In 2017, I opened Kalon, a law firm devoted to social good, built on a lean, efficient business model. Although I litigate at the trial and appellate levels, most of my practice is serving as a mediator or arbitrator, helping people resolve their conflicts, helping them create value by exploring interests and expanding options. Before Kalon, I was a servant to traditional business models. Now I’m seeking a more fulfilling life, in line with my values, with giving back and paying it forward as guiding principles. I attended the Advanced Mediation Workshop at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and completed the LEAD executive education program in corporate innovation at the Stanford GSB.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou.
Attorney Christopher P. Kriesen is the founder and principal of the Kalon Law Firm, LLC. He formed the firm in 2017 to fulfill his vision of a better way to practice law, serve clients, and promote social good through entrepreneurship. He leads the firm and serves as the ethics officer.
He is a strategic, innovative thinker; a seeker of efficient, favorable resolutions; and a persistent advocate for his clients.
Attorney Kriesen has tried cases in State and Federal Court, has argued appeals before Connecticut’s Appellate and Supreme Courts, and has helped prepare amicus briefs on cases raising issues of first impression before the Supreme Court.
He is a trained mediator (Harvard Law School, Advanced Mediation Workshop, Program on Negotiation and the Quinnipiac School of Law Center on Dispute Resolution). He serves as an Attorney Trial Referee, Fact Finder, and Arbitrator in the Hartford Superior Court And a Special Master at the District Court, Connecticut..
Attorney Kriesen completed the Harvard Business School | HBX course “Disruptive Strategy” with Clayton Christensen, using the HBS case method to learn how to apply disruption theory to find and execute business and social opportunities. He expanded upon his studies by completing a one-year, eight class program on innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Kalon’s model is based upon what he learned in these programs.
He completed a six class program in Strategic Decision Making and Risk Management offered by Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development.
He has attended The Yale Writers Workshop, is an adherent of the Story Model of advocacy, and is writing a book on the theory, “Legal Storytelling.“ He has been invited several times to be a storyteller at Speak Up events, including a performance to an audience of 500 people at Infinity Hall.
He has taught advocacy to students at the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is an active presenter at legal seminars for other lawyers and a mentor to law students and young lawyers.
He established the Kalon Fellowship, the Kalon Human Rights Clinic, Salons, Workshops, the Cicero Advocacy Project, and The Kalon ADR Center (which donates 5% of its revenue to a fund for graduates of the Hartford Youth Scholars to help with their continuing education) making Kalon unique among peer firms in promoting social good.
Attorney Kriesen is active in his community. He volunteers at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford (where he has taught basic literacy and English as a second language) and Hartford Youth Scholars (where he has advised on interviewing and career advancement).
Prior to Kalon, he was a partner at a law firm in Hartford, where he was the manager of the insurance defense practice. He has practiced law for over twenty years.
He lives in West Hartford with his wife. His daughter is a graduate of Brandeis University.
Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation (Executive Education)
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Seminar (2020)
A twenty-three hour seminar for negotiators focusing on negotiation to create optimal resolutions to disputes.
Advanced Mediation Workshop (2018)
The Advanced Mediation Workshop of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School is a five-day, forty-hour training for mediators taught by a team of thought leaders and practitioners. The workshop focuses on creating fair, sustainable agreements by identifying party interests, proposing options, and creating value.
Stanford University Graduate School of Business (Executive Education)
LEAD Certificate: Corporate Innovation (Learn Engage Accelerate Disrupt) (2017). A one-year, eight class program in innovation. Intellectual Contribution Award in Critical Analytical Thinking Class.
Center for Professional Development: Strategic Decision and Risk Management Certificate (2016)
M.A., with Distinction (Writing, Rhetoric, and Media Arts) (2013); Thesis: Wrestling with the Sophists, An Encomium of Lawyers
University of Connecticut School of Law
B.Sc. cum laude (1988)
Admitted to Practice
United States District Court, D. Connecticut (2008)
Second Circuit (2020)
THE KALON LAW FIRM. LLC
Best Lawyers, 2020-2021.
Super Lawyers, 2019-2021.
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized by The Connecticut Law Tribune as a Distinguished Leader in the Law, Professional Excellence Awards. May, 2021.
“Cut the Valuation Knot,” CBA, June 16, 2021
“Top 50 Mistakes Attorneys Make,” NBI, June 10, 2021.
“Trial Skills Seminar: Opening Statement,” CBA, May 26, 2021.
