Most lawyer bios are written in the third person and are somewhat impersonal. Not only do I want to have a personal bio (that’s easy), I also strive to maintain a personal approach to my practice and the needs of my clients. By the way, you can call me Chris.
As a Florida attorney, I focus my practice on serving entrepreneurs, small businesses, and professionals in a number of areas. Whether you are a first time business owner or if your business is growing nationally or globally, I can assist you in achieving your growth goals and navigating the various issues that might arise. Furthermore, through my personal relationships with a lawyers, advisors, and accountants around the country and throughout the world, you’ll have the geographical access of a big firm.
Additionally, my practice is also focused on helping clients navigate the rapidly changing landscape of Cybersecurity Law and Data Privacy Law. By leveraging my legal skills along with my technical experience and background, I can assist clients in understanding how they can and should protect their businesses in the information age. Learn more about CERV LAW’s Areas of Focus.
How Can I “CERV” You?
Whether you are looking to start a business, you are seeking long-term business advisory services, or you are trying to understand how technology and the law impact your business; I have the necessary skills, experience, and passion to help you. Also, I am extremely passionate about giving back to the local St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay communities through pro bono legal services. Click here to learn more about my pro bono services.
If you’d like to learn more or have a conversation with me about your business or personal goals, please contact me.
My Experience & Credentials…
- Stetson University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- University of South Florida in Tampa - B.A. in Communication
- Executive Director for one of the largest international alliances of independent law and accounting firms.
- Former Owner and Creative Director of a marketing and advertising firm
- Former Marketing Director, Communications Professionals, and Graphic Designer
- Former Radio DJ and Personality
- Member, Board of Directors: TAG Charitable Foundation, Inc.
- Volunteer: Goodwill Industries Suncoast
- Past Co-chair: CONNECT Committee at "Emerge Tampa Bay" - Young professionals group for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
My Background & Journey…
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve in a number of different professional roles ranging from the Executive Director at an international company to the owner of my own small business. I’ve also been a Marketing Director, Graphic Designer, leader at a non-profit, and Radio DJ. These are just some of the many hats that I have worn.
Through these roles and experiences, I have gained valuable and practical perspectives in a number of sectors and industries on local and international levels. I believe that my diverse experience, combined with my legal skills and relentless work ethic, distinguish me from most lawyers.
Many years ago, I discovered my passion for learning and problem solving—two critical ingredients in the recipe for an effective lawyer. This pursuit of learning and my desire to solve problems led me to make a career change and pursue a legal education and training at one of Florida’s top law schools, Stetson University College of Law.
As a part-time law student at Stetson, I effectively managed a demanding course load and a full-time career as the Executive Director for a growing international company. I excelled in my legal studies, earning the highest grade in a number of my classes including: Contracts, Constitutional Law, Negotiation & Mediation, and Trial Advocacy. I focused the majority of my courses on commercial law so that I could be best positioned to work with and advise businesses and entrepreneurs. Additionally, while at Stetson I was able to channel my interest in technology and participate in courses and seminars on innovative and disruptive areas of technology such as Cyber Law and Blockchain.
Perhaps Too Much Information…
When I’m not busy with CERV LAW, PLLC or my other professional roles, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also consider myself an amateur landscaper (I’m trying to win yard of the month in my neighborhood). I am a terrible golfer, although I still love to play, but I could seriously benefit from a swing coach (any takers?). This is beginning to sound like an online dating profile, so I’m going to leave it at that for now.