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Christopher H. Brown
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  • Partner, 2006
Location:
Fort Myers, FL
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239-337-9756
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Chris Brown was born in New York but grew up and went to school, in Naples, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, with honors, and the University of Florida College of Law. After working as an “in house” legal counsel for major corporations; Chris joined the Office of the Public Defender, in 2002, to pursue his dream of practicing as a courtroom trial attorney. He left that office, after trying over 20 cases, in 2004 and he has been in private practice ever since. Chris became a partner in the Firm of Brown, Suarez, Rios & Weinberg, P.A., in 2006.

Chris confines his practice, almost solely, to criminal defense and personal injury litigation in State and Federal courts. He has tried well over 150 jury trials, including several extremely high-profile, punishable by life, cases in: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Monroe and Pinellas counties. Chris has represented thousands of clients in various criminal matters, from: DUI’s and other misdemeanor charges to murder, sexual battery and narcotics trafficking. In doing so he has also argued hundreds of evidentiary motions and bench trials. Furthermore, he has briefed and argued dozens of appeals before State and Federal appellate courts.

As well as being a member of the Florida Bar, Chris is a member of the Charlotte County Bar Association and a former three-term member of the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is currently a member of the Thomas Biggs Chapter of the Inns, in Collier County. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (FACDL). Chris is the past-president and one of the founding members of the Charlotte Chapter of FACDL. He was the winner of the FACDL Statewide President’s 2007 “Extra Mile Award.” As a member of FACDL’s Amicus Committee, Chris made proposals to the Florida Supreme Court that were incorporated into some jury instructions used in Florida criminal trials today. Chris also had the honor of being the former Chairman of the Florida Bar’s Group C Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit.

Chris has been published in “The Defender” magazine and he has lectured at continuing legal education seminars and the Ave Maria School of Law on topics such as: jury selection, contesting “false confessions” and general trial tactics. Chris has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an A/V rated attorney (the highest rating that service hands out). Attorney rating site Avvo.com has awarded Chris a perfect 10 out of 10. He has also been listed in Florida Super Layer Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” for the last two years running.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Trial Law, Florida Bar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2004

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Florida

Published Works

  • Admissibility and Use at Trial of False-Confession Expert Testimony Florida Defender Magazine, 2012
  • “Jury Selection,” Ave Maria School of Law, Florida Criminal Procedure, Spring 2015
  • “Trial Tactics,” ROCC Annual Attorney Training Seminar, 2013
  • “False Confessions,” Trial With Style – Florida Public Defender Association Fall Meeting, Tampa, 2012

Representative Cases

  • Perez v. State of Florida, 120 So.3d 168 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
  • Garcia v. State of Florida, 114 So.3d 424 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
  • Rome v. State of Florida, 61 So.3d 1126 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2011)
  • Rome v. Scott, 64 So.3d 686 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2011)
  • Cates v. Scott, 997 So.2d 411 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2008)

Honors and Awards

  • A/V Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • 10/10 Rating with Avvo.com
  • Winner of the FACDL Statewide President’s 2007 “Extra Mile Award”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Biggs Chapter of the Inns of Court, Member, 2014 to Present
  • Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, Committee Member and Chair, 2009 to 2011
  • FACDL, Member, 2007 to Present
  • FACDL, Member of the Board of Directors, 2007 to 2010
  • Charlotte County Bar, Member, 2005 to Present
  • Calusa Chapter of the Inns of Court, Member, 2004 to 2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Florida Bar’s Group C Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit, Chairman