Christopher L. DeCort


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 involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, officer and director and corporate litigation, breach of contract cases, first-party insurance disputes, and others. Chris has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers for each year since 2019. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, and inclusion is limited to no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys in each state.

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.

Chris currently sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Tampa Connection, which he chaired in 2020. He is also actively involved with Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, currently serving as Second Vice Chair for the Business Litigation Committee and Legislative Subcommittee Chair for the Business Courts Task Force. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Bob Sierra YMCA in North Tampa. The son of a retired Army colonel, Chris has called the Tampa Bay area home since 1992. He is married with three children and is a diehard Gator and Tampa sports fan.


  • 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 Immediate Past Chair (2020-Present); Chair (2019-2020); Board of Directors (2016-present); Alumni Committee, Chair (2015-2016); Alumni Committee, Member (2014-2016); Graduate, Class of 2014
  • Business Law Section of The Florida Bar Business Litigation Committee, Second Vice Chair (2021-present); Business Courts Task Force, Legislative Subcommittee Chair (2018-present); Member (2011-present); Chapter 607 Drafting Subcommittee (2017-2019)
  • Tampa Metropolitan YMCA Board of Directors, Bob Sierra Branch (2012-2017)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (2011-present); Member Services Committee (2011-2012)
  • Federal Bar Association Member (2012-present)


  • Shutts & Bowen (2010-2014)