Flint Attorneys


Bernhardt Chris D. Christenson III

Real Estate, Civil Litigation & Criminal Defense Lawyer in Flint

Attorney Chris D. Christenson III was born in Flint, Michigan. He attended Flint Southwestern Academy High School, graduating in 1990. With over 15 years of experience helping clients with matters of real estate litigation, estate planning, criminal defense, and more, he is prepared to take on nearly any type of case. Attorney Christenson provides comprehensive legal support and guidance to clients throughout their situation. If you are interested in scheduling a confidential and complimentary case evaluation with Attorney Christenson, contact us today.

We are flexible with after hours appointment times.

A History of Success

B. (Chris) Christenson is a lawyer with the firm of Christenson & Fiederlein, PC focusing on trial work, whether it is real estate, business litigation or criminal defense, Chris enjoys the courtroom.

Chris has been a lawyer since 2001. Prior to becoming a lawyer Chris earned his real estate sales person license, became a licensed real estate appraiser and licensed residential builder. While finishing his undergraduate degree Chris worked as a Journeyman carpenter ultimately building over 100 custom homes and eventually becoming a construction superintendent. The construction and real estate background frequently come in handy in Chris’s practice.

In 2010 Chris was chosen as a rising star by the Lawyers Weekly and in 2011 and 2012 he was selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer, an honor and outstanding achievement for an attorney. Chris has won numerous cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and ultimately argued and won a split decision before the Michigan Supreme Court (Kim v J.P. Morgan Chase). Chris handles criminal cases as well, including federal and state court cases. Chris has handled complex federal white collar cases and matters as serious as murders, armed robberies, car jackings, all the way down to less serious drug or alcohol related misdemeanors.

How Chris Can Help

One of the things that Chris prides himself on is listening and really trying to understand the client’s position and their point of view. Chris believes that in this way he can better try to accomplish his client’s goals.

Lastly, Chris is a family and community man. He has served as President of the Genesee County Bar Association and Chairperson for the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers section. He routinely volunteers for the Holiday dinner and has previously sat on the Board of Directors for Legal Services for the Eastern District of Michigan. Chris is most proud of his daughters and enjoys spending time with them and doing things like traveling, and spending time outdoors enjoying all of the wonderful activities available in Michigan. Chris has been a CRIM (10 mile road race) group leader, helping people complete the race for over 10 years.


  • University of Michigan, Flint (B.A. 1995)
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D. 1999)
  • Specializing in Business Transactions


  • Real Estate Salesperson (1990)
  • Real Estate Appraiser (Limited 1992) (inactive)
  • State Bar of Michigan (2000)
  • Residential Builder's License (2004) (inactive)

Legal Experience

  • Christenson & Fiederlein, PC (June 2006 - Present)
  • Chris Christenson, PC (January 2002-June 2006)

Past Experience

  • Baker College - Owosso Campus
  • Instructor - International Marketing (Winter 2003)
  • Instructor - Small Business Marketing (Fall 2002)
  • The Dominic DiCicco Company, Corporate Counsel/Project Coordinator
  • Home Building Resources, Construction Superintendent
  • Fore Construction, Director of Construction Operations
  • First National Financial Corporation, Regional
  • Branch Manager/Loan Officer
  • First Americorp. Real Estate Salesperson

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court (2006)
  • State Bar of Michigan (2000)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan


State Bar of Michigan:

  • Young Lawyers Section, Chairperson (2008-2009)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Vice-Chairperson Elect (2006-2007)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Secretary/Treasurer (2005-2006)
  • Young Lawyers Section, Executive Council Member (2004-2005)
  • Business Law Section
  • Criminal Law Section
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Real Property Law Section

Genesee County Bar Association:

  • Genesee County Bar Association President 2010
  • Vice President (2009)
  • Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • Young Lawyers Delegate (2003-2004)
  • Lawyer Referral Program
  • Legal Aid Committee Member
  • Golf Outing Chairperson (2005, 2006)
  • Marketing Committee Member
  • Business Law Committee Chairperson (2006-2007)

Membership (Others):

  • Centennial American Inn of Court: Board of Directors/Executive Committee (2004-2009)
  • Legal Services of Eastern (2004-2012)
  • Legal Services of Eastern Michigan Board of Directors (2004-Present)American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
  • Past participant of Fenton High School Community Education programs
  • Genesee County Defender Program
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
  • State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) Forum
  • Builders Association of Metro Flint
  • GCBA board of directors (2005-2011)
  • Flint Area Association of Realtors

Primary Practice Areas

  • Business/Contract Litigation
  • Real Estate and Construction Law
  • Criminal Law Defense
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Probate Administration

Call (810) 292-3115 today to reach Christenson & Fiederlein, PC!

  • AILA
  • TTLA