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Christopher P. Parrington

Of Counsel

In his commercial litigation practice, Christopher has represented business and business owners in a variety of cases including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, non-compete and non-solicitation agreement disputes, confidentiality and trade mark disputes, and general business disputes. Christopher has tried and arbitrated more than 20 cases across the country to verdict or final award. He has also argued commercial litigation cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, North Dakota Supreme Court and Eight Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States. Christopher has argued appellate cases that have resulted in landmark decisions in areas including contract interpretation, fraud, share valuation, loan modifications and non-compete agreements. 

In his securities practices, Christopher has represented broker / dealers, investment advisory firms, fund managers and investment advisors in a variety of matters including FINRA arbitrations, state securities fraud claims, regulatory investigations and regulatory enforcement actions. He has arbitrated numerous cases before FINRA including customer and industry disputes initiated by or against his clients. Christopher’s securities practice has resulted in him handling cases throughout the country and has caused him to enjoy an outstanding reputation as a leader in defending against securities fraud allegations. 

In addition to his litigation practice, Christopher is actively involved in representing businesses and business owners servicing the state-legal cannabis industry. In this capacity, he regularly advises companies providing financial services to members of the state-legal cannabis industry, advises clients involved in the manufacturing of products for the consumption of medical cannabis products, advises companies providing real estate- and manufacturing-based services to members of the state-legal cannabis industry, and advises individuals investing in businesses in the state-legal cannabis industry. He is frequently quoted by Marijuana Business Daily and has been quoted by the Los Angeles Daily News with respect to varying issues pertaining to the cannabis industry. He has also been a frequent contributor to Minnesota Attorney at Law Magazine on topics related to Minnesota's medical cannabis industry.

 
Speaking Engagements
  • "A Navigational Guide to Investigating Financial Crimes in State-Legal Cannabis Market," International Association of Financial Crimes Investigator’s Midwest Annual Conference, October 2016
  • "How to Prevent Your Dispute from Turning from an Ant Hill into a Mountain,"  Independent Broker Dealer Conference, September 2016
  • "Broker-Dealer Due Diligence Investigation," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2015
  • "Can Broker / Dealers do Business with Investors in the Marijuana Industry?," Catlin US Independent Broker / Dealer Conference, 2014
  • "Broker – Dealer: Regulation of Electronic and Social Media Communications," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2014
  • "General Investments: Supervision vs. Compliance Oversight," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2014
  • "Broker – Dealer: E&O and D&O Insurance Issues Every Compliance Professional Should Know," National Society of Compliance Professionals Webinar, 2013
  • "Do You Have a Rogue Broker in Your Midst?," National Regulatory Service, 2013
  • "Anti-Money Laundering, National Society of Compliance Professionals," National Conference, 2013
  • "Broker – Dealer: Communications with the Public," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2013
  • "Broker – Dealer: Branch Audits Including Risk Assessment," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2012
  • "Broker – Dealer: Ethics, Compliance and Risk in Today’s World," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2012
  • National Business Institute CLE, 2011, 2012
  • "Broker – Dealer: How to Conduct a Branch Exam," National Society of Compliance Professionals, 2011
  • Law Review CLE, 2011 (instructor)
Publications
  • "How Secure is the Security Industry?," Currents, The National Society of Compliance Professionals, July 2016 
  • "Securities and Marijuana: A Broker/Dealer’s Guide to Navigating through the Rules and Regulations Related to the Cannabis Industry," Currents, The National Society of Compliance Professionals, May 2016
  • "Broker-Dealers and registered Reps Must Heed FINRA Disclosure Requirements," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, June 2015
  • "Native American Tribes & the Evolution of Cannabis Laws," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, May 2015
  • "Smooth Sailing: Minnesota Sticking to MMJ Timeline, Dispensaries on Track to Open in Summer," Marijuana Business Daily, March 2015
  • "The Customer is Always Right in FINRA Employment Disputes," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, January 2015
  • "Crowdfunding: The New Way to Finance Your Startup," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, November 2014 
  • "The Real Dope: Banking in the Age of Medical and Recreational Marijuana," Minnesota Bankers Association News, September 2014
  • "Is It Illegal To Do Business With Businesses In the Legal Drug Industry?," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, July 2014
  • "Are You Sure You Have An "Expert" Witness?," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, March 2013
  • "How Well Do Your Know 'Your Customer'? The Impact of FINRA Rules 2090 and 2111 on the Financial Services Industry," Attorney at Law Magazine, Twin Cities, Minnesota, January 2013
  • "Cracking the Whip: FINRA Enforcement Action and Rule Changes Involving Private Placement in Outside Business Activities," DRI Today, 2012
  • "Fraudulent Practices of Real Estate Agents in Selling Bank-Owned Properties," Minnesota Bankers Association News, July 2011
  • "Top 5 reasons to continue networking during a down economy," Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, October 2009
     

Representative Matters
  • JAB, Inc. v. Naegle, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A14-1743 (non-compete dispute) 
  • Schmit Towing, Inc. v. Chris Frovik, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A10-362 (non-compete agreement dispute) 
  • QBE Insurance Corp. v. Twin Homes of French Ridge Homeowners Association, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A09-929 (insurance coverage dispute)
  • Hendel Construction, LLC v. Security State Bank of Howard Lake, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-1248 (contract dispute)
  • Equity Trust Company Custodian FBO Eisenmenger IRA, et al. v. Joseph A. Cole, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-1681 (securities fraud allegations)
  • Andrew Bloomquist v. Wisdom Development Group, Inc., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A08-0367 (securities fraud allegations) 
  • Esera Tuaolo v. Want Some Weather, Inc., et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File Nos. A07-2139, A08-0014 & A08-0044 (fraud allegations)
  • Tenant Construction, Inc. v. Scott H. Mason, Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A07-0413 (non-compete agreement dispute)
  • Salon 2000, Inc. v. Chandra Lynn Dauwalter, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A06-1227 (non-compete agreement dispute)
  • Ran Mart Stucco, Texture & Drywall, Inc. v. Danna Homes, Inc., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A05-2256. (contract dispute)
  • Richard T. Ketterling v. Carolyn Hamilton, et al., Minnesota Court of Appeals, File No. A05-2119 (real estate dispute)
  • Edwin L. Sisam, et al. v. Workman Securities Corporation, FINRA Case No. 12-00259 (securities fraud allegation)
  • Katherine Williams v. Daniel Rickett, FINRA Case No. 12-02075 (contract dispute)

  • Super Lawyers® 2019
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars® 2007, 2009-2011, 2013-2014, 2016-2018 
  • Who's Who in Business Litigation, Minnesota Law & Politics and Twin Cities Business magazines, 2011