Cort C. Holten
Of Counsel


Cort Holten is Of Counsel at Chestnut Cambronne and is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of topics including co-authoring The Minnesota Divorce Revolution; 1989; 2nd Edition, 1995. He has been rated by his peers as one of the best practitioners in the area of government relations in the State of Minnesota. He is also rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell, both by his colleagues in the practice of law, as well as by the Judiciary.

For over thirty-five years, Cort has successfully handled significant and complex matters in both the courtroom and legislative arenas, including:

Successfully litigated In re Giblin before the Minnesota Supreme Court, resulting in the adoption of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act in Minnesota.

Conceived of and developed statutory statewide sentencing guidelines system. Now a national model.

Developed the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST).

Successfully litigated the famous Nardini v. Nardini case before the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Successfully fought the battle to establish low voltage technology as a separate industry in Minnesota and established the legal and statutory framework for its protection.

Conceived of and developed the first interstate horse race simulcast wagering system. This is now the central revenue feature of horse racing nationwide.

Created the Card Club at Canterbury Park, which preserved the horse racing industry in Minnesota.

Honorary Member of the St. Paul Police Federation.

Cort is a member of both the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations, the Minnesota Government Relations Council, and numerous committees of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.