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Christopher Hopkins
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EMAIL chopkins@mcdonaldhopkins.com

PHONE 561.847.2346

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Experience

Christopher is a member in the firm’s Business Litigation Department. He has nearly 20 years of trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout Florida in the areas of commercial, construction, malpractice, and probate litigation.

In addition to Christopher’s courtroom work, his practice involves a wide range of emerging technologies, such as app development, bitcoin/virtual currency regulation, cloud computing, drones, e-discovery and retention, drafting end user license agreements (EULA), Internet crimes, data privacy, social media discovery, policy writing, and web contracts.

Christopher, a frequent speaker and presenter on litigation and technology issues, has also developed a legal ethics iPhone app and provided expert witness testimony in court.

Christopher earned a J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 1997. He received a M.T.S., cum laude, from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1994, and a B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1992.

Representative Cases/Matters

  • Concerning unlicensed practice of law: Scharrer v. Fundamental Administrative Services, 176 So.3d 1273 (Fla. 2015)
  • Concerning juror misconduct: Hillsboro Management, LLC v. Pagono PR of Est. of Tremblay, 112 So.3d 620 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)
  • Concerning attorney's fees in probate case: Geary v. Butzel Long, P.C., 13 So.3d 149 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
  • Concerning summary judgment in negligence case: Spatz v. Embassy Care, Inc., 9 So.3d 697 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009)
  • Concerning fraud on the trial court: Howard v. Risch, 959 So.2d 308 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
  • Concerning arbitration in nursing home admission: Est. of Orlanis v. Oakwood Terrace Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Center, 981 So.2d 811 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Concerning HOA director immunity: Berg v. Wagner, 935 So.2d 100 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006)
  • Concerning arbitration in nursing home admission: Prieto v. Health Care and Retirement Corp. of America, 919 So.2d 531 (Fla. 3d DCA 2005)
  • Concerning arbitration in nursing home admission: Lacey v. Healthcare and Retirement Corp. of America, 918 So.2d 333 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
  • Concerning arbitration in nursing home admission: Romano ex rel. Romano v. Manor Care, 861 So.2d 59 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
  • Concerning arbitration in nursing home admission: Consolidated Resources Healthcare Fund I, Ltd. v. Fenelus, 853 So.2d 500 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003)
Credentials

Accreditation

  • Florida Supreme Court, Circuit Civil Certified Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court, Qualified Arbitrator

Admissions - Court

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Admissions - State

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • Wesley Theological Seminary
  • University of Richmond

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Trial Advocate Quarterly Award, Florida Defense Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, Listed for Civil Trial (2012)
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, Listed for Appellate Practice (2005-2010)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, James Lawless ADR Award (2008)

Professional Membership

  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Lifeboat Foundation, Advisory Board (2014-present)
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Member (current), Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member (current), Technology Committee Chairman (2010-2012)
Insights

