Chris Jones has nurtured close client relationships at Hellmuth & Johnson since he joined the firm in November 2004. Today he is a partner and member of the Real Estate, Construction and Litigation Practices, where he focuses primarily on:
- Construction law and litigation
- Real estate law and litigation
- Commercial litigation
Chris’s clients include contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, business owners and property owners who are involved in a variety of transactional matters and disputes. He represents them in mediations, arbitrations and district court actions regarding mechanic's liens, construction defect disputes and other business and commercial disputes.
Chris works with a variety of construction industry clients on contract issues, project disputes and general legal matters, taking a problem-solving approach to determine how to resolve disputes in the quickest and most efficient fashion. He also has a role in preventing potential future disputes by drafting and reviewing construction contracts, assisting in project documentation, and establishing preliminary dispute resolution procedures.
Chris also has an active practice representing both buyers and sellers in real estate misrepresentation cases related to the sale of real property. On this issue, Chris has authored the article "An Agent's Guide – Understanding Real Estate Disclosure Laws”. Chris frequently teaches seminars on these disclosure issues to real estate agents who are frequently the first point of contact when a problem arises.
In addition, Chris has an established practice assisting homeowners whose homes suffer from water intrusion, water damage and construction deficiencies. Over the past several years, he has obtained significant monetary recoveries on behalf of clients with damaged homes. Those recoveries have helped homeowners get their homes repaired and the ongoing issues resolved. “The process can be challenging and intimidating for those who lack guidance,” explains Chris, “so I guide my clients through it as quickly, yet aggressively and effectively, as possible to maximize the possible recovery under the circumstances.”
As diverse as his cases are, Chris’s clients uniformly benefit from his focus on relationship building. “It’s all about establishing trust,” he says. “To do that, I never sugarcoat the truth and try to provide an honest assessment of a case at each stage. And I place a premium on organization and timeliness. All these things form the basis of a real partnership, and that in turn enables me to represent my clients as effectively as possible.”
Chris is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Chris obtained his J.D. from the University of North Dakota, graduating with distinction. He also completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice Studies.
- Chris was named to the 2008-2010 & 2012-2014 Minnesota Rising Stars lists. Only 2.5% of young attorneys in the state are selected each year.
- Licensed to practice law in the State and Federal courts of Minnesota and North Dakota, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
- Member of the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations.
- Author of the article “An Agent’s Guide – Understanding Real Estate Disclosure Laws”.
- Serves as a commissioner on the Planning Commission for the City of Savage and is also a past Board member and President of The Pointe Homeowners Association in Savage, Minn.
- Elected in December 2010 to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, Minnesota Chapter (NARI-MN).