Christopher L. DeCort | Partner

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Florida State University College of Law

J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
University of Florida
B.A., Political Science

The Florida Bar
U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Tampa Connection Board of Directors (2016-present); Chair, Alumni Committee Executive Board (2015-16); Alumni Committee (2014-16); Class of 2014
Tampa Metropolitan YMCA 
Board of Directors, Bob Sierra Branch (2012-17)
The Florida Bar Business Law Section (2011-present); Chapter 607 Drafting Subcommittee (2017-present)
Hillsborough County Bar Association 
Young Lawyers Division (2011-present); Member Services Committee (2011-12)
Federal Bar Association 

Shutts & Bowen

Chris is a partner at Johnson, Cassidy, Newlon & DeCort, P.A. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business and complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes. Chris has practiced extensively in both state and federal courts, representing clients in employment disputes often involving non-compete and other restrictive covenant obligations, business tort cases, professional negligence/liability litigation, officer and director and corporate litigation, breach of contract actions, first-party insurance cases, and others.

Chris earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law where he graduated magna cum laude, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, earned three book awards, and was a member of the Business Review and the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy. Prior to attending law school, Chris worked for six years as a commercial trade specialist for an international container shipping line in Tampa.

Chris currently sits on the board of the non-profit organization Tampa Connection and he is actively involved with Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. The son of a retired Army colonel, Chris has called the Tampa Bay area home since 1992 and currently lives in Carrollwood with his wife and three children.