFN Lucci, PnB Rock, Think It’s a Game Records – Representing rap artist Rackboy Cam in an action for copyright infringement of his song “Everything Be Lit” against artists YFN Lucci and PnB Rock for their song “Everyday We Lit”.
Valtech LLC v. 18th Avenue Toys, et al. - Represented two toy manufacturers in tradedress and trademark litigation over the “Magna-Tiles” toys in the Northern District of Illinois
Arlington Specialties, Inc. d/b/a Pinch Provisions v. Urban Aid, Inc. – Represented Defendant in tradedress infringement action over “minimergency” pouch design case. Obtained summary judgment for Defendant in the District Court, which was later affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Arena Football League v. Orlando Predators Sports Group et al.
Blagojevich v. Merlin Media, LLC – Brought action for violations of the Illinois Right to Publicity Act on behalf of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich for unauthorized use of his image and likeness in major advertising campaign for Defendant’s radio station FM101.1.
Steven Woltman v. Chicago Gridiron, LLC – Defended local Arena Football team in a copyright infringement action brought by the team’s former photographer.
Christopher recently authored "With Federal Trademarks off Table, State Pot Trademarks Solid Alternative," published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, March 4, 2020.
Christopher joined Aronberg Goldgehn as a member in April 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he was most recently Of Counsel at Johnson & Bell and a Founding Partner of Niro Law Group, LLC, an intellectual property and business litigation boutique firm.
Christopher has also worked as a policy analyst in the Illinois Office of the Comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, and has experience in statewide and national political campaigns.
During law school, he served as a judicial extern to Hon. William J. Bauer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Also in law school, he earned the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy.
In 2020, Christopher was named a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers. From 2016-2020, he has annually been named a Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Illinois Super Lawyers, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
Since February 2010, Christopher has volunteered his services as part of the Settlement Assistance Program for pro se plaintiffs of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in partnership with the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Leadership Advisory Board Member (2014-2018)
- Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Legal Technology, Council Member
- Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Past Chair 2014-2015
- Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Former Member (2015-2016)
DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2009
Certificate in International and Comparative Law
University of Iowa, B.A., Political Science, 2002
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
- Illinois, 2009
- Illinois Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- International Trademark Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Justinian Society of Lawyers
- Illinois Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (2020)
- Rising Star in Intellectual Property Law by Illinois Super Lawyers (2016-2020)
- CALI Award for Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy
In his free time, along with spending time with his family and young son, Christopher enjoys participating in physical activities, including Olympic distance triathlons, snow skiing and playing ice hockey. His continuous training allows him to partake in his other passion, cooking and entertaining.
What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? I love how welcomed I was when joining the firm; it truly feels like a large family.
What is one item on your bucket list? Skiing in Europe and Japan.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? I would be working with innovative companies bringing products to market…which probably pays better than traveling the world.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? I travel regularly for work and pleasure and my most recent favorite was in Sitges, Spain, with my wife and then 2-year-old son.
What is your favorite restaurant? Too many to name one favorite: The Purple Pig, Vivere, Acadia, The Aviary, Lou Malnati’s, Lena Brava, etc.