Civil and Criminal Litigation Attorney serving Minnesota & Wisconsin

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Chris Wachtler


Chris Wachtler has been litigating civil and criminal cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1996. Chris served as a prosecutor in Pine and Washington counties at the outset of his career, trying misdemeanor and felony cases for five years before entering private practice with a firm in St. Paul in 2001.

In May, 2013, he opened the Wachtler Law Office.

Chris handles a broad range of cases, including labor and employment cases, personal injury cases, professional licensing actions, and appeals.  A major focus of Chris’ practice involves representing public sector employees and unions involved in disputes with local units of government as well as the state of Minnesota.  He also regularly appears before various Minnesota professional licensing Boards, including the Minnesota Board of Nursing, the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board, and the Board of Medical Practice.

Besides litigating civil and criminal cases in district and appellate courts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, Chris has represented clients in numerous labor arbitration hearings, veterans preference hearings, civil service hearings before the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civil Service Commissions, and other types of administrative proceedings.

Chris Wachtler’s Resume

  • St. John’s University, 1991
  • University of Minnesota Law School, 1995
  • Law Clerk, the Hon. Stephen L. Muehlberg, Anoka County -1996
  • Assistant Pine County Attorney, 1996-1998
  • Assistant Washington County Attorney, 1998-2001
  • Collins, Buckley, Sauntry and Haugh, 2001-2013
  • Wachtler Law Office, 2013-Present