Christopher L.  Ottele

Christopher L. Ottele



Solves employers’ workplace challenges and employment law disputes.

Chris Ottele takes pride in his ability to help employers manage the workplace. He counsels clients on straightforward, practical ways to minimize and manage their legal risks, then provides day-to-day advice on compliance with ever-changing employment laws and sensitive workplace situations. Chris conducts workplace investigations into employee misconduct. When litigation ensues, Chris fights for clients with zeal and determination, ensuring they are making informed choices about risks, costs and rewards at every stage.

Chris practices in all areas of employment law, but has developed particular skill advocating for clients in claims involving restrictive covenants, wage and hour law, retaliation, discrimination and other types of wrongful termination claims. He regularly defends class and collective actions. While focusing on his home state of Colorado, Chris has practiced throughout the country, handling litigation for sophisticated clients in more than two dozen jurisdictions. Chris has a passion for the court room and appeals. His litigation experience often translates to complex commercial disputes, including breach of contract, intellectual property, trade secrets and consumer protection.

On behalf of Colorado’s business community, Chris testifies before the Colorado General Assembly on proposed legislation that will affect employers and businesses, as well as submitting amicus briefs to appellate courts on matters of significant public interest. Additionally, he chairs the firm’s employment litigation group.



J.D., University of Chicago Law School

B.A., Claremont McKenna College, cum laude