Even though Christopher Motz had always leaned toward a career as an attorney, it was during his time in the Marines and service in Iraq that he realized just how important the rule of law is.
Motz, the newest attorney at Lindberg & McKinnis in Cambridge, is excited about his opportunity.
“We are a full-service, general practice law firm, so I will be doing a little bit of everything,” Motz said. “I’m particularly interested in civil litigation, employment law, estate planning and probate.”
Following his graduation from Iowa State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Motz graduated from St. Thomas in May 2013 with a juris doctrate. He became licensed to practice law in October 2013.
“I had always had it in the back of my head that I wanted to be an attorney,” Motz said. “During my time as a Marine, serving overseas, I had sort of an epiphany in Iraq. I saw in a new way how important the rule of law is.”
Motz served in active duty in the Marines for five years and has been in the Reserves for three years. He has always had a heart for serving people.
“I’ve always had an outward-focus and enjoy helping people,” Motz said. “In this role, you really have to be a good listener and get at what is at the heart of the matter and the root of the problem. Clients who come in to see us want us to be an advocate for them. I find it deeply fulfilling to be present with and advocate for people during difficult and stressful times in their lives.”
Motz had a number of experiences that prepared him for his role with Lindberg & McKinnis.
As a law student, he argued in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also spent one semester working for a U.S. attorney and served as an intern for a federal judge. He also served as a research intern for the Advocates For Human Rights. He served as editor-in-chief of various law journals and publications at St. Thomas and has also been published in other legal publications.
Motz considers himself a lifelong learner and recently earned certification to practice in federal court.
He and his wife enjoy being a part of the Cambridge community. They have one child and are expecting another later this year.
“To come to a place like Cambridge has been really satisfying,” Motz said. “We want to be a part of the community, and we have really immersed ourselves into the community. It’s fun being a part of a firm that has continually been dedicated to the community. Cambridge is an interesting and vibrant place and has a great mix of things to do. The community has embraced us with open arms, and we really appreciate that.”
Lindberg & McKinnis is located at 200 Third Ave. NE, Suite 300, Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-689-9596.