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Christopher W. Fowlkes

Christopher W. Fowlkes


With a “larger than life” presence, Chris Fowlkes is an accomplished attorney with a diverse product liability and commercial litigation practice. A former University of Minnesota football player, Chris’s stature alone can be intimidating to courtroom opponents, but it is his skill in defending his clients that makes him a real threat to opposing counsel.

Chris is a partner with experience defending Global 500 companies within the automotive, medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer product industries. He defends his clients in high-profile cases ranging from complex product liability litigation and multi-party commercial litigation matters throughout the United States. Additionally, he is well-versed in pattern and class action litigation. He currently is working on IVC filter litigation, which is ongoing.

Throughout his practice, Chris has tried several difficult and sophisticated cases, serving as both first- and second-chair. He has also represented utility companies and paint applicator manufacturers in catastrophic personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of the alleged negligence, defective design or manufacture, maintenance and/or installation of various products and services. Chris advises his clients on defense strategies to bring about the most favorable outcome in every case.

The same presence and passion Chris brings to the courtroom is also embodied in his advocacy for diversity in the legal profession. Chris is Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves on a number of organizations focused on diversity initiatives. In 2013 he was a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1998

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1998
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. Philosophy, 1995
    Dean's List

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity
      —Fellow, 2013
    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
      Former Vice President, 2007
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice
    • National Bar Association


    • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
      —"40 Under 40," 2007
    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Diversity Award," 2020
    • —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2004
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2013, 2011 - 2006

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "Black History Month Conversation" Panelist, Webinar, February 2021


  • "FDA Requires Food Safety Defense Plans... Will Courts Do the Same?" Co-Author, Client Alert, June 2016