Christopher T. Dawson - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

301 South Bronough Street
Suite 600
Post Office Box 11189 (32302-3189)
Tallahassee, Florida 32301

P 850-577-9090
F 850-577-3311

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Biography

Chris is an attorney and professional lobbyist in the firm’s Orlando office licensed to practice law in both Florida and Alabama. He primarily focuses on lobbying and government relations for public and private sector clients at the executive and legislative levels of state government, as well as before political subdivisions of the state, including counties, cities, airport authorities, transportation authorities, port authorities, school districts, and water management districts. He is credentialed as a Designated Professional Lobbyist by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.

Chris also holds two degrees in civil engineering and has experience in construction litigation and design professional malpractice defense. 

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Background

Chris is a sixth-generation Floridian. He was born in Pensacola, Florida, and raised in nearby Santa Rosa County. Chris graduated from Pace High School, where he served as student body president. Five years later, he received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. While at UF, Chris was active in student government, Florida Blue Key, Dance Marathon benefitting Shands Children’s Hospital at UF and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, he passed the fundamentals of engineering exam and received the designation of Engineer in Training (EIT) from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers.

In 2013, Chris graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. He pursued a joint degree at UA, also obtaining his master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus on construction methods and management. While at Alabama, Chris was active in the Student Bar Association, Competition Trial Advocacy, Law School Ambassadors and Alabama’s Journal of the Legal Profession. In spring 2012, he served as a legal intern in the D.C. office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Additionally, he was a summer associate in the Legal Services Bureau of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Chris also worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Alabama College of Engineering and served as adviser to the University of Alabama Dance Marathon benefitting Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Though a Gator at heart, he has occasionally been known to utter “Roll Tide!”  

Education
  • University of Florida, B.S., civil engineering (2010)
    • Honors Program Graduate
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Student Government, Cabinet Secretary
    • UF Dance Marathon, Overall for Community Events
    • Tau Kappa Epsilon, International Board of Directors & UF Chapter President
  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D./M.S. Eng., civil engineering (magna cum laude, 2013)
    • Journal of the Legal Profession, Executive Editor
    • Student Bar Association, Senator
    • Law Republicans, President
    • Law School Ambassador
    • Competition Trial Advocacy Team
    • Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society
    • UA Dance Marathon, Adviser
    • UA College of Engineering, Graduate Assistant
    • Alabama Department of Transportation, Summer Associate
    • Office of Congressman Diaz-Balart, Law Intern
    • Book Awards: Civil Procedure, Environmental Law Seminar, Family Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee
  • Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, Designated Professional Lobbyist
  • University of Alabama Farrah Law Alumni Society
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers, Licensed Engineer in Training (EIT)
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Executive Council, Non-Resident Lawyers Section
Civic
  • Central Florida Partnership
    • Young Professionals Advisory Council, 2016-2017
  • Connect Florida, East Central Regional Committee, 2016
  • James Madison Institute
    • Central Florida Board of Advisors
    • Leaders Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
  • Connect Florida Leadership Institute, Class VI
  • Central Florida Dance Marathon, Founder
    • Chair, 2015 - 2017
  • Children's Movement of Florida, Board of Advisors
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 93
  • Leadership Florida 
    • East Regional Council
    • Team London Task Force
  • College Leadership Florida, Class XIV
  • Orange County Young Republicans
  • Pensacola Young Professionals
  • Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida
  • Florida Citrus Sports
Articles & Publications
  • "Truth or Treason: Engineers As Expert Witnesses," 37 J. Legal Prof. 265 (2013) 
Awards & Recognitions
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Ingenuity in Action.TM

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