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He found his path in the City with a Heart

     Chris Pottratz is an associate at the Elkhart law firm Warrick & Boyn, LLP. He advises businesses and individuals in corporate and commercial matters, including business formation, business contracts, real estate contracts, commercial litigation, and estate and succession planning. He also has experience in criminal defense and landlord/tenant disputes.
     He moved to Elkhart in November.
     “I’m from Danville, Indiana, on the west side of Indianapolis and lived there pretty much my entire life,” says Chris of his 9,000-plus population hometown. “So, it’s definitely a change to be somewhere new.”
     The oldest of four with three sisters, Chris earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University, then attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, which boasts such alumni as US Vice President Dan Quayle, Indiana State Governors Mike Pence, Mitch Daniels and Edgar Whitcomb, and US Senator Dan Coats. He graduated there and passed the bar exam in 2013. 
    After moving back to Danville Chris practiced law in his hometown. But he wasn’t quite on the right path.
     “I was doing criminal work, and that’s not really the area of law I am most interested in,” says Chris. “So, I saw the opportunity here in Elkhart. Warrick & Boyn does corporate law, which is more interesting to me.”
    The day he interviewed in Elkhart for his current position, he says he went around the city and talked to people. “It just seemed like a really great fit for me. A great community and a great opportunity to get into the kind of law I really like,” he says.
     “I like that there are many different places to go – lots of restaurants and social opportunities. And I know there’s even more that I haven’t seen,” he says. “There’s a variety of things to do. The people are friendly. That’s something you don’t always get in bigger cities. I’ve spent a lot of time in Indianapolis, and there are certainly several options for food and entertainment. But the people aren’t as friendly as they are in Elkhart.”
     Chris says he is looking forward to Elkhart’s Jazz Fest, playing pick-up games of basketball and making Elkhart home.

Chris in his office at Warrick & Boyn.

With his brother-in-law, niece, nephew and three younger sisters is new Elkhart resident and Warrick & Boyn attorney Chris Pottratz.

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