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Christopher Jay Cadem

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Chris Cadem concentrates his practice on litigation matters in both civil and criminal cases. His experience includes numerous successful trials and appeals. Chris is also a contract attorney for the Otter Tail County District Court, where he performs work in juvenile delinquency cases, prosecutes appeals for termination of parental rights and other child protection cases, and appears in criminal proceedings as standby defense counsel.


Prior to forming Cadem Law Group, Chris practiced at a small Minnesota based law firm where he founded the firm's first civil litigation practice. Prior to that, he worked as the vice president and as legal counsel for an insurance agency located in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an intern lobbyist in Washington D.C. for Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.


Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in both political science and psychology from the University of Minnesota Morris with Highest Distinction, where he was honored with the prestigious Scholar of the College Award and the Gieske Academic Award. He was also a Phi Kappa Phi honorary and presented independent research on the impact of social identity on voting behavior at the University of Minnesota Research Symposium and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Kentucky.


Chris received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. While a student there, Chris was in the Maynard Pirsig Appellate Advocacy Moot Court, where he was awarded honors and was recognized for his section's best appellate brief. He was also selected as a student director of the University of Minnesota Housing Law Clinic and to take part in the Kommerstad Center's Business Law Clinic. During his final year in school, Chris externed with the Honorable Richard H. Kyle of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.


In his practice and personal life, Chris works diligently to have a positive influence in his community and on the lives of the people around him. Chris gives back to his community through multiple volunteer organizations. He is currently an officer of the Fergus Falls Jaycees where he has served as president, vice president of membership, and treasurer. He is also currently the president of the Fergus Falls Lions, the secretary and treasurer of the Otter Tail County Bar Association, and an Ambassador for the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce.


Chris currently resides in the lakes area with his wife, Elizabeth. In his spare time, he enjoys home renovation and improvement, biking, fishing, weight training, sailing, and woodworking, and has recently started work on a book and screenplay.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years
  2. Family: 20%
    11 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    11 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    11 years



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  • Carolyn Andersen Burghart

    I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cadem is one of the finest examples of true professionalism in the practice of law and a client centered attorney. He is a leader in his profession and community. In his career, Mr. Cadem has successfully litigated difficult cases in a variety of fields, including both criminal and civil matters, while successfully building one of the most successful practices in Minnesota. Mr. Cadem has appeared numerous times in front of the Court of Appeals and has successfully defended many high profile clients in lengthy jury trials. Mr. Cadem is easily one of the very best attorneys in Minnesota.


    Carolyn Burghart Child custody Attorney
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Contact info

1005 Pebble Lk Rd
Suite 209
Fergus Falls, MN, 56537-3109

1014 Arcade Street
St. Paul, MN, 55106



MNAuthorized to practice200508/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Up and Coming AttorneyMinnesota Lawyer2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
North Star LawyerMinnesota State Bar Association2015
North Star LawyerMinnesota State Bar Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Gold Treasurer AwardMinnesota State Jaycees2011
Honors - Maynard Pirsig Appellate Moot CourtUniversity of Minnesota Law School2004
Section Best BriefUniversity of Minnesota Law School2004
Gieske Acedemic AwardUniversity of MinnesotaN/A
Scholar of the CollegeUniversity of MinnesotaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCadem Law Group, PLLC2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyHatling Law Office2006 - 2009
Company CounselTrusted Family Insurance, Inc.2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Otter Tail County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer2010 - Present
Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Minnesota Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Fergus Falls JayceesVice President Membership/Treasurer2012 - 2013
Midwest Defense Lawyers GuildPresident2011 - 2016
Fergus Falls LionsPresident2010 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beck v. NoskaDismissal
State v. HamilAcquitted
State v. J.AAcquitted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Minnesota, MorrisPolitical Science and PsychologyBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Law, the Facts, and the Reality of Drinking and Driving in MinnesotaCriminal - DWI Legal Developments2013
Taking Charge of Money MattersAn Introduction to Wills and Probate in MInnesota2012
Radio Guest Host: "Ask the Attorney"Don't Drink and Drive2012
Minnesota DWI Laws: Tricks, Traps and Pitfalls Every Driver Should KnowCriminal - DWI2012
Fergus Falls Lions ClubDWIs in Minnesota: What Every Motorist Should Know2012
United States Immigration Naturalization CeremonyCivic Responsibilities of Citizenship2011