“The Mediation Process, an Advocate’s Model for Mediating, Bar Assoc. of Lehigh County, May 14, 2021
“Negotiation for Young Lawyers,” CBA, 4-19-21
“Be a Trusted Advisor,” CBA, March 24, 2021
“Trial Skills Seminar: Summation,” CBA, March 18, 2021
“Negotiation, The Value Creation Approach,” CBA, February 17, 2021.
“Mediation: Start to Finish,” NBI, December 7, 2020.
“Mindfulness Virtual Retreat,” CBA. August 21, 2020.
“Generational Differences in the Practice of Law,” Panelist, CBA. August 19, 2020.
“How to Master Virtual Alternative Dispute Resolutions,” Clear Law. August 11, 2020.
“How to Lay a Foundation to Get Your Evidence Introduced.” NBI. May 20, 2020.
”Legal Storytelling,” Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. May 14, 2020.
”Operating a Law Firm During a Pandemic,” Connecticut Bar Association. April 23, 2020.
”Legal Storytelling” at the Connecticut Bar Association. January 21, 2020.
“Professionalism Boot Camp” at the Connecticut Bar Association about building a law firm. December 6, 2019.
“Civil Trial, From Start to Finish,” NBI, September 27, 2019.
“Personal Injury 101,” National Business Institute, East Hartford, CT. August 22, 2019.
“Beyond Standard Discovery: Drafting, Objecting, and Responding.” Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. April 9, 2019.
“How to Deal with Difficult Attorneys.” The National Business Institute. March 29, 2019.
“Change Lives with a Story.” Stanford GSB Me2We 2019. March 12, 2019.
“Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: The Ultimate Guide.” The National Business Institute. December 13-14, 2018.
”Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know.” The National Business Institute. December 7, 2018.
“Damages in Personal Injury,” The National Business Institute. December 5, 2018.
“Essentials of Depositions,” Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section. December 4, 2018.
“Professionalism Boot Camp, Creating the Small, 21st Century Law Office.” November 30, 2018.
“Hearsay, E-mail, Business Records, and Social Media – In The Trenches.” National Business Institute. November 16, 2018.
“Storytelling for Lawyers.” Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section. October 26, 2018.
“Is Mediation Your Best Option to Create Value for Your Client?” Co-Host. Connecticut Bar Foundation. September 13, 2018.
“MasterClass: The Art of Legal Storytelling.” Hispanic National Bar Association, National Convention, Philadelphia, September 7, 2018.
“Preparing Your Case for Mediation.” Northampton County Bar Association, Easton, PA. September 6, 2018.
“The Rules of Evidence, A Practical Toolkit.” National Business Institute. August 24, 2018.
“Top 30 Trial Mistakes Made by Attorneys.” National Business Institute. June 29, 2018.
“Legal Storytelling.” The Northeast Regional Conference for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. June 9, 2018
“Civil Litigation From Start to Finish.” National Business Institute. December, 2017.
“Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the Rambo Litigator.” National Business Institute. December, 2017.
He has winter-summited several times “The Most Dangerous Small Mountain in the World,” Mt. Washington. In August, 2018, he summited Mt. Rainier with well-known Himalayan guides as part of a fundraiser for The Juniper Fund. In August, 2019, he summitted Mt. Baker.
Is a sculler associated with Riverfront Recapture in Hartford, CT.
Lived in Europe, working as a barman in a pub in London for six months and lived in the famous Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris for six weeks.
Georges, et al v. OB-GYN Services, P.C., et al SC 20170 (2020) Amicus Brief
Cyr v. VKB, LLC, et al., AC 41818 (2019)
Snell v. Norwich Yellow Cab, SC 199929 (2019) Amicus Brief
Ashmore v. Hartford Hospital, SC 20052 (2019) Amicus Brief
Essex Ins. Co. v. William Kramer & Associates, LLC, SC 20130 (2019)
Marciano v. Jimenez, 324 Conn. 70 (2016)
Diamond 67, LLC v. Oatis, 167 Conn.App. 659 (2016)
Horrigan v. Town of Washington, 144 Conn.App. 536, cert. denied, 310 Conn. 939 (2013)
Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Lone Star Industries, Inc., 290 Conn. 767 (2009)
Giglio v. American Economy Ins. Co. 278 Conn. 794 (2006)
Mroczek v. Kret, 81 Conn.App. 128, 838 A.2d 1012 (2004)
Mediators Beyond Borders International
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
Connecticut Bar Association (Litigation, Appellate, ADR Sections)
Hartford County Bar Association
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Honors & Recognitions