Christopher J. Pierson


Phone:  952-404-2100

E-mail: ChrisP@ssmnlaw.com

 

Chris has 30 years’ experience providing legal representation and counseling to individuals and their businesses, often in connection with transactions.  His business clients range from start-up entities to mid-sized corporations, providing him substantial experience with: entity selection and formation; shareholder, member and partner relations; restructurings; sales and purchases of assets and businesses; exit strategies; and dissolution and winding up.   He also handles many real estate transactions, both residential and commercial, and has been involved in numerous real estate development projects. 

Largely due to the demand of his business clients, Chris has developed expertise in estate planning, administration and probate. Often the challenge is to make sure the client’s business plan aligns with the client’s estate plan. 

Chris is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Minnesota Law School.  As a product (Wayzata High School class of 1980) of the same Wayzata community in which the firm is located, Chris has been very active in all kinds of community events and served numerous community organizations including the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce, Wayzata Rotary, Wayzata Community Church and Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners.

Chris is married to wife Becky and has two adult children, Maggie and Christopher.  When not practicing law or attending community meetings, he loves to be outdoors, sail, ski, read, coach kids, and spectate at any event in which Maggie or Christopher participates.

Education:

  • Middlebury College (B.A., cum laude, 1984)

  • University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1988)

Professional Associations:

  • Hennepin County Bar Association

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Community Activities:

  • Wayzata Chamber of Commerce, Former Director/President

  • Wayzata Rotary, Director, Former President

  • Wayzata Booster Foundation/Wayzata Athletic Boosters, Former Director/President

  • Wayzata Community Church, Former Council Member and Moderator

  • Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, Member

  • Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, Former Director

  • Outreach Development Corporation, Director/Secretary

  • Boulevard Apartments, LLC, Director/Secretary

  • Wayzata Village Homes, LLC, Director/Secretary

  • Wayzata Community Clinic, Former Advisory Board Member

  • Wayzata Schools 2001 Vote Yes Committee

  • Wayzata Schools Secondary Schools Facilities Task Force