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Christopher Eric Sandquist

Christopher Eric Sandquist

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Employment & Labor, Business

About Me

I am a partner in Gislason & Hunter’s Mankato office, where my practice focuses on litigating and finding solutions for business and employment disputes, on advising clients on employment matters, and acting as general counsel for business clients.


I am the Chair of the my law firm’s Employment Law Practice Group and I practice in employment law and labor law.  As an employment law attorney and labor attorney, I regularly defend employers against claims of race, gender, religious, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, overtime and minimum wage violations, immigration documentation violations, retaliation, National Labor Relation Act issues, mandatory leave time violations, workers’ compensation claims, and USERRA violations.  I both defend and prosecute claims for breach of employment contracts, non-compete agreements, trade secrets agreements, defamation, and other statutory and common law employment law claims.


I also provide training and guidance to my clients on employment law matters such as hiring and firing of employees, drug testing policies, I-9 compliance, prevailing wage compliance, misclassification of exempt employees, misclassification of independent contractors, Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, OSHA compliance, workers’ compensation issues, and Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations.  I also provide guidance for unionized and non-unionized employers with regard to relevant state and federal labor laws.  I provide internal audits to employers who want to get a “status check” on where they are at, helping to identify and prioritize human resource challenges requiring change.  I also provide on-the-ground guidance during and after government enforcement visits and audits. 


The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) is a challenge to employers of all sizes.  I understands this act and provide guidance to my clients concerning the provisions relevant to businesses in order for them to make informed decisions regarding their benefit packages offered to their workforce and the consequences of those choices. 


As a civil litigation attorney, I regularly handle complex individual, business and land owner disputes including:


--Commercial property and contract disputes;


--Agricultural and Agribusiness property and contract disputes;


--Shareholder, member, officer, director, and partner disputes;


--Dissolution of businesses including closely held corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies;


--Partitions, dissolutions and other actions involving farms and other agricultural businesses;


--Real estate disputes including those involving adjacent land owners, access, zoning and riparian rights;


--Contract litigation including commercial leases and sales of businesses;


--Construction disputes including mechanics liens and unpaid construction contracts;


--Business tort claims including protection of trade secrets, tortious interferences with contractual relations, and breach of fiduciary duties;


As general counsel for businesses, I act as an advisor on general business matters which come with corporate law and other issues attached.  I provide guidance to avoid general pitfalls as well as employment law traps, and when there is a need for specialized legal services by one of his partners practicing in other legal areas, I act as the conduit to connect my clients to the needed attorney at Gislason & Hunter.  I also provide business reviews/audits for new or existing clients, identifying the status of their business’ interaction with the legal system (e.g. business contracts and leases, corporate ownership and succession planning, protecting intellectual property and trade secrets, document retention, risk management, and lending relationships) and working with my clients and any needed specialists to limit or eliminate any identified deficiencies. 






Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Workers Compensation: 34%
    17 years
  2. Business: 33%
    17 years
  3. Employment & Labor: 33%
    17 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Steven M Bradt

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Steven Bradt Workers Compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gislason & Hunter LLP

124 East Walnut Street
Suite 200
Mankato, MN, 56002-4157



IAAuthorized to practice law200708/22/2015
MNAuthorized to practice199706/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
MembershipBeta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society1993

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGislason & Hunter, LLP2006 - Present
AssociateGislason & Hunter, LLP1999 - 2005
District Court Law ClerkFirst Judicial District, State of Minnesota1997 - 1999


