Christopher L. Vatsaas


Chris Vatsaas is a partner with Chestnut Cambronne and focuses his practice in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, paternity, asset and debt division, spousal maintenance, child support, domestic abuse (including Orders for Protection), and Harassment Restraining Orders. His diverse experience spans a broad array of family law issues ranging from child custody cases involving child endangerment to dissolution matters involving high net worth individuals and sophisticated non-marital tracing. He also serves in a neutral capacity as a family law mediator, parenting consultant (PC), parenting time expeditor (PTE), Social Early Neutral Evaluator (SENE), and Financial Early Neutral Evaluator (FENE). Beyond family law, Chris also has experience in assisting individuals in the preparing their estate plans.

Chris is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches within the school’s Mentor Externship Program. He has also presented on topics such as Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, Ex Parte Emergency Custody Orders, and estate planning.

Chris is engaged in both the local legal community and the greater Twin Cities community. He frequently serves as a pro bono volunteer with the Volunteer Lawyers Network and serves as a board member of the Family Law League, a local non-profit organization focused on professional development and networking among family law professionals. His other memberships include the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Washington County Bar Association. Additionally, Chris previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for Cradle of Hope, a local non-profit organization providing financial and material assistance to pregnant mothers and mothers of newborns experiencing pregnancy-related financial crisis.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. He is also an active member of his local parish, a self-described basketball fanatic, and a lifelong Minnesota Gopher fan.