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With extensive experience in the food and brewing industries, Chris helps employers to solve the full range of employment issues and disputes.

Chris solves employers' problems in the workplace. He first counsels clients on straightforward ways to minimize and manage their legal risks, then provides day-to-day advice on compliance with ever-changing and complex employment laws. When litigation ensues, Chris fights for clients with zeal and determination, all the while making sure clients are making informed choices about risks and rewards at every stage. Chris handles matters across a range of industries including manufacturing, alcohol, cannabis, industrial hemp and telecommunications.

Chris practices in all areas of employment law, but has particular experience on trade secrets, noncompetes, wage and hour, and wrongful termination. While focusing on Colorado, Chris has had the good fortune to practice throughout the country, handling litigations for sophisticated clients in more than two dozen jurisdictions. Chris has a passion for all phases of litigation, but enjoys the court room and appeals.

On behalf of Colorado’s business community, Chris testifies before the Colorado General Assembly on proposed legislation that will affect employers and businesses, as well as submitting amicus briefs to appellate courts on matters of significant public interest.

Chris serves as Husch Blackwell’s Hiring Chair, which includes hiring a summer class of more than 80 summer associates nationwide.




  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - West, 2018-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2021
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2016, Employment & Labor, Rising Star, 2010-2014


  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College
    • cum laude


  • Colorado
  • Washington

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Routinely defeated allegations of discrimination, retaliation, unlawful discharge, breach of contract, family and medical leave violations, labor arbitrations and overtime denials.
  • Regularly represented employers and executives in cases concerning noncompetition and confidentiality agreements.
  • Handled jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and appeals.
Alerts | February 04, 2020
Colorado Overtime and Minimum Pay Standards Order

This impact will also be significant because non-exempt Colorado employees are entitled to overtime for workdays in excess of 12 hours, which is not a requirement under federal law. 

Alerts | April 12, 2019
Colorado's Employers Should Expect Enactment of Paid Family Leave For All

FAMLI, if ultimately enacted, will weave a new, complex and multi-faceted framework into the workplace that will impact all employers and employees in Colorado.

News Releases | October 01, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

Media Mentions | March 24, 2019
Safety + Health: Clearing the air on marijuana
Media Mentions | November 07, 2018
Kansas City Business Journal: Potential issues posed by medical marijuana

Christopher Ottele discusses potential labor issues for employers as a result of Missouri voters' approval to legalize medical marijuana. 

News Releases | October 11, 2018
Benchmark Litigation Recognizes 28 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

Husch Blackwell is recognized as a top litigation firm in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Litigation, with 28 attorneys across six offices listed.

Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Associate Board, 2007-2011 
  • Claremont McKenna College, alumni interviewer, 2002-present  
  • Colorado Civil Justice League, Legal Advisory Board, chair, 2008-present 

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