Kevin Christopher is the principal of Rockridge Venture Law®, Tennessee’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2019 Best For The World: Community honoree. Kevin is a registered patent attorney, active entrepreneur, and National Science Foundation (NSF) evaluator for the research hub Center for Green Solid-State Electric Power Generation and Storage (CEPS).
His practice areas include: patent and trademark prosecution, licensing and litigation; corporate law, with an emphasis on benefit corporations, socially responsible businesses and high-growth emergent companies; government contracts, with an emphasis on innovation funding; corporate and investor financing; and, technology commercialization. Kevin is a Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Lawyer, and board member to several environmental and social impact nonprofits. In 2019, Kevin was nationally recognized as a Top Business Leader by Conscious Company magazine, and named to the ’20 class of Leadership Tennessee.
Prior to founding RVL, Kevin led bioscience and biotech development activities with top secret security clearance at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. His licensing portfolio included anti-infectives, drug delivery systems, neural interface devices, sequencing software, and other state of the art technologies. Kevin’ commercialization of a microbiome analysis chip resulted in a Federal Licensing Consortium deal of the year award. Early in his career, Kevin commercialized innovations of several Nobel awardees in the technology transfer office of UC Berkeley. In addition to his corporate R&D portfolio of technologies ranging from metal organic frameworks to robotic surgery systems, Kevin led partnerships at NSF research centers Berkeley Sensor Actuator Center (BSAC), Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), and Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).
As an entrepreneur, Kevin has co-founded or acted as key advisor for a broad range of startups — including those with algal protein production, biomass energy conversion, men’s toiletries (including Turdcules), microbiome-editing skincare, and hepatocellular carcinoma diagnostic technologies — and . Kevin has served as consultant to NIH and NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs, and was part of the inaugural SBA innovation corps.
As a student, Kevin was a teaching assistant to former State of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm at Berkeley Law, outstanding scholar in the UC Hastings Law and Bioscience program, judicial extern for U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer, law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and regularly featured poet inTo An Unknown God – A Journal of Christian Thought at Berkeley.