Chris Henjum

Chris Henjum

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chris Henjum is an attorney at Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, practicing in the area of public finance. Chris joined Kennedy & Graven in 2018.

Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received B.A. degrees in political science and journalism, with honors. He then received his JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he completed a concentration in municipal law and policy. During that time, Chris served as a student attorney for three years at the League of Minnesota Cities and after graduating, worked with local officials to help establish the FDA Center for Tobacco Products State Programs Group in Washington D.C.

After moving back to Minnesota, Chris continued assisting local communities in his work at Flaherty & Hood, P.A. There, he helped establish the first economic development organization focused exclusively on Greater Minnesota, the Greater Minnesota Partnership. For the GMNP, he drafted several economic development proposals, including the state Border-to-Border Broadband Infrastructure grant program. Also while at Flaherty & Hood, Chris worked on behalf of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, where he helped reform Local Government Aid in 2013 and counseled communities on property tax and finance concerns.

Chris lives in South Minneapolis with his wife and young daughter. He enjoys biking, checking out new restaurants, serving as a Board Member of the American Constitution Society Twin Cities Chapter, and staying active in local politics.

Chris has this to say about his practice at Kennedy & Graven:

From the first day of my legal career, I've been squarely focused on providing local officials the tools and information they need to do well by their communities and help them prosper. It's an honor to be part of a team that cares so deeply about serving Minnesota communities and excels in doing so.

Areas of Practice

  • Public Finance

Past Employment Positions

  • Flaherty & Hood, P.A., Attorney, 2013-2018
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Tobacco Products, Office of Compliance and Enforcement State Programs Group, Regulatory Counsel, 2011-2012


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: Member & Coordinator, William McGee Civil Rights Moot Court (2008-2009)
    • Honors: Certified Student Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities (2008-2011)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2004
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • J.B.A. - 2004
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    • Masters of Public Policy - 2010
    • Major: Local Government

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • American Constitution Society—Twin Cities Chapter, Board Member
  • JCI Minnesota (Minnesota Jaycees), 2016 “10 Outstanding Young Minnesotans”