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Christian T. Van Hise

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Heather Bohen
Direct941.366.6660, Ext. 2476

Christian T. Van Hise focuses his practice on commercial litigation, construction litigation, surety law, zoning, land use, and administrative law.  His extensive experience includes the areas of eminent domain, local government law, municipal code enforcement defense, and vacating public rights-of-way.  He has served as an advisor and counselor for numerous land development matters, including project feasibility evaluation, development strategies, and permitting analysis.

Chris is a former Assistant County Attorney for Pasco County, Florida, where he handled matters related to public works projects, capital improvements, infrastructure development, water resource and environmental issues.  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.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Chris practiced as a project management engineer with the Lee County Department of Transportation in Fort Myers, Florida, where he managed field construction and inspection for various projects including roadway and utility construction, pedestrian facilities, and County-wide pavement management and rehabilitation programming.

While at the University of Dayton, Chris was a member of the Environmental Law Moot Court Team and was a national semifinalist in the Chase Environmental Law Moot Court Competition.


  • American Jurisprudence Book Award for Civil Trial Practice, 1995
  • National Semifinalist, 1994 Chase Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Finalist, 1993 Honorable Walter Rice Interscholastic Moot Court Competition

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Junior Leadership Manatee County, Board of Directors
  • International Right-of-Way Association
  • Leadership Manatee County, Class of 2016
  • Leadership Sarasota County, Class of 2007
  • Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Council, Board Member (2002-2006)
  • Miracle League of Manasota, Volunteer Coach

Events and Presentations

02.12.2016Construction Contracts, Florida Swimming Pool Association 2016 Expo
08.26.2014The ABCs of Florida Construction Lien Law, Shumaker Construction Law Seminar
02.21.2014Construction Contracts, Florida Swimming Pool Association 2014 Expo
02.21.2014Florida Construction Lien Law, Florida Swimming Pool Association 2014 Expo
08.02.2012Lien Law & Impact of Leasehold Interests, Shumaker Construction Law Seminar
06.01.2000Public Construction Bonds in Florida
05.01.1999Annual Meeting of the International Right-of-Way Association
05.15.1998Procedures When Construction Ceases Before Project Completion, Ft Myers Construction Law Seminar & Symposium
08.01.1997Florida Construction Lien Law updates

Alternate biographies



  • J.D., University of Dayton, 1995
  • B.S.C.E., University of Rhode Island, 1990

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1996
  • Florida, 1995