Christopher W. Madel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Madel PA
 | 800 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-605-0630
Fax: 612-326-9990
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founding partner at Madel PA, Christopher W. Madel has developed a well-deserved reputation as a leading trial attorney. Working out of the firm's offices in Minneapolis, he provides vigorous advocacy to his personal and business clients throughout Minnesota and other parts of the country. Admitted to practice in Minnesota, Mr. Madel is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th Circuits.

    A significant portion of Mr. Madel's caseload consists of complex civil litigation. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving shareholder disputes, the misappropriation of trade secrets, fiduciary duty breaches, trademark infringement, false advertising, computer and securities fraud, the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, antitrust and attorney malpractice.

    Mr. Madel has a criminal defense practice as well. His cases in this regard have included stock manipulation, bank fraud, felony false imprisonment, embezzlement, theft, death threats, domestic violence, tax crimes and alleged Mann Act violations. Mr. Madel's successful track record in all of his professional endeavors has earned him a great amount of recognition from his fellow attorneys. The recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 every year since 2012. Mr. Madel is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to his practice areas to bar associations and other groups. He attended the University of Michigan Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1992.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Business Litigation
    • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 19 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2021 Rising Stars: 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002

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    About Christopher Madel

    Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award (1989) 
    • John M. Dozier Award (1988)
    • “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics (1998-2002) 
    • Fellow, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (2017) 
    • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015 & 2016) 
    • “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2011, 2012, and 2013--first lawyer to win in three consecutive years) 
    • “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2014, 2015, & 2016) 
    • The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2017 editions) 
    • Selected “Top 40 in Criminal Defense” by Minnesota Law & Politics 
    • Named to the “Circle of Excellence,” Minnesota Lawyer (2012 and 2013) 
    • Selected as "Top 100 Super Lawyer" for State of Minnesota 
    • “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” The National Trial Lawyers Association (every year since 2012) 
    • Selected to "America's Top 100 Attorneys" (2017) 
    • Selected “Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (every year from 2003-present) 

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Policy Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
    • Member, Board of Directors, Innocence Project of Minnesota 
    • U.S. District Court, Colorado 
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court, Minnesota 
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin 
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia 
    • U.S. Supreme Court 
    • Georgia
    • Minnesota

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Board of Directors, Illusion Theatre 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Age of Obama, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (April 19, 2010) 
    • The Modern RICO Enterprise: The Operation and Mismanagement of Reves v. Ernst & Young, 71 Tulane Law Review 1133 (1997) (cited in Sikes v. AT&T, 179 F.R.D. 342, 354 n.12 (S.D. Ga. 1998), Emcore Corp. v. PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. 102 F. Supp. 2d 237 (2000)
    • Predatory Conduct Under Section Two of the Sherman Act: Dead or Alive?, 2 Sedona Conf. J. 73 (Fall 2001) 
    • Expert Witness Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (November 1-3, 2001, February 14-17, 2001 and March 14-17, 2001)
    • Court Orders Warn Against Foot-dragging in Government Investigations, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Antitrust Bulletin (February 2, 2011) 
    • Barriers to Discovery in Criminal Defense, Inside The Minds: Managing White Collar Legal Issues (February 1, 2013) 
    • Maintaining the Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privileges in an Internal Investigation (March 19, 2014) 
    • Essential Considerations for Cross-Border Internal Investigations, 39 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 577 (Spring 2016) 
    • Chris Madel & Jenny Robbins, How to Promote Opportunities for In-Court Experience on a Practical Level, With Equal Right (Spring 2018) 
    • Considerations Regarding Hiring Individual Counsel, Joint Defense Agreements, and Corrective Action 
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., White Collar Crime Seminar: Pinstripes to Jail Stripes (September 17, 2002) 
    • Enron & Beyond:  Accountants Are No Longer Boring & Roundtable Discussion:  Responding to the Corporate Crisis
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P Trial Advocacy Program (March 5-8 & April 9-12, 2003) 
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Conducting Internal Investigations in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (July 24, 2003) 
    • IP Crimes: When Civil Infringement Turns Criminal, Napa Valley, California, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California 30th Annual Intellectual Property Institute (November 5, 2005) 
    • Winning By The Rules - Tactics and Consideration in the Application of The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (January 23-24, 2004) 
    • Joint Defense and Indemnification, Minnesota CLE, White-Collar Criminal Law Summit 2005 (October 31, 2005) 
    • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: The Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Keynote Address, Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (April 27-29, 2011) 
    • What Criminal Defense Lawyers Should Know About Social Media Web Sites, Webinar (August 2010) 
    • Internal Investigations, Ethics & Compliance Initiative, Managing Ethics in Organizations, Waltham, Massachusetts (June 16, 2016) 
    • Internal Investigations: Reveal and Remediate vs. Deny and Defend, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (September 11-14, 2011) 
    • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: The Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Minnesota State Bar Association (September 27, 2011) 
    • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: Fiesta Bowl Case Study, Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Waltham, Massachusetts (June 12, 2013) 
    • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud: Government's Use of the False Claims Act, Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Healthcare Symposium, Rochester, Minnesota (September 12, 2013) 
    • What Civil Lawyers Can Learn From Criminal Lawyers and Vice-Versa Panel, The 40th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26, 2014) 
    • "Yeah, but I Didn’t Really Mean That…’ How to Effectively Use Social Media Postings at Trial, Robins Kaplan LLP Trial Advocacy Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 6, 2015) 
    • The Importance of Diligence and Independence When Conducting Internal Investigations, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Birmingham, Alabama (February 26, 2016) 


    • Niemi v. Burgess, 874 F. Supp. 2d 1048 (D. Colo. 2012)
    • In re Petition for Review of Panel Decision Against Respondent, Panel Case No. 35104, 851 N.W.2d 620, 624-26 (Minn. 2014)
    • NJK Holding v. The Araz Group, Inc./jury trial & appellate win
    • NJK Holding Corp. v. The Araz Group, Inc., 878 N.W.2d 515 (Minn. App. 2016)
    • Mauzy v. Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc., Civ. No. 02-879 AJB, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5098 (Mar. 4, 2004)
    • Omnicare, Inc. v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., 594 F. Supp. 2d 945 (N.D. Ill. 2009)
    • Omnicare, Inc. v. UnitedHealth Group, Inc., 629 F.3d 697 (7th Cir. 2011)
    • EchoStar v. DirectTV, Circuit City, Best Buy Co., Inc., et. al.
    • State of Minnesota v. Kirby Puckett
    • Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC v. Freeman, 717 S.E.2d 43 (N.C. Ct. App. 2011)
    • Barnett Chrysler Plymouth Co. v. Kia Motors Am., Inc., Civ. No. 08-828 (ADM/JSM) (Oct. 27, 2008)
    • United States v. National Automobiles Dealers Ass’n. 
    • United States v. Said
    • United States v. Abdulkadir

    Educational Background:

    • Macalester College, B.A., magna cum laude, Majors:  Economics & Political Science, Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, Phi Beta Kappa, John M. Dozier Award, Senior Honors Thesis (received Highest Honors for same):  Takeovers: Insider Trading, Poison Pills, and Market Efficiency, 1989  
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    800 Hennepin Avenue
    Suite 800
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Phone: 612-605-0630

    Fax: 612-326-9990

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