MINNEAPOLIS (January 2015) – Robins Kaplan LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher W. Madel has been named the new Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group.
“Chris is a well-regarded leader in both action and word. I am confident that his role as Chair will serve to benefit both clients and the firm as a whole,” stated Martin R. Lueck, Chairman of the firm’s Executive Board.
Mr. Madel is a partner in Robins Kaplan LLP’s Minneapolis office. In addition to his new role as Chair of the Business Litigation practice group, he serves as Chair of the firm’s Government and Internal Investigations practice group and sits on the firm’s Executive Board. Mr. Madel is regularly sought after to represent corporations and individuals in their most sensitive and grave matters. He has represented clients in substantial minority-shareholder disputes, billion-dollar claims in connection with major corporate acquisitions, alleged theft of trade secrets, computer hacking, and corporate espionage. He is the first person to be honored as Minnesota Lawyer’s “Attorney of the Year” in three consecutive years. Chris’s matters including the following in which he served as lead counsel:
- a RICO case that resulted in a $186 million judgment that was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in 2014;
- a nine-count, federal criminal bank-fraud case that resulted in across-the-board acquittals for the client, a bank vice president, when both of the vice president’s co-defendants were convicted of various fraud crimes;
- an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court where the court held, in a published decision in 2014, that the Minnesota Lawyer’s Board of Professional Responsibility acted arbitrarily and capriciously;
- representing a national retail food chain in a class action based on the hiring of illegal immigrants—the case settled for $0;
- representing two Fortune 500 companies in cases involving computer hacking, where, after conducting an internal investigation, he obtained permanent injunctions against the international and domestic wrongdoers; and
- conducting internal investigations of the Minnesota Vikings (regarding allegations advanced by its former punter, Chris Kluwe, as well as the 2003 Arctic Blast), the Fiesta Bowl, and various Fortune 500 companies that have become victims of fraud.
Robins Kaplan LLP’s Business Litigation attorneys handles high-stakes, mission-critical litigation, and knows how to efficiently resolve smaller cases with a view to the bottom line. The team has developed particular depth serving the entertainment, food and beverage, insurance and retail industries, and also maintains several nationally recognized practices, including cases in antitrust, fraud, and internal investigations.