Chris graduated with honors from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. He practiced criminal defense in Iowa for one year prior to opening his own criminal defense practice in Milwaukee in 1997, and in 2010 Chris and Mark formed Hartley & Pecora.Chris received his military commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1993 and has been serving as an Officer of the United States military since that time. He is currently a Major with the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he is serving as the Senior Defense Counsel for the 505th Trial Defense Detachment. Chris deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.Chris has tried over 50 jury trials and has secured acquittals on such charges as First Degree Attempted Homicide, First Degree Reckless Injury, Substantial Battery, Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Delivery of Controlled Substances. Chris has also been successful in obtaining dismissals in dozens of cases as a result of successful suppression motions and motions to dismiss for lack of evidence.