Christopher M. Turoski ’98

  • Director of Patent Law Programs & Lecturer in Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Office: 438
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Christopher M. Turoski ’98 is director of Patent Law Programs and brings almost two decades of progressive, real-world experience to lead the Master of Science in Patent Law and the LL.M. in Patent Law programs. In this role, he makes certain both the programs and the students are prepared to excel in the modern business environment.

Previously, Turoski held a series of executive-level positions at Cargill Inc. As a vice president at Cargill Animal Nutrition Technologies, he led all intellectual property aspects of a multibillion-euro acquisition of the company’s primary competitor. As secretary and counsel for Format Solutions, a Cargill subsidiary, he was responsible for a worldwide multimillion-dollar intellectual property and software licensing program. He also served as managing senior counsel at Cargill, leading a global team of lawyers and professionals in adding value through the management of all legal affairs of the business.

Turoski has served on the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He began his legal career providing counseling on complex business issues at Foley & Lardner, an international law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from the Law School, where he was a member of the Minnesota Law Review. He earned his B.S. in chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His volunteer experience includes serving as secretary and general counsel for the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.





  • Assets & Finance: Intellectual Property in Mergers and Acquisitions (Thomson West, 2020)

Journal Articles

  • Pre-Conference Workshop—What Educators and Engineers Need to Know about Patents, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) (2019)
  • The Gut Microbiome: Patent Landscape, 30(6) Agro FOOD Industry Hi Tech 14 (2019) Anil K. Sharma

Other Publications

  • We Need Reliable Data On Patent Agent, Atty Gender Diversity, Law360, June 24, 2021  
  • Solutions for Promoting Patent Practitioner Diversity at the USPTO in the Battle Against Systemic Racism, IP Watchdog, Apr. 15, 2021
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association Patent Search Committee, Commissioning and Reviewing a Patent Landscape Study (2020) (contributor)

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-5000

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