Christopher W. Madel

800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 2800
Minneapolis, MN 55402

A partner and Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation department, Chris Madel is regularly sought after to represent corporations, law firms, and individuals in their most sensitive and grave matters.  He has represented corporations, law firms, and individuals in many delicate and high-profile investigations and lawsuits (civil and criminal), including trying numerous cases before juries and judges.  His substantive experience includes representing clients in substantial minority-shareholder disputes, billion-dollar claims in connection with major corporate acquisitions, alleged theft of trade secrets, computer hacking, corporate espionage, allegations of attorney malpractice and misconduct, as well as defending claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies relating to alleged regulatory violations and white-collar crimes.

Mr. Madel’s work has received praise from clients, the media, and even his adversaries.  By way of a few examples, in 2014, he led an internal investigation into the Minnesota Vikings’ release of its former punter, Chris Kluwe.  Both the Vikings and Mr. Kluwe’s counsel praised the resulting report.  In 2010, Mr. Madel led an internal investigation into allegations that the Fiesta Bowl (located in Phoenix, Arizona) had reimbursed employees for campaign contributions, that a prior investigation had covered-up criminal conduct, and that the Fiesta Bowl had made numerous other improper expenditures.  His investigation received widespread praise, including from the Arizona Attorney General, the Arizona Republic’s Editorial Board, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Task Force formed to review the report, the NCAA’s President, and other media and legal commentators.  And finally, Mr. Madel and a former partner defended Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett against felony criminal charges.  Upon his acquittal of all charges after jury trial, Mr. Puckett told the gathered media that he “had the greatest lawyers in the world.”

Mr. Madel is well known as an aggressive, creative, and highly intelligent advocate for his clients.  A 2011 Minneapolis/St. Paul StarTribune article about Mr. Madel entitled, “He pursues fraud with tenacity of linebacker,” stated:  “What Madel cares about is fraud. Often, he’s working for people or companies accused of committing it or other crimes. But the Minneapolis attorney has also earned a growing national profile as the lawyer companies and organizations turn to when they think they’re being ripped off by their own senior executives.”

Mr. Madel has received numerous awards for his work. He is the first lawyer that The Minnesota Lawyer selected as “Attorney of the Year” for three consecutive years (2011, 2012, and 2013).  The National Trial Lawyers Association named him as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  His peers have selected him as a “Super Lawyer” in every year since 2003.  And in late 2012, Mr. Madel appeared on the cover of the premier issue of Attorney at Law magazine in Minnesota.  The article regarding Mr. Madel concluded by stating, “Whether it’s seeing to it that justice is served or ensuring that his clients are acquitted, Christopher Madel represents either side of the table with integrity, staunch loyalty and legal expertise that continue to set the benchmark in local, regional and national cases.”

Honors and Achievements:
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-2017 editions)
  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2015-2016)
  • Named a “Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation (2014-2016 editions)
  • Named to the “Circle of Excellence,” Minnesota Lawyer (2012 and 2013) honoring the multiple years the publication has named him an “Attorney of the Year"
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2003-2016)
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” The National Trial Lawyers Association (2012)
  • “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer (2011-2013)
  • “Top 40 in Criminal Defense” by Minnesota Law & Politics
  • “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics (1998-2002)
  • Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award (1989)
  • John M. Dozier Award (1988)
Speaking Engagements:
  • Internal Investigations
    • Ethics & Compliance Initiative, Managing Ethics in Organizations, Waltham, Massachusetts (June 16, 2016)
  • The Importance of Diligence and Independence When Conducting Internal Investigations
    • The American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Birmingham, Alabama (February 26, 2016)
  • ‘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)
  • What Civil Lawyers Can Learn From Criminal Lawyers and Vice-Versa Panel
    • The 40th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 26, 2014)
  • Medicare and Medicaid Fraud: Government's Use of the False Claims Act
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Corporate Healthcare Symposium, Rochester, Minnesota (September 12, 2013)
  • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: Fiesta Bowl Case Study
    • Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Waltham, Massachusetts (June 12, 2013)
  • Maintaining the Integrity of Internal Investigations: The Fiesta Bowl Case Study
    • Minnesota State Bar Association (September 27, 2011)
  • 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
    • Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (April 27-29, 2011)
  • What Criminal Defense Lawyers Should Know About Social Media Web Sites
    • Webinar (August 2010)
  • IP Crimes: When Civil Infringement Turns Criminal
    • Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California 30th Annual Intellectual Property Institute (November 5, 2005)
  • Joint Defense and Indemnification
    • Minnesota CLE, White-Collar Criminal Law Summit 2005 (October 31, 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)
  • Considerations Regarding Hiring Individual Counsel, Joint Defense Agreements, and Corrective Action
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Conducting Internal Investigations in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (July 24, 2003)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P Trial Advocacy Program (March 5-8 & April 9-12, 2003)
  • Enron & Beyond: Accountants Are No Longer Boring & Roundtable Discussion: Responding to the Corporate Crisis
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., White Collar Crime Seminar: Pinstripes to Jail Stripes (September 17, 2002)
  • Expert Witness Program
    • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (November 1-3, 2001)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Trial Advocacy Program (February 14-17, 2001 and March 14-17, 2001)
  • Essential Considerations for Cross-Border Internal Investigations
    • American Journal of Trial Advocacy 39 (2016)
  • Maintaining the Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privileges in an Internal Investigation
    • (March 19, 2014)
  • Barriers to Discovery in Criminal Defense
    • Inside The Minds: Managing White Collar Legal Issues (February 1, 2013)
  • Court Orders Warn Against Foot-dragging in Government Investigations
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Antitrust Bulletin (February 2, 2011)
  • Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the Age of Obama
    • Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. (April 19, 2010)
  • Predatory Conduct Under Section Two of the Sherman Act: Dead or Alive?
    • 2 Sedona Conf. J. 73 (Fall 2001)
  • The Modern RICO Enterprise: The Inoperation and Mismanagement of Reves v. Ernst & Young
    • 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))