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James Christian Carpenter

Workers compensation Attorney at Mankato, MN

4.9   19 reviews

also known as J. Chris Carpenter, Chris Carpenter

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1997
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Law isn’t just a game to me; it is an opportunity to right a wrong and help others in a meaningful way. I have represented hundreds of people in diverse areas of law. Through my experience, I have found that each unique individual requires an equally unique solution. I provide both guidance and legal representation to my clients. I will help each step of the way. My clients avoid many pitfalls with my help. Take the step in the right direction and give me a call. All calls on consultation are free. If I can’t help your case, I can direct you to someone who can.


Mankato Workers Compensation Lawyer

Mankato Disability Lawyer

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Harvey & Carpenter, Attorneys At Law
75 Teton Ln
Mankato, MN, 56001


4.9 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by SCOTT | December 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
work comp case
Chris helped me with a work comp case. I do believe he helped me get the best medical care that I could have. He helped me with getting to see several different doctors because I did want to hear that there was nothing more that they could do to fix my medical condition. Chris worked with work comp to help get me paid for my lost income on a monthly basis and fought hard to get me the best settlement in the end. thanks for the help
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Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
Thanks for the kind remarks. We enjoyed helping you.
Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
He did a wonderful job of keeping me informed and working through issues. Patient and understanding.
Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
Thank you. We try our best to keep our clients informed!
Posted by Juan | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work camp
I'm happy with his job and if someone needs I will recoment him. He fix my problem of work camp due the insurance they don't wanna pay
Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
Thanks so much. We are here if you need us.
Posted by Luis | July 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great person
Chris did a great job on communicating with me as much as possible on my case he focused on my case and at the end of it we ended with a great result.
Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
Glad you were satisfied. We think client communication is one of our reasons for success.
Posted by Crista | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chris made the entire experience less scary and less stressful
Never thought I would need a lawyer. But I am glad Chris was recommended to me. He made me feel comfortable and treated me like a real human being. He always answered all my questions and would call me back right away if he was busy when I called.
Posted by Ron | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My first experience with a Lawyer and it was not what I expected. He really worked for me and kept me on task so I got everything that he needed. I was not going to do anything when I hurt my back until workmen's comp. was not going to pay any of my doctor bills. They were just going to close my case and I had no say in the matter. Then a friend of mine told me about Chris and I set up a meeting with him and he got me started in the right direction. I no of a couple people that got screwed over by AIG workmen's comp. and I am trying to get ahold of them to get ahold of Chris. It was a good settlement, I just wish I would have been thinking when I signed the settlement to asked for more because they group all my injuries together. Chris was pretty sure they would not have gone anymore. They would just close my climes with out fixing what had happen to me and it comes to out that they can not do that. That is what Chris bought to my attention. He is a good man and a great attorney. I don't remember if I thanked him enough. I took the settlement and Chris told me not to but I need to take care of a few things and make it so my wife did not have to work so had and so much. I want to thank Chris again, Thank you Ron
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Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
Thank you for the review. We did the best we could in your case and we are there to help in the future.
Posted by Jeanne | March 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Has My Interest
Chris or his team always responded to any of my questions or concerns. Always explained process so that I can understand. I felt comfortable with his answers and responses through out the process. Always had my interest as top priority.
Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
We have dedicated staff that work hard. Thank you for acknowledging them. Informed clients make good decision.
Posted by Charmaine | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work comp lawyer
I hired Mr. Carpenter for a work comp injury. He was very straight forward and excellent at explaining all the areas that pertained to my case/ situation. I would highly recommend him to anyone going through the often confusing aspects of the work comp system.
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful threw a dark time.
After searching on Avvo for the best workcomp attorney in Minnesota I came across Mr. Carpenter. He has been helpful threw every step of my injury to recovery to reinjury. I strongly advise anyone looking for good attorney to go with KatoLaw in Mankato Minnesota. I know personaly WorkComp insurance are very hard to deal with! Trust me, if your injured at work, get an attorney ASAP.
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Response from James Carpenter February 25, 2020
We are there to help. I agree that most people should contact a work comp attorney when injured. It never costs anything to at least call one.
Posted by Jerry | March 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job Done
Chris did a Great Job for me with 2 things i had to deal with, with good results. They took my denied case and won. I would recommend Chris and his Staff to my Family, Friends. Great Job done. Thank You
Response from James Carpenter December 14, 2016
Thank you, Jerry. It was a pleasure working with you. Good luck in the future!
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
complicated work related injury
in 2011 I was injured @ work and I knew I was going to need legal help. I had been injured @ a previous employer a few years before this injury so right away my present employer was pointing the finger @ my previous work related injury. it was obvious to me and my family and close friends that my new injury was disabling but my present employer was insisting that my problems were from my previous work related injury. with my previous employer and work related injury I was told by my employer who to have for a lawyer and I was taken advantage of. I thought that being loyal to my employer would be of help to me but I found myself out of a job and with very little compensation and feeling like a criminal for trying to get help. with this work related injury I wanted to make sure that I wouldn't be taken advantage of again. I had talked to other lawyers and not felt comfortable but talking to chris was different as I felt I could trust him and thought that he was very knowledgeable and trustworthy and on my side. I knew I had a real mess and my future depended upon who I chose to represent case took years to complete and was very complicated due to previous work related injury .it took 3 surgerys and many other procedures before I was disabled in 2014 but even then there were problems with social security and the amount I was receiving monthly. chris had to appeal social securitys decision and with his team and he did get my benefits corrected. i feel that chris did a great job for me with my work related injury. he took the time to explain how this process works and i am not easy to explain things to. he kept me informed and suggested a great QRC who helped me through the work comp surgerys doctor appointments and job search. thanks to Mr. Carpenter and his team my life is going forward after my work related injury.
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Response from James Carpenter December 14, 2016
Thanks, we do have a great team and I am glad you noticed. Hope you are doing well. Let me know if I can help you again in the future.
Posted by William | April 17, 2015
Workers' Compensation
I was injured at work in November 2014. I thought I had no avenue for relief until I contacted Attorney Carpenter. He successfully negotiated a settlement, which was far more than I thought I could receive. I'm so thankful to Attorney James Carpenter, and Avvo, for helping me receive justice.
Posted by Betty | September 26, 2014
Great Attorney
James Christian Carpenter and I met and he listened to what I had to say about my injury. He told me what he would do to help me and we began my case. He was on top of all my information and when I had a question he would answer it or find the answer for me. He would call me or send me papers to fill out and explained everything I needed to know. He won my case 3 different times because he was prepared to take them on. Chris knows what needs to be done and gets the job done. I have been very Pleased with him and the Law Firm, they have always been very nice and caring. I have recommended James Christian Carpenter to a lot of my friends who have also been injured. Thank you Chris for all your help and will use you and your Law Firm again when needed.
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Posted by scott lee burgess sr | February 16, 2012
social security
hes a great lawyer took my case with no queistion are a nother lawyer dropped my case i never fealt better and so confiddent
Posted by tim fuchs | September 8, 2011
SSI settlement
I feel Chris Carpenter and his assistant went beyond their responsibilty to work on my disability claim. would recomend him for your one stop legal needs. OUTSTANDING!
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2011
Recommended Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Lawyer
We were very satified with James "Chris" Carpenter and his staff when we made our difficult decision to file chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chris never made us feel low or bad about the financial situation we found ourselves in. He was supporttive and understanding. Our first meeting with Chris was informational only and was very good. He laid out the facts and proceedure for filing bankruptcy. His assistant Amanda was helpful in gathering all the information needed to file. She was in contact throughout the process and kept us informed of what was needed or would happen next. Court day went really smooth. Chris prepared us well for the questions that might be asked & what information we needed to have/share. Filing bankruptcy is a difficult decision, but for us it was the right one. We finally feel like we have are our life back and can now move forward making better financial decisions, thanks to Chris and his staff!
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Posted by steve | March 29, 2011
workman's comp and social secruity
Settled an agreeable workman's compensation claim and of great assistance working through social security disability process. Office support staff very professional.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2011
Workers Compensation Claim
Very thorough, precise, and on top of his game! Represented me very well, and I was very pleased with the out come.
Posted by Christina | August 10, 2012
Chris Carpenter won my work comp case.
Chris Carpenter was my lawyer for a work comp issue. I have never needed a lawyer before for any reason. Chris was very helpful in not only winning my case, he also taught me alot along they way. If I ever had a question about anything. I could just call or email, Chris or his Assistant Amanda. One of them would get back to me the same day. I would recommend choosing, Chris Carpenter you represent you any day. He will get the job done. Thanks again!!!
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Chesley, Kroon, Harvey & Carpenter
  • 1997 - Present


