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Christopher Lee Vatsaas

Christopher Lee Vatsaas

also known as Chris Vatsaas, Christopher Vatsaas

Practice areas:

Family, Estate Planning

About Me

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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2011

  1. Family: 85%
  2. Estate Planning: 15%

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Walter G. Bauch

    I acted as a mediator in a case in which Mr. Vatsaas represented one of the parties. Mr. Vatsaas came to the mediation well prepared and was an excellent advocate for his client while maintaining professional civility.

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    Walter Bauch Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

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    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.

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    Angela Anderson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brown Law Offices, P.A.

11125 Zealand Avenue North
Champlin, MN, 55316

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice201104/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Dean's Award, Legal Research & WritingUniversity of St. Thomas School of Law2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyBrown Law Offices, P.A.2012 - Present
Associate AttorneyTessneer Law Office2011 - 2012
Law ClerkGuzman Law Firm, PA2010 - 2011
Law ClerkOsterbauer Law Firm2010 - 2010

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cradle of Hope ... motherhood fundBoard Member2013 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Minnesota Magic BasketballCoach2012 - Present
Minnesota Heat BasketballCoach2010 - 2011

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Isanti County NewsUnless You're a Superhero, You Need an Estate Plan!2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of St. Thomas School of Law - MinneapolisN/AJuris Doctor2011
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesFinanceB.S.B. - Bachelor of Science in Business2008

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Education Minnesota Conference (Spring 2012, College of St. Benedict)Estate Planning 1012012
Education Minnesota Professional Conference (October 2011)Estate Planning Basics2011