Christopher J. Haugen

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3730

chaugen@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Brenda Hanson

612-672-3686

Profile

Christopher Haugen is a tough, thoughtful litigator who works hard to achieve great results for his clients in all manner of business disputes. He has been named to Minnesota Super Lawyers® list as a Rising Star, which recognizes the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State.   

Chris litigates a wide variety of cases including employment, contract, shareholder/closely-held business disputes, intellectual property, real estate, and other business torts. He is driven to first understand his clients’ objectives and then craft an effective legal strategy to match. He has experience in all phases of litigation and has obtained favorable results on behalf of clients in state and federal court. 

Prior to joining the firm, Chris practiced at Anthony Ostlund and Bassford Remele in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he represented clients in diverse matters including business/commercial litigation, professional liability, construction litigation, products liability, and personal injury. 

Representative Experience
  • Successfully opposed motion for temporary injunction on behalf of incoming manufacturer’s representative who was set to replace outgoing manufacturer’s representative in five-state territory. Case against client voluntarily dismissed with prejudice. Davis & Assocs., Inc. v. Crestron Electronics, Inc. and JTH Lighting Alliance, Inc., File No. 27-CV-17-1092 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2017)
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of bank client on statute of limitations grounds in case involving alleged conversion of a negotiable instrument subject to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). German Constr., Inc. v. HMN Financial, Inc., et. al., Case No. 55-CV-16-8502 (Minn. Dist. Ct. 2017)
  • Obtained summary judgement on behalf of client in federal court patent case on counterclaims for defamation, false advertising under the Lanham Act, unfair business practices under California’s Business and Professional Code, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Johnstech Int’l Corp. v. Jf Microtechnology SDN BHD, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104380 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 8, 2016)
  • Fended-off motion to dismiss on behalf of client on seven of nine asserted claims in complex commercial case related to failure to pay minority shareholder for interest in company tendered to effectuate a tax-equity transaction related to a renewable energy power plant project. Strategic Energy Concepts, LLC v. Otoka Energy, LLC, et. al., Case No. 0:16-cv-00463 (MJD-BRT) 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180888 (D. Minn. Nov. 18, 2016), aff’d Strategic Energy Concepts, LLC v. Otoka Energy, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 472 (D. Minn. Jan. 3, 2017)

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client in federal court in business dispute on all counts including promissory estoppel, slander, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty. Reisdorf v. i3, LLC, et al., 129 F. Supp. 3d 751 (D. Minn., Sept. 11, 2015)

Publications & Presentations

Publications 

  • Author, “Independent Contractor Or Employee – Revisiting The Distinction In Light Of Rising Incentives To Misclassify Workers” – C-Level Magazine, Minnesota Edition, January 2017

  • Co-Author, “Fiduciary Duty Litigation” – New Topic in the Fourth Edition of the treatise Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts, published by Thompson West / ABA Commercial Litigation Division, December 2016

  • Author, “UDAAP and the CFPB: What It Is and How It Applies” – ACA International, Inc. Webinar materials, 2014-2015

  • Co-Author, “Remodeling the Relationship: Modifying the Tripartite Relationship between Insurer, Insured, and the Insured’s Attorney” – International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law and Litigation Committee Newsletter, January 2013  

Presentations 

  • Presenter, “Overview of HIPPA: What You Need to Know” – Medical Records Law in Minnesota Seminar, January 2014

  • Presenter, “What Students and Instructors Learned at the MDLA Trial Academy” – Mid-Winter Conference, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, February 2012

Professional & Community

Admissions 

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Associations 

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
Honors & Distinctions