External Publications

  • “Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark: U.S. Supreme Court Continues to Support Arbitration, “ Trial Advocate Quarterly, Summer 2017
  • Social Media Discovery in Florida After Nucci v. Target,” Palm Beach Bar Association Bulletin, July 2017
  • Can Your Clients Be Convicted for Threats on Social Media?” Palm Beach Bar Association Bulletin, Nov 2016
  • “ISIS in Florida,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, June 2016
  • Podcasts for Lawyers,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, April 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Abortion Case,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, Feb 2016
  • How Jurors Use Technology in 2016,” “Podcasts for Lawyers,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, Jan 2016
  • Nine Ways That Companies Get Hacked,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, Nov 2015
  • The Government Can Sue Your Company for Negligent Cybersecurity,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, Oct 2015
  • "Ten Steps to Obtain Facebook Discovery in Florida," Trial Advocate Quarterly, Spring 2015
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Facebook Case,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, March 2015
  • “Drone-Acquired Evidence in Civil Cases,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, February 2015
  • “Can Your Client Legally Fly a Drone?,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, January 2015
  • “Florida Lawyer’s Guide to Marijuana Laws,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, October 2014
  • "Can a Florida Lawyer Advise a Client About Medical Marijuana?," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, September 2014
  • "One Year After Snowden: How Secure Are Your Calls and Emails?," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, July 2014
  • "What is Bitcoin: Currency, Property...or Tulips?," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, June 2014
  • "Tor Anonymizer for Lawyers," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, April 2014
  • "GPS Surveillance Since U.S. v. Jones," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, February 2014
  • "Using iPads in Deposition," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, January 2014
  • "Can the Government Compel Your Client to Decrypt a Hard Drive?," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, July 2013
  • “Can They Search Your iPad or iPhone at the Border?,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, May 2013
  • "Defendants Want Social Media, Plaintiffs Want E-Discovery," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, April 2013
  • "What Does a Child Pornography Case Tell You About Computer Evidence?," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, November 2012
  • "In-House Counsel in the Cloud—Can You Trust Online Storage," Association of Corporate Counsel North Florida Focus, Q3 2012
  • "PDF Documents Are Modifiable—Learn to Sign Electronically," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, October 2012
  • "Lawyers in the Cloud," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, July/August 2012
  • "Discovery of Facebook Content in Florida Cases," Trial Advocate Quarterly, Spring 2012
  • “The Supreme Court, GPS Darts, & George Orwell,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2011
  • “Will You Law Firm Accept Bitcoin?,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2011
  • “Using iPhone Location in Data Discovery,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2011
  • "Digital Photos Have Metadata Too,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2011
  • “Building a Better Proposal for Settlement,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2008
  • “Eyewitness Reliability: JFK Assassination & Simmons v. Florida,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2007
  • “Emerging Trends and Conflicts in the Enforcement of Arbitration,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2006
  • “Peril’s of Enforcing ‘Favored’ Arbitration,” Trial Advocate Quarterly, 2005
  • “Googling Your Clients,” Florida Bar News, 2003
Events

Speaking Engagements

  • “Apps for Mediators,” Florida Dispute Resolution Conference, August 2015
  • “Start-Up Panel,” Inside Bitcoins Conference NYC, April 2015
  • "Bitcoin Litigation," Bitcoin Consumer Fair, April 2015
  • "Apps for Florida Lawyers," The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Webinars, April 2015
  • “Regulatory Panel,” North American Bitcoin Association Conference, January 2015
  • “Rules of Evidence,” NBI Seminars, 2015
  • "NSA Mass Surveillance—How Secure Are Your Calls and Emails?," Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, April 2014
  • "Electronic Spying & Tracking in Divorce Cases," Strafford Publications, February 2014
  • "Palm Beach Inquest—JFK Assassination," Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, December 2013
  • "Spying Spouses: Social Media & E-Discovery," Palm Beach Bar, November 2013
  • "Apps for Business Professionals," Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, June 2013
  • “E-Discovery Seminar,” Palm Beach Bar, February 2013
  • "Student Internet Safety," Rosarian Academy, February 2013
  • “E-Discovery Survival Guide,” ACC South Florida Conference, September 2012
  • “CYA (Cover Your Apps)—App Development for In-House Counsel,” ACC South Florida Conference, September 2012
  • "iPhone & iPad Apps for Lawyers," Palm Beach County Bar Association, June 2012
  • “Legal Ethics in Florida,” NBI, 2010
  • “Social Network Sites and Jury Selection,” Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2009
  • “Internet Research for Lawyers,” Florida Defense Lawyers Association, 2007
  • “Assassination of JFK: Origin of Conspiracy Theories,” Governor’s Club, 2005
  • “Advanced Internet Research for Lawyers,” Lorman, 2005
  • “Making Objections at Trial,” NBI, 2004
  • “Trial Advocacy in Florida,” NBI 2004
  • “Keys to Effective Expert Cross-Examination,” NBI 2004
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