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Christopher P. Renz


A partner and shareholder at Chestnut Cambronne, Chris Renz is a litigator with a wealth of experience in all facets of litigation from the initiation of a case through a jury trial. He prides himself in zealous, but thoughtful, representation of a range of clients, from national plaintiffs’ classes to individual parties in a dispute. Chris concentrates his civil litigation practice in the areas of real estate, commercial disputes, class action, construction, and employment law. He also has an excellent command of criminal law, both prosecution and defense, including serving as the chief prosecuting attorney for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Chris represents clients in a wide range of forums, including arbitration, state district court, federal district court, and appellate courts at both levels. Within those forums, Chris has represented clients in jury trials, court trials, appeals, depositions, motions, and hearings. The combination of experience in the criminal and civil arenas allows Chris to bring a rounded perspective in counseling clients, as well as experience as a trial attorney.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Chris is a legal writing instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has taught since 2003. Chris is also a supervisor for the University of Minnesota Law School Prosecution Clinic and a regular presenter for continuing legal education courses on a range of subjects. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Hennepin County Bar Association. Chris has been active with pro bono work in the legal community, including through the Volunteer Lawyers Network. Further, Chris volunteers time within his community. Chris has been repeatedly named a Minnesota Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, and the Wall Street Journal LawBlog Lawyer of the Day.