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boy Scouts of America--Twin Valley CouncilTroop Committee Chair, Troop 762013 - Present
Downtown Mankato Kiwanis ClubService Committee Chair2013 - Present
Society for Human Resource ManagementAssociate2013 - Present
Greater Mankato Growth Leadership InstituteSteering Committee Member2011 - 2013
2010-2011 Greater Mankato Growth Leadership InstituteGradutate2010 - 2011
Greater Mankato Growth Business Accelerator CouncilLegal Representative2010 - 2013
Mankato North Mankato Youth FootballLegal Director2008 - Present
Educare FoundationSecretary2008 - 2014
Iowa State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Mankato Basketball AssociationGym Coordinator1999 - 2014
Minnesota State Bar Association, 6th District Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Mary Schmitt v. Lunchtime Solutions, Inc.Dismissal in favor of my client was affirmed.
Helen Pfeffer v. Palmer Bus Service of North Central, MinnesotaDismissal in favor of my client.
Swehla Trucking Inc. vs Town of DunbarDismissal in favor of my client.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Gislason & Hunter BlogAttorney's Opinions as Justification for Tortious Interference with Non-Compete Agreements2015
Gislason & Hunter Employment & Human Resources NewsletterConfusion with Employer Health Care Arrangements Under the Affordable Care Act2015
Gislason & Hunter BlogUpdate on the ACA and Employer Health Care Arrangements2015
Gislason & Hunter BlogWelcome Home!!! Time to Stop the EEOC's Assault on Private Veterans' Preferences2014
Gislason & Hunter BlogEEOC Challenges Standard Severance Agreement Terms2014
Gislason & Hunter BlogState Minimum Wage Hike Hits Minnesota's Farmers2014
Gislason & Hunter BlogDissolving the Domestic Business Corporation in Minnesota2014
Gislason & Hunter Financial NewsletterCriminal Background Checks and Financial Institutions: Navigating Minnesota's New Ban the Box Law2014
Gislason & Hunter Employment & Human Resources NewsletterImmigration 101 for the Business Owner: Beyond Form I-92014
Gislason & Hunter BlogDissolving the Domestic Business Corporation in Minnesota2014
Gislason & Hunter Employment Law BlogWorkers’ Compensation, Independent Contractors and the Family Farm - An Unfair Trade from Bygone Days2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment Law BlogReverification of Your Employee’s Work Authorization Status—The Second Coming of the I-9 Form2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment Law BlogWarning to Agricultural Employers—Watch that Overtime Exemption2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment Law BlogNew Minnesota Employment Laws from the 2013 Legislature2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment Law BlogThe Continuing Uncertainty Over Implementation of Obamacare2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment & Human Resources NewsletterSame-Sex Marriage and the Workplace: Rethinking the Scope of Federal and State Employment Laws2013
Gislason & Hunter Employment & Human Resources NewsletterNew EEOC Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest & Criminal Records for Employment Purposes2012
Gislason & Hunter Employment & Human Resources NewsletterAn Overview of Non-Compete & Related Agreements2011


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Creighton UniversityBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Southern Minnesota Employment Law ConferenceWhat Employers Need to Know About Federal Immigration Law2014
Southern Minnesota Business SummitMultistate Business Considerations2014
SMAHRA Employment Law SeminarAdvanced Wage & Hour Law2014
Fairmont Chamber of CommerceAffordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare2013
2013 Metro Employment Law SeminarAffordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare2013
2013 Employment Law SeminarAffordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare2013
12th Annual Shaping the Future Conference &Product ShowCurrent Wage & Hour Law Issues2013
12th Annual Shaping the Future Conference &Product ShowAffordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare2013
2012 Employment Law ConferenceAdvanced Wage and Hour Issues2012
2011 Employment Law ConferenceAre Your Exempt Employees Really Exempt?2011
2011 Employment Law ConferenceSocial Media in the Workplace2011
Human Resource RoundtableEmployment Law Update2010
2010 Employment Law ConferenceLayoffs and Work Hour Reductions in the Non-Union Workplace2010
Minnesota Rehabiliation Association Fall Conference 2008Parker-Lindberg Hearings2008
The 22nd Annual Workers' Compensation InstituteRetraining: The Myth from a Defense Perspective2007
Mapleton Land Use SeminarCurrent Issues in Drainage Law for Minnesota2006
Employee Discharge and Documenation in MinnesotaDocumentation Concerning Sexual Harassment or Discrimination Allegations2002
Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations, and Holidays in MinnesotaThe Americans With Disabilities Act2001
Minnesota Workers' CompensationOverview of the Workers' Compensation System In Minnesota2001
1999 Regional Business SeminarThe Impact to Employers of Minnesota's New Tort of Invation of Privacy1999