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Christopher A. Staine

240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Meg Pack
Direct941.366.6660 ext. 2480

An experienced litigator, Christopher has successfully represented clients in all stages of litigation in both state and federal courts throughout Florida, in addition to private and commercial arbitration proceedings. Christopher offers his clients sound strategic advice and he devotes a significant portion of his practice to construction litigation and counseling, trust and probate litigation, and guardianship matters.

As a board certified construction lawyer, Christopher has had the pleasure of representing companies, partnerships, and individuals involved in all aspects of the construction process, specifically, including:

  • Owners
  • Developers
  • General and marine contractors
  • Suppliers
  • Surety companies
  • Construction lenders

In addition, Christopher is a frequent speaker on various legal issues and legislative initiatives impacting the construction industry, notably issues such as the Florida Construction Lien Law, green building, and construction licensing.

Christopher's practice also focuses on matters of probate and trust litigation, having represented fiduciaries, such as personal representatives, executors, trustees, guardians, attorneys-in-fact, and estate/trust beneficiaries, involving:

  • Will and trust contests
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Probate fraud
  • Beneficiary and creditor rights
  • Abuse by a Power of Attorney

Outside the courtroom, Christopher absolutely enjoys the Florida lifestyle, including fishing and spending time outdoors connected with his surroundings. He also likes to fill his time reading.


Representative Matters

  • Medallion Homes v. Tivoli Homes of Sarasota, Inc., 656 Fed.Appx 450 (U.S. 11th Cir. App. 2016)
  • Medallion Homes v. Tivoli Homes of Sarasota, Inc., 2016 WL 6750877 (M.D. Fla. 2016)
  • State v. Maniscalco, 136 So. 3d 606 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014)Noyes v. Buskirk, 979 So.2d 296 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2008)


  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Players Theatre, Board of Trustees

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Events and Presentations

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University, 2002
  • B.A., Texas Christian University, 1997

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • United States District Court Middle District of Florida, 2002
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida, 2012
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2015