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1997
  • Jamestown College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Steve S. v. SSA
  • Claimant Wins $99,000 in Back Pay
  • Jollxx v. SSA
  • Successful Appeal and Remand to ALJ who found Claimant disabled
  • Dennis S. v. Tafco
  • Judge finds Employee was injured at work and awarded wage loss benefits and medical benefits
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  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 6th District Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 6th District Bar Association
  • Past Vice President
  • 2000 - 2001
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Minnesota State Bar Assocaition, 6th district
  • Past Treasurer
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Scholar-Athlete
  • NAIA
  • 1993
  • Scholar-Athlete
  • NAIA
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Minnesota Rehabilitation Association Annual Conference
  • Ask The Lawyers, Current Issues On Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 2019
  • Minnesota Rehabilitation Spring Conference
  • The Interplay Between Social Security, Unemployment, and Workers Compensation
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (9)
Endorse James
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carpenter is a well respected attorney in Minnesota"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have defended employers and insurers in workers' compensation cases where Chris Carpenter has represented injured workers. Chris is very knowledgeable in the field of workers' compensation. He readily identifies the significant issues and recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of his case and that of his opponents. He zealously represents his clients but always in a civil manner. He is a skilled negotiator and obtains optimum results whether by settlement or at hearing."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Carpenter will fight for you. He handles his client's cases like like a bulldog and never lets go. He will nag the employer and the employer's insurance company until your case is settled-or tried. You can't go wrong with Chris Carpenter!"
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is my partner, but I honestly admire the way he goes to bat for his clients - always willing to dig in and go the extra mile. He meets personally with every client, researches the law, thoroughly reviews the records, and writes a legal memorandum to the judge in every case."
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