Chris has substantial technical experience in computer and information technology, environmental science, climate dynamics, modeling, mathematics, and statistics. His Ph.D. research at Florida State University involved computational fluid dynamics modeling of ocean physics. He served as a postdoctoral fellow and scientist in the Climate Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. As a tenured faculty member for a number of years in the Department of Geological Sciences and Marine Science Program at the University of South Carolina, Chris studied the physics of the ocean and atmosphere using supercomputer simulations. He graduated as a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, and is a licensed patent attorney. At Beck & Tysver, Chris has represented clients in intellectual property and transactional matters relating to computer systems (e.g., networking and storage), software, consumer electronics, modeling (design, manufacturing, and financial) as well as a variety of other areas. Chris has served on the Council of the MSBA Computer & Technology Law Section since 2006, as an officer from 2008-2012. He occasionally teaches Computer & Internet Law as an adjunct at the Hamline School of Law. In addition to his intellectual property practice, Chris is available to act as a mediator, particularly for disputes involving scientific and technical issues (e.g., green energy, environmental, computer and information technology, and intellectual property).
Degrees: B.S., Drexel University, 1971 (Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude); M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1976 ; J.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1978 (with Honors); Ph.D. Florida State University, 1984 (Oceanography)
Admissions: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (2005), Minnesota (2005), Arizona (1979), U.S. District of Arizona (1979), U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (1979), Florida (1980), South Carolina (1994)
Memberships: Minnesota State Bar Association; Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association; MSBA Computer Law Section (Section Council, Officer, and frequent presenter); MSBA Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Section; American Bar Association; American Geophysical Union.