Christopher H. Brown
Chris Brown was born in New York but grew up and went to school, in Naples, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, with honors, and the University of Florida College of Law. After working as an “in house” legal counsel for major corporations; Chris joined the Office of the Public Defender, in 2002, to pursue his dream of practicing as a courtroom trial attorney. He left that office, after trying over 20 cases, in 2004 and he has been in private practice ever since. Chris became a partner in the Firm of Brown, Suarez, Rios & Weinberg, P.A., in 2006.
Chris confines his practice, almost solely, to criminal defense and personal injury litigation in State and Federal courts. He has tried well over 100 jury trials, including several extremely high-profile, punishable by life, cases in: Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Monroe and Pinellas counties. Chris has represented thousands of clients in various criminal matters, from: DUI’s and other misdemeanor charges to murder, sexual battery and narcotics trafficking. In doing so he has also argued hundreds of evidentiary motions and bench trials. Furthermore, he has briefed and argued dozens of appeals before State and Federal appellate courts.
As well as being a member of the Florida Bar, Chris is a member of the Charlotte County Bar Association and a former three-term member of the Calusa Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is currently a member of the Thomas Biggs Chapter of the Inns, in Collier County. He is also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (FACDL). Chris is the past-president and one of the founding members of the Charlotte Chapter of FACDL. He was the winner of the FACDL Statewide President’s 2007 “Extra Mile Award.” As a member of FACDL’s Amicus Committee, Chris made proposals to the Florida Supreme Court that were incorporated into some jury instructions used in Florida criminal trials today. Chris also had the honor of being the former Chairman of the Florida Bar’s Group C Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit.
Chris has been published in “The Defender” magazine and he has lectured at continuing legal education seminars and the Ave Maria School of Law on topics such as: jury selection, contesting “false confessions” and general trial tactics. Chris has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an A/V rated attorney (the highest rating that service hands out). Attorney rating site Avvo.com has awarded Chris a perfect 10 out of 10.
Some Notable Representations:
- Represented a man accused of sexual battery in Lee County. During the representation the News-Press declared the accuser “Woman of the Year,” and the case was featured on a Lifetime documentary. The trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.
- With partner, Rene Suarez, won a not guilty verdict for a former mattress store manager accused of burglarizing and burning down his former store. The jury came back in the defendant’s favor despite evidence he had been in the store, removing items without permission, immediately prior to the fire starting.
- Represented an insurance agent who was criminal charged, in the first Florida case of its kind, with exploitation of the elderly regarding annuity sales, under a “suitability” theory. That case resulted in a dismissal of all charges.
- In the case of one particular defendant, was successful in getting a judgment of acquittal on all charges in drive-by shooting case; later taking that same defendant to trial on a separate case of Corruption of a Public Official, which resulted in a not guilty verdict.
- Along with partner Scott Weinberg was successful in getting a dismissal of false charges against a prominent local surgeon. The charges had been based on false allegations of sexual abuse stemming from an acrimonious divorce.
- Argued and won a motion to dismiss all charges against a father accused of kidnapping his own son and taking him out of the state.
- With partner Jimmy Rios, represented the mother of the purported leader of Sarasota’s “Second Line Gang” in a trial for conspiracy to murder a key state witness. The result was a not guilty verdict.
- With partner Scott Weinberg, took the Josh Putter case to trial in the Middle District (Federal) of Florida. Putter was a former VP of Health Management Associates, in charge of most of its hospitals in Florida. Mr. Putter was accused of Obstruction of Justice in connection to a Federal investigation of the relationships between the company and a physician’s group. A two-week trial resulted in a one hour and fifteen-minute not guilty verdict.
- The firm has represented several prominent athletes. Among the most prominent was a multiple-time Cy Young winner that Chris and partner Rene Suarez represented in a false sexual battery claim. The State declined to file any charges in that case.
- Has successfully handled multiple “stand your ground” cases including homicides. Most notable might be a 2010 not guilty verdict in the Boomhower case in which Mr. Boomhower, a gun store owner, was accused of unlawfully shooting his nephew during a dispute over property. The trial was occasioned by Second Amendment demonstrations and defense experts and scene reenactments were the key to demonstrating Mr. Boomhower’s innocence.
- Has represented numerous “targets” and key witnesses in Federal cases including drug prosecutions, Medicare Fraud, Mortgage Fraud and other similar white-collar prosecutions.
- Is proud to have represented many attorneys, teachers and police officers in SW Florida in their time of need.
- A/V Rated by Martindale Hubbell (please include link to Lawyers.com profile here and badge for A/V Rating)
- 10/10 Rating with Avvo.com (please include link to Avvo profile here with 10/10 badge supplied by Avvo)
- Member of the Biggs Chapter of the Inns of Court, 2014-present.
- Committee Member and Chair, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 2009-2011.
- Member of FACDL (and founder of Charlotte Chapter) 2007-present. Member of the Board of Directors 2007-2010.
- Member of the Charlotte County Bar 2005-present.
- Member of the Calusa Chapter of the Inns of Court 2004-2007.
- Admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida 2004-present.
- Licensed by the Florida Bar since 2002.
- “Jury Selection,” Ave Maria School of Law, Florida Criminal Procedure, Spring 2015
- “Trial Tactics,” ROCC Annual Attorney Training Seminar, 2013
- “False Confessions,” Trial With Style – Florida Public Defender Association Fall Meeting, Tampa, 2012
- Perez v. State of Florida, 120 So.3d 168 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
- Garcia v. State of Florida, 114 So.3d 424 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013)
- Rome v. State of Florida, 61 So.3d 1126 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2011)
- Rome v. Scott, 64 So.3d 686 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2011)
- Cates v. Scott, 997 So.2d 411 (table) (Fla. 2nd DCA 2008)