Christopher L. Ottele: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Christopher L. Ottele

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Alcohol & Beverage
  • Labor & Employment
  • Business Litigation
  • E-Discovery
Contact InfoTelephone: 303-749-7209
Fax: 303.749.7272
University Claremont McKenna College, B.A., cum laude, 1996
Law SchoolUniversity of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1999
Admitted1999, Washington; 2002, Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Colorado Bar Association
•Denver Bar Association


With particular expertise in the food and brewing industries, Chris represents employers on a full range of employee 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 that govern the workplace. Chris works to understand his clients' business needs and the economic forces shaping their industries.

In litigation, 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.

Chris also has advised clients for more than 12 years in the area of e-discovery and has organized massive electronic document productions in response to government investigations and civil litigation. His practice includes preparing litigation holds, e-discovery planning and the preparation of document retention policies and schedules.

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.

Awards and Recognitions
Colorado Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, Rising Star, 2010-2014

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

Business Insights

Business Insights
5.12.14 The Colorado Supreme Court Will Decide if Employers Can Discharge Employees for Medical Marijuana Use
Food & Agribusiness Blog
3.06.14 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO
10.02.13 Business for Breakfast Roundtable - ADA Update
Seminar Denver, CO
2.26.13 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO
4.03.12 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO
2.11.11 Labor & Employment Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO
8.25.10 Franchise & Distribution Seminar
Seminar Denver, CO
8.17.10 Do your non-compete agreements contain a liquidated damages provision? Recent case law suggests they should.
6.28.10 Healthcare Reform Regulations Issued Addressing Grandfathered Plans
6.23.10 Supreme Court Cautions on Scope of Employee Privacy Interests in Electronic Communications

In The News
3.14.14 2014 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Names 14 Husch Blackwell Attorneys
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3.15.13 Eleven Husch Blackwell Attorneys Are Named 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers; An Additional Eight Named Rising Stars
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3.02.12 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012 Names 17 Husch Blackwell Attorneys
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3.09.11 Colorado Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2011 Names Four Husch Blackwell Attorneys
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2.28.11 Colorado Civil Justice League Blog: CCJL Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on Settlement Offers, Double Recovery
News Coverage
3.17.10 Colorado Super Lawyers 2010 Names Three Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys; Four Others Listed As Rising Stars
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The Colorado Supreme Court Will Decide if Employers Can Discharge Employees for Medical Marijuana Use
Christopher L. Ottele, May 16, 2014
Colorado has gained widespread attention and notoriety (or acclaim, depending on your point of view), for its attempts to legalize marijuana use. While Amendment 64, Colorado’s 2012 constitutional amendment authorizing the use of recreational use of marijuana, has dominated media attention,...
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Christopher L. Ottele

1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4700
DenverCO 80203


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