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Chris Wachtler has been litigating civil and criminal cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1996. Chris served as a prosecutor in Pine and Washington counties at the outset of his career, trying misdemeanor and felony cases for five years before entering private practice with a firm in St. Paul in 2001.

In May, 2013, he opened the Wachtler Law Office at 831 Como Ave. in St. Paul, which is also the home of the St. Paul Police Federation.

Chris handles a broad range of cases, including labor and employment cases, personal injury cases, professional licensing actions, and appeals.  A major focus of Chris’ practice involves representing public sector employees and unions involved in disputes with local units of government as well as the state of Minnesota.  He also appears regularly before the Minnesota Board of Nursing, representing registered nurses threatened with discipline.

Besides litigating civil and criminal cases in district courts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, Chris has represented clients in numerous labor arbitration hearings, veterans preference hearings, civil service hearings before the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civil Service Commissions, and other types of administrative proceedings.

His representative clients include the Woodbury Police Officers Association, St. Paul Police Federation, the Police Officers’ Federation of Minneapolis, Law Enforcement Labor Services, IAFF local 21 (St. Paul Firefighters), the Minnesota Nurses Association and the Minnesota Conservation Officers Association.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 75%
    15 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    15 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • David Allen Lutz

    Chris is a fantastic employment and personal injury lawyer who has demonstrated success time and again. Chris is extremely efficient and a cost effective alternative to the big firm experience. Chris is very adept at getting to practical solutions and has been very successful in stressful situations. I highly recommend Chris to anyone who needs employment or personal injury advice or representation..


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  • Jennifer Ann Jameson

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an experienced, intelligent attorney who works diligently to advance his clients' best interests.


    Jennifer Jameson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Wachtler Law Office

831 Como Ave
Saint Paul, MN, 55103-1463


WIGood Standing200303/25/2015
MNAuthorized to practice199507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2016
Rising StarSuperLawyers2008
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWachtler Law2013 - Present
AttorneyCollins and Buckley2001 - 2013
Assistant County AttorneyWashington County Attorney's Office1998 - 2001
Assistant County AttorneyPine County Attorney's Office1996 - 1998
Law ClerkAnoka County District Court1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A1995 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolN/ADoctor of Law (J.D.)1995
St John's UniversityN/ABA1991
White Bear Lake Area High SchoolN/AN/A1987