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Christopher E. Varner

Partner

Christopher E. Varner, a partner in our Pensacola office, is a member of the general liability and workers’ compensation practices. An accomplished trial attorney who joined the firm in 2011, he has represented clients in more than 1,000 cases in a wide range of litigation matters including workers' compensation, longshore and harbor workers’ compensation, first party property and pre-suit fraud investigation coverage, general civil liability, tort liability, construction law, criminal defense, labor/employment law, landlord/tenant, civil rights, and contracts.

Chris has appeared before courts in Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Bay, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. In addition to trying federal cases in the Northern District as well as state court cases in Florida, he has appeared before administrative agencies throughout the state including Judge of Compensation Claims, Federal Administrative Law Judges, Public Employee Relations Commission, DMV Bureau of Driver Improvement, and Florida Commission on Human Relations. 

Practice Areas:

Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida State Courts, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2008

Education:

  • Nova Southeastern University, Juris Doctorate, 1998
  • University of Arkansas, Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy, 1995      

Professional Affiliations:

  • Florida Bar
  • Escambia/Santa Rosa County Bar
  • Gulf Coast Association of Insurance Professionals

Community Involvement:

  • Board Member for Independence for the Blind, 2007 - Present

Speaking Engagements: 

  • Human Resource Law from Start to Finish
  • Successful Hiring & Recruitment Steps
  • Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs

Representative Experience: 

  • Jury trials. Federal Court: Northern District of Florida
  • Jury trials. State Courts: Escambia; Okaloosa; Dade; and Broward Counties
  • Judge trials. State Courts: Escambia; Okaloosa; Santa Rosa; Dade; and Broward Counties
  • Administrative Hearings. Judge of Compensation Claims: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Bay Counties
  • Administrative Hearings. Public Employee Relations Commission
  • Administrative Hearings. DMV Bureau of Driver Improvement.
  • Administrative Hearings. Florida Commission on Human Relations
  • Administrative Hearings. Federal Administrative Law Judges
  • Administrative Hearings. Federal Longshore