Christopher T. Dawson Attorney At Law

Christopher T. Dawson - Attorney at Law

Shareholder/Government Consultant


T 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690
Orlando 301 East Pine Street Suite 1400 Orlando, Florida 32801

T 850-577-9090
F 850-577-3311
Tallahassee 301 South Bronough Street Suite 600 Tallahassee, Florida 32301

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. 

  • 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 benefiting 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
    • Florida House on Capitol Hill
      • Young Ambassadors Council
    • Florida Chamber Political Institute
    • Associated Industries of Florida
      • Association Advisory Group
      • Environmental Sustainability & Agriculture Council
      • Workers’ Comp Coalition
    • 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
  • Presentations & Seminars
    • Presenter, "Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up," Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida Legislative Planning Conference, July 23, 2021
    • Guest Speaker, “SB76 Changes,” The Central Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association June Member Meeting, June 23, 2021
    • Presenter, "Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up," City of Belle Isle City Council Meeting, June 1, 2021
    • Presenter, "Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up,” Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Inc. Webinar, May 26, 2021
    • Presenter, “2021 Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up,” GrayRobinson Webinar, May 18, 2021
    • Presenter, "GrayRobinson Florida Legislative Session Wrap-Up," Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Webinar, May 18, 2021
    • Presenter, "GrayRobinson Florida Legislative Session Weekly Roundup," GrayRobinson Webinar, April 16, 2021
    • Presenter, Session Preview, Greater Orlando Young Republicans, February 16, 2021
    • Presenter, 2021 Legislative Preview, Greater Pensacola Chamber, February 11, 2021
    • Presenter, "2021 Legislative Update," ABC of Florida Legislator of the Year Program, January 14, 2021
    • Presenter, "Inside the Winners Circle: Covering Florida's Election Results," November 4, 2020
    • Moderator, "Purple State Politics: Discussing Florida's Unique Geographical and Political Diversity," October 8, 2020
    • Presenter, Legislative Update, Florida Surety Association Quarterly Meeting, September 1, 2020
    • Presenter, "Who's in and Who's Out?" Post-Election Pop-Up Forum, August 19, 2020
    • Moderator, Virtual Community Leader Forum on the current state of the construction industry, August 13, 2020
    • Emcee, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Seminole Hob Nob, July 31, 2020
    • Presenter, "2020 Florida Election Overview," Greater Pensacola Chamber, July 28, 2020
    • Presenter, “Update on Federal COVID-19 Employment and Business Programs," Seminole County Chamber and the Apopka Area Chamber, April 15, 2020
    • Presenter, 2020 Virtual Legislative Wrap Up, Greater Pensacola Chamber, April 14, 2020
    • Presenter, 2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up, Oviedo Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce webinar, April 9, 2020
    • Presenter, Greater Orlando Builders Association webinar, April 6, 2020
    • Presenter, Northwest Florida Days Business Leader’s Breakfast, February 25, 2020
    • Keynote Speaker, “2020 Legislative Session and Elections Update," Southwest Florida Roofing Contractors Association Annual Meeting, January 8, 2020
    • Moderator, Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Preview Breakfast, January 9, 2020
    • Host, UF Community Speaker Series, Orlando, FL, October 1, 2019
    • Presenter, Florida Surety Association 3rd Quarter Meeting, Tampa, FL, August 15, 2019
    • Moderator, Lake County 2019 Post Session Town Hall Meeting, Tavares, FL, August 13, 2019
    • Moderator, Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber Monthly Luncheon, Winter Springs, FL, July 11, 2019
    • Presenter, Public Risk Management of Florida 2019 Educational Conference, Naples, FL, June 19-21, 2019
    • Presenter, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce's Gopher Club Meeting, June 2, 2019
    • Panelist, "2019 Florida Legislative Review," Fort Lauderdale Session Wrap Up, May 22, 2019
    • Panelist, "2019 Florida Legislative Review," Orlando Session Wrap Up, May 15, 2019
    • Moderator, "Legislative Preview Panel," Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, January 14, 2019
    • North Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., October 2, 2018
    • "State Economic and Customer Building Trends," 2018 Florida Natural Gas Association Operations & Marketing Conference & Tradeshow, September 19, 2018
    • Panelist, "2018 Florida Legislative Review," Orlando Session Wrap Up, March 29, 2018
    • Panelist, "2017 Florida Legislative Review," Jacksonville Session Wrap Up, June 8, 2017
    • Panelist, "2016 Florida Legislative Review," Jacksonville Session Wrap Up, May 18, 2016
    • Panelist, "2016 Florida Legislative Review," Orlando Session Wrap Up, April 16, 2016
    • Panelist, "2016 Florida Legislative Review," Fort Lauderdale Session Wrap Up, April 14, 2016
    • Panelist, "2016 Florida Legislative Review," Tampa Session Wrap Up, April 11, 2016
  • Articles & Publications
  • Media Mentions
  • Civic
    • Greater Orlando Builders Association, Political Action Committee, Member
    • Florida Farm Bureau
    • Central Florida Political Leadership Institute, Class of 2021
    • 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
    • Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2018-2021
    • Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
    • Connect Florida Leadership Institute, Class VI
    • Central Florida Dance Marathon, Founder
      • Co-Overall Chair, 2018
      • Chair, 2015 - 2017
    • Children's Movement of Florida, Board of Advisors
    • Leadership Seminole, Class 29
    • Leadership Orlando, Class 93
    • Leadership Florida
      • Special Council on Equity, Equality and Justice
      • East Regional Council
      • Team London Task Force
      • Selection Committee, 2020-2021
      • Annual Meeting Committee, 2019
    • College Leadership Florida, Class XIV
    • Orange County Young Republicans
    • Pensacola Young Professionals
    • Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida
    • Florida Citrus Sports
    • Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports)
      • 2019 NFL Pro Bowl Local Organizing Committee 
      • 2019 Monster Jam World Finals XX Local Organizing Committee 
      • 2019 MLS All-Star Game Local Organizing Committee 

  • Awards & Recognitions