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Christopher R. Minelli

Christopher R. Minelli has been an entrepreneur and a problem-solver since the days when he had to get around town on a bicycle.  Originally from the west side of Cincinnati, Chris got his start in business in high school organizing local punk rock and indie rock shows around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, which grew into music promotions into college.

Chris was a member of the United States Air Force ROTC program at Miami University with aspirations to be a pilot until a freak accident left him with an artificial shoulder and a need for a new career.  Law school was a perfect fit for Chris — he could continue to create and innovate for clients.

Chris practices in the state and federal courts of northern Illinois between Springfield and the Wisconsin border, including Chicago and the suburbs.  He resides in Ottawa, Illinois with his wife Melissa and daughter Eloise.

In his free time, Chris enjoys playing the drums — you can take the kid out of the punk rock, but you can’t take the punk rock out of the kid — writing, camping, traveling, and hiking through Starved Rock State Park in his adopted home of LaSalle County, Illinois.

Curriculum Vitae


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, May 2008

A.B., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 2005

Taylor High School, North Bend, Ohio, June 2001


Illinois (2008)

Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2009)

Federal District Court, Central District of Illinois (2010)


Invited Speaker, “Veterinary Malpractice,” sponsored by the ISBA Animal Law Section, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Illinois (September 11, 2014).

Invited Speaker, radio program discussion on business law and copyright, “WYLL” 1160 AM, Elk Grove Village, Illinois (April 7, 2011).

Invited Speaker, “The Legal Side of Authoring and Publishing,” sponsored by Benjamin Williams Publishing, LLC, 2010 Books & Publishing Conference, Chicago, Illinois (November 13, 2010).

Invited Speaker, “WLS Spring Career Panel,” sponsored by the Myra Bradwell Association for Women Law Students, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois (March 18, 2009).


The Argument for a Veterinarian-Client Evidentiary Privilege. [In Progress]

Property and the American Spirit: Explaining the Failure of Land Registration in the United States. [In Progress]

The Miami Triad, in Miami University, 1809-2009: Bicentennial Perspectives 48 (Curtis W. Ellison, ed., 2009).

When Animal Owners Attack: Veterinary Malpractice in Illinois, Tort Source (ISBA, Springfield, Ill.), November 2008, at 1.

Reinforcing the International Conflicts Regime: A Critical Analysis of the Turkish Attack on the Kurdish Worker’s Party, The Globe (ISBA, Springfield, Ill.), March 2008, at 4.

Textualism as a Touchstone for Privately-Focused Treaty Interpretation, The Globe (ISBA, Springfield, Ill.), February 2008, at 6.

Contractual Foundations of Universal Human Rights, Human Rights (ISBA, Springfield, Ill.), June 2007, at 2.