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Christopher L. Ottele

Christopher L. Ottele

Partner
Denver
office: 303.749.7209
fax: 303.749.7272
Overview

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

He counsels clients on straightforward ways to minimize and manage their legal risks and provides day-to-day advice on compliance with varied federal, state and local laws governing the workplace. Chris uses his years of experience to zealously advocate for employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and administrative claims. His accomplishments include:

  • Defeating allegations of discrimination, retaliation, unlawful discharge, breach of contract, family and medical leave violations, labor arbitrations and overtime denials.
  • Representing employers and executives in cases concerning noncompetition and confidentiality agreements.
  • Handling jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and appeals.

His litigation experience extends beyond employment matters. Throughout his career, Chris has represented businesses in complex litigation in such diverse areas of the law as contracts, antitrust, insurance coverage, qui tam, Consumer Protection Act and real estate transactions. 

On behalf of Colorado’s business community, Chris regularly works with and testifies before the Colorado General Assembly on proposed legislation that will affect employers and businesses.

Chris currently serves as the firm's Chair of Hiring.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star - West, 2019
  • Colorado Super Lawyers, 2016, Employment & Labor, Rising Star, 2010-2014

Education

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

Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Washington

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
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