Chris Fowlkes represents Global 500 companies in disputes that range from high-stakes product liability litigation to multiparty complex commercial litigation to national defense strategic development. Chris is valued for serving as a tenacious advocate who is at his best when faced with a difficult fight, and who also seeks to be fair, balanced and fiscally accountable at every turn.
Chris tries tough personal injury and property damage cases arising out of the alleged defective design or manufacture of various consumer products and commercial litigation matters involving shareholder disputes, noncompete agreements and other types of business oriented litigation. Notably, he has represented a variety of household name product manufacturers in litigation claims that have received national headlines.
A former college football player, Chris vigorously defends his clients with the same passion and commitment he exhibited on the playing field. Chris has been responsible for developing the national litigation strategies of his clients and has implemented discovery strategies designed to deconstruct his opponent's liability theories. Chris has regularly coordinated and vetted potential expert witnesses for the defense of cases with national implications for his clients.
Chris makes a point of beginning each case with a multidimensional analysis of the dispute at hand. He focuses on creating a road map that seeks to limit surprises, adhere to his client's budget, and achieve the desired result. He puts his significant experience with the discovery and deposition phases of litigation to work for his clients.
Chris is appreciated by clients for serving as trusted adviser, and for his tenacity, business acumen and handling of sophisticated litigation. He focuses on providing the meticulous attention to detail and bigger-picture strategy needed both in and out of court.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Defense Research Institute
Member, Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity
Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
Member, Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney, 2004
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 Under Forty, 2007
Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006-11 and 2013