Chris Vatsaas is an attorney with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. His practice is limited almost exclusively to divorce and family law cases. He joined the firm after working as an associate with the Tessneer Law Office in Cambridge, Minnesota. He handled many family law, estate planning, probate, and bankruptcy matters with the Tessneer firm. Chris also served as an Isanti County Public Defender in child protection cases.
Chris graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is is admitted to practice in all Minnesota courts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. While in law school, Chris completed a judicial externship with Hennepin County Family Court Judge Kevin S. Burke. He also served as a Certified Student Attorney in the Elder Law Clinic of the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling & Legal Services. Additionally, Chris worked as a law clerk for two Twin Cities law firms, acquiring experience in the areas of elder law, estate planning, disability law, and personal injury matters.
Prior to attending law school, Chris attended the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business, majoring in Finance and minoring in Political Science.
Chris has displayed a commitment to volunteer work and community involvement, including extensive experience working with youth of all ages and cultural backgrounds. In his spare time, Chris enjoys coaching elite high school AAU basketball, and spending time with his family.
Licensed since 2011
Christopher and I work in the same area and I have had the privilege of having him as opposing counsel on a family law matter. Christopher is passionate about family law and extremely dedicated to his practice and clients. Christopher is honest, straight forward and reasonable. In the case we had together, he was a strong advocate for his client yet was focused on settlement. I believe that Christopher has a great deal of integrity and would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for quality legal representation in a family law matter.
Angela Anderson Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|MN||Authorized to practice||2011||04/19/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Dean's Award, Legal Research & Writing||University of St. Thomas School of Law||2010|
|Associate Attorney||Brown Law Offices, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Tessneer Law Office||2011 - 2012|
|Law Clerk||Guzman Law Firm, PA||2010 - 2011|
|Law Clerk||Osterbauer Law Firm||2010 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Cradle of Hope ... motherhood fund||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Minnesota Magic Basketball||Coach||2012 - Present|
|Minnesota Heat Basketball||Coach||2010 - 2011|
|University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis||N/A||Juris Doctor||2011|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||Finance||B.S.B. - Bachelor of Science in Business||2008|
|Education Minnesota Conference (Spring 2012, College of St. Benedict)||Estate Planning 101||2012|
|Education Minnesota Professional Conference (October 2011)||Estate Planning Basics||2011|