A multifaceted civil litigator whose practice is focused on commercial litigation, construction litigation, zoning, land use, and local government law, Chris has wide-ranging experience in the areas of eminent domain, zoning appeals, municipal code enforcement defense, pollutant discharge litigation, Florida Sunshine Law, and the vacating public rights-of-way. He has also served as an advisor and counselor for numerous land development matters, including project feasibility analysis, development strategies and permitting.
Prior to obtaining his law degree, Chris was a project management engineer with the Lee County Department of Transportation in Fort Myers, Florida, managing field construction and inspection for various projects including roadways, underground utilities, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, drainage improvements, and pavement management and resurfacing operations. His technical understanding of how projects are constructed, combined with extensive hands-on field construction experience enable him to deliver customized legal solutions in all aspects of construction, including contract preparation, prosecution and defense of construction claims, and risk assessment from contract negotiations through project administration and claims management.
Chris is a former Assistant County Attorney for Pasco County, Florida, where he handled matters related to public works projects, infrastructure development, procurement and bidding, construction programming, claims management, water resource and environmental permitting. He also represented Pasco County on the Legal Advisory Committee of Tampa Bay Water, the regional water utility provider for more than three million customers.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island (URI), Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. While at URI, he was distinguished by the American Society of Civil Engineers, placing first for his balsa-wood bridge design at the New England regional ASCE student design competition. Chris earned his law degree from the University of Dayton where he was a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court Team and a national semifinalist in the Chase Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.