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Christopher E. Nyenhuis

Commercial and Construction Law Attorney

Kimberly Genther, Paralegal

Chris Nyenhuis is a highly experienced commercial business and construction lawyer. For over 15 years, Chris has served various large and mid-sized clients in the construction, manufacturing, finance, and technology industries. He has handled a wide variety of business disputes in state and federal courts as well as private arbitrations. Before joining Hilger Hammond, Chris worked for a large, Grand Rapids-based firm and a national firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

With in-depth knowledge of the residential and commercial construction industry, Chris consults clients and business owners regarding construction issues, disputes, and negotiations. He also drafts and reviews construction contracts for owners, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, builders, and construction managers.

Chris is an adept commercial litigator. He has broad experience resolving disputes before litigation, obtaining favorable settlements during litigation, winning motions, and at trial. Chris takes a pragmatic approach to resolving disputes that balance the client’s goals, the cost to achieve them, and a shared understanding of a successful outcome.



    University of Michigan

    Bachelor of Arts

    Ann Arbor, MI 


    University of Iowa

    College of Law


    Iowa City, IA


    Bar Admissions

    • Michigan
    • Wisconsin

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    • Wisconsin Bar Association

    Recent Publications from the Hilger Hammond blog:

    Federal Trade Commission Issues Ban on Employee Noncompete Agreements

    On April 23, 2024, the FTC banned employer noncompete agreements with limited exceptions. Learn more about its business impact here.

    Michigan Overturns Open & Obvious Law

    New changes to the Michigan Open & Obvious Law leave Michigan property owners open to more liability lawsuits. Learn more about the comparative fault doctrine and how to protect your business.

    Ron Reynolds Presents on Water Law Principles at Real Property Law Section Conference

    Ron Reynolds was joined by Judy Dworkin, a Phoenix-based attorney with expertise on Arizona water law, to discuss and contrast Michigan and Arizona water law principles. The discussion included rights attaching to both surface water and groundwater, as well as the impact and significance of multi-jurisdictional agreements contained in the Colorado River Compact and the Great Lakes Compact.

    14 Tips on Using Arbitration to Resolve Legal Disputes

    Using arbitration can offer parties a speedy and economic resolution to their disputes. Here are 14 best-practice arbitration tips developed from 40 years of both litigator and arbitrator experience.

    Driver v Bordeaux: Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act Legal Case

    Learn about how the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act influenced the ruling in the recent Driver v. Bordeaux legal case.

    Restored Personal Residence Exemption in Wilson v Grand Rapids

    Learn how Hilger Hammond helped win a case restoring a homeowner’s personal residence exemption (PRE) from real property taxes.

    2024 FTC Update Would Ban Non-Compete Agreements

    Learn about the upcoming 2024 FTC Non-Compete Ruling including: basics of non-competes, legalities and how it could affect your business.

    Hilger Hammond Law Firm Celebrating 15 Year Anniversary!

    15 years ago an idea was solidified to start a new law firm committed to providing the highest level of legal services to its clients.

    Attorney Jill Miller Promoted to Hilger Hammond Shareholder

    Hilger Hammond Attorneys at Law Announce Jill K. Miller’s Promotion to Firm Shareholder Miller Enhances Firm’s Expertise in Business and Real...

    What is Eminent Domain?

    Eminent Domain: What you need to know when the government targets your property for acquisition.  What is Eminent Domain? Eminent Domain, also known...

    Top 6 Causes of Construction Disputes and How They are Resolved

    Last year, the cost of construction disputes totaled $42.8 million! This article explains their common causes and the best practices for construction dispute resolution.