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Attorney Christopher R. Minelli's practice focuses on helping individuals, small-, and medium-sized businesses with their operational legal needs. Chris started working for himself early and developing expertise in entrepreneurial pursuits while still in high school, such as promoting local rock shows in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, he worked for his family's small contracting business during college. With these experiences, Chris developed an appreciation for the needs and aspirations of small business owners.


In law school, Chris was elected to serve as executive editor of the University of Illinois College of Law's Illinois Business Law Journal. The Journal is an entirely internet-based forum for writings on current business topics.  It allowed students like Chris to post articles for practitioners, judges, and the public instantaneously. Chris was honored with the "featured article" award in the Fall of 2006 for his article on future U.S.-Cuban trade relations.


Chris' academic focuses honed his skills in transactional subjects and he excelled in his real estate and financing courses. Chris has also written a great deal on a variety of subjects ranging from commercial law, real estate, taxation, admiralty law, and international law.


Chris' working experiences at The Singleton Law Firm, P.C. have allowed him to develop expertise in a variety of transactional matters effecting individuals and small business owners. Chris worked a great deal on drafting sales and licensing agreements for small start-up companies and more established businesses. Chris' biggest projects included drafting an international sales agreement for heavy equipment exports to South Korea, which involved a complex series of arrangements from drafting documents that comply with private international law to complying with the U.S. Department of Commerce's trade regulations. Chris also worked on "soft" intellectual property projects for clients including trademarks and copyright, taxation issues for subchapter-S "closely-held" corporations, and forming Illinois not-for-profit corporations.


Chris has also spent time in pro bono and community service pursuits. At Miami University Chris participated in Habitat for Humanity and during law school at the University of Illinois Chris worked with Street Law, an organization dedicated to informing the public of their legal rights. For example, Chris participated in a program in which law students visited first-time juvenile offenders in the Champaign County Corrections Department to teach them about constitutional law.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 15%
  4. Landlord & Tenant: 10%



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  • Sara Michelle Mayo

    Chris cares about his clients and works hard to obtain the results they need. He is an asset to the Illinois Bar. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Ahmad Tayseer Sulaiman

    Attorney Minelli is first and foremost a gentleman. He treats opposing counsel and opposing counsel's Clients with respect. This is more important than most legal professionals will ever realize which is why Attorney Minelli is respected in the community. Our deal for our Clients could have easily fallen through a number times but for Attorney Minelli's patience and skill. It is a pleasure to endorse an Attorney's work when you are working on opposite sides of the table, when that individual is Attorney Minelli. I truly endorse this Attorneys work.


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Contact info

70 West Madison Street Suite 1400
Chicago, IL, 60602-4267

Minelli Law Offices, LLC

417 W. Madison Street.
Suite 206-A
Ottawa, IL, 61350



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Norma G. Bremer ScholarshipMiami University2001
Miami Scholars ScholarshipMiami University2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney & Counselor at LawMinelli Law Offices, LLC2008 - Present
Law ClerkThe Singleton Law Firm, P.C.2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
Miami University of OhioHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Small-Town and Solo Law Practice Q&ALaw Practice Management2009