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Christopher E. Tracy

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  • Kalamazoo

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Chris Tracy is a litigation attorney who represents Fortune 500 and locally-owned businesses in a variety of civil and white collar criminal disputes involving corporate, employment, product liability, environmental and regulatory and compliance matters. Chris’ responsiveness resonates with clients seeking an advocate both in and out of the courtroom. Small, medium or large, he converts challenges into opportunities and helps people and companies chart new and better paths to success. His role as a trusted advisor extends to helping clients with many other legal matters such as business and family succession planning, real estate, zoning and land-use issues.

Chris has represented numerous clients in business and ownership disputes.  He has represented companies and individual owners (both majority/controlling and minority/non-controlling shareholders) in all stages of business disputes, including: counseling in early stages of a dispute, negotiations, valuation, early mediation, litigation and appeals.  His experience includes handling matters involving transfer of ownership interests, minority oppression, breach of fiduciary duties, withholding of dividends, fraud, misappropriation of assets, self-dealing, and related claims.  Chris has handled these type of matters involving corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships, including when the assets and/or shares involved were owned by estates and/or trusts.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology J.D. with honors
  • James Madison College, Michigan State University B.A. Political Theory with honors


  • 1994, Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Patrick J. Duggan 1993-95

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Loyola University-Chicago School of Law, Appellate Advocacy, Instructor, 1997-98
  • James Madison College of Michigan State University, Environmental Policy-Making, Visiting Instructor, 1994


  • Represented a large national manufacturer related to a variety of agricultural product liability claims from the sale of livestock and equine food
  • Represented an international recreational vehicle/ATV manufacturer in dealer law matters
  • Represented a large oil and gas company in an environmental cleanup, zoning, permitting and regulatory and compliance matter
  • Represented a medical supply company in an investigation involving potential Stark law violations
  • Represented corporate employees in an investigation by the federal government involving automobile emission standards and testing issues
  • Represented an employee of an international company in a federal investigation regarding potential violations of SEC and other federal laws/regulations
  • Represented a national entity regarding a federal investigation of expenditures and related investments
  • Represented a company employee charged in connection with a large public corruption case involving bribes to public officials and an embezzlement scheme

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2021
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2017, 2019-Present


  • "The Roots of Influence: Nongovernmental Organizations and the Relationship Between Human Rights and the Environment," Journal of International Law and Practice, 3:21, 1994
  • "Listening for Sounds of Fallen Trees: The Principles of Forests and Lessons from Germany and China Journal of International Law and Practice, 3:469, 1994


Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    Natural Resources Commission, Former Commissioner (2016-20)
    State Parks Advisory Committee, Former Member
    Outdoor Recreation Advisory Council, Former Chair and Founding Member
  • Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
    Leadership Kalamazoo Class (2005-06)
  • Comm-PAC
    Steering Committee, Former Member
  • Kalamazoo County Trial Lawyers Association

Community Affiliations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kalamazoo
    Board of Directors, President (2018-20); Big Brother (2015-18)
  • United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
    Community Campaign Chair (2013-14); Gull Lake United Way Committee Member (2015-Present)
  • Southwest Michigan First
    Board of Directors (2014-2019); Public Policy Committee, Member (2012-15); First 50 Class, Mentor (2012-14); Emeritus Board Member (2019-Present)
  • Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University
    Advisory Board (2013-Present); MSU Capitol Campaign Liaison for KBS (2014-18)
  • Ducks Unlimited
    Emeritus Board Member and Former National Board Member
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center
    Former Chair and Board Member
  • Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Campaign Cabinet
    Former Chair and Current Member
  • Gull Lake Quality Organization
    Former Board Member
  • St. Timothy's Episcopal Church (Richland, MI)
    Former Vestry Member
  • The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo
    Former Board Member
  • Alliance for the Great Lakes
    Former Board Member
  • Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy
  • Little Traverse Conservancy
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

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