Christopher C. Cain is a partner and business lawyer in Foley & Lardner’s Chicago and Madison offices. He helps businesses solve problems and helps entrepreneurs scale and protect their businesses. Christopher also helps clients with technology and licensing solutions of all kinds and size (mobile apps, software, hardware, ERP, cloud, SaaS). He represents private equity and strategic clients in mergers & acquisitions and capital raises in a myriad of industries. Christopher is a co-founder of Catapult Chicago, a non-profit technology co-working space. Christopher is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities, Private Equity & Venture Capital, Technology Transactions & Outsourcing, and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices, as well as Automotive, Technology, and Food & Beverage Industry Teams. He is also co-chair of the firm’s Transactions Practice, and a member of the firm’s Partner Selection Committee.
Previously, Christopher was vice president and general counsel at Sonic Foundry, Inc., a publicly traded software/television/film production company where he handled and oversaw all aspects of the company's legal issues, including securities law, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property and litigation. Christopher was also a Certified Public Accountant and tax senior at Arthur Andersen.
In 2014, Christopher was mentioned in the Chicago Tribune article, “Inside views on Chicago’s coworking spaces: Catapult,” (January 2014). Christopher currently acts as outside general counsel to protein bar company RXBAR and co-lead the sale of the company to Kellogg for $600 million.
Christopher is Peer Review Rated as BV® Distinguished™, a mark of excellence in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.* He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2010 in the field of corporate law and has been named 2015 and 2017 Madison Mergers and Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Christopher was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the areas of media, technology and telecoms - transactions (2013-2016) and mergers and acquisitions (2015). He was also included in the 2006 and 2007 Wisconsin Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® editions for his securities and corporate finance work. In 2005, In Business magazine cited him as one of the "40 Under 40" up and coming business leaders in the greater Madison area. In addition, Christopher is a 2009 recipient of Foley & Lardner’s Carl Hitchner Mentor of the Year Award, which is an annual award recognizing outstanding mentoring to young attorneys by partners and senior counsel.
Christopher received a B.B.A., with distinction, in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was articles editor of the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade. He also is admitted to membership in the Order of the Coif.
Admissions and Certifications
Christopher is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota (membership currently inactive) and holds a Certified Public Accountant license from Minnesota.
* The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.