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, as of September 1, 2018, donates 10% of its revenue to a fund for graduates of the Hartford YouthScholars 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 and his daughter attends Brandeis University.