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Christopher W. Bowman

Christopher Bowman joined Madigan, Dahl & Harlan as an associate in November 2019. His practice area is a blend of litigation and transactional work, with a particular emphasis on appeals and litigation, having successfully argued before State and Federal courts and administrative bodies, both at the trial and appellate levels, across the country.

Chris has served on the Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section since 2018, and in 2022 was elected to serve as its Chair. In addition to his private clients, Chris has represented the MSBA before the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Minnesota Court of Appeals on multiple occasions, either as amicus or as counsel appointed by the appellate courts or the MSBA to ensure a full development of the arguments, on matters relating to civil rights litigation, family law, and civil procedure. In recognition of his pro bono appellate service, Chris was awarded the MSBA's Award of Professional Excellence in June 2019.

Chris received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and English from Lawrence University of Wisconsin before earning his J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business/Civil/Corporate/Commercial Law and Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Distribution and Franchise Law and Litigation
  • Employment Law and Litigation
  • Real Estate Law and Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota, 2009
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2014
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2016
Professional Associations
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • MSBA Appellate Practice Section (Section Chair, 2022-2023; Section Council, 2018-Present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Rising Star (Labor & Employment), 2018-2022
  • Best Lawyers in America (Railroad Law), 2018-2020
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Professional Excellence Award, 2019

Representative Cases

  • Grimes v. BNSF Ry. Co., 746 F3d 184 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Wooten v. BNSF Ry. Co., 387 F.Supp.3d 1078 (D.Mont. 2019)
  • Thornton v. Bosquez, 933 N.W.2d 781 (Minn. 2019) (for amicus curiae Minnesota State Bar Association)
  • N.H. v. Anoka-Hennepin Indep. Sch. Dist. No. 11, 950 N.W.2d 553 (Minn. App. 2020) (for amicus curiae Minnesota State Bar Association)