Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin

Miami, Florida
Experience: 15 years
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About Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin

Mr. Benjamin is a Lawprenuer(tm) and the founder of the Barrister Firm, P.A.; his practice emphasizes delivery of outstanding legal services in a variety of legal areas such as civil & commercial litigation, family litigation, criminal litigation, banking, probate administration, employment/labor and bankruptcy just to name a few. He is an AV Preeminent Attorney (highest recognized peer rating) and his clients include lenders, developers, investors, entrepreneurs, entertainers, publishers, corporations (including non-profits), individuals and small business owners. Mr. Benjamin is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator with the prestigious dispute resolution firm of Salmon & Dulberg and he's been listed on the panel of mediators and arbitrators for American Arbitration Association, Collins Center for Public Policy, FL Department of Financial Services and Financial Industry Regulation Agency (FINRA). Mr. Benjamin's wide knowledge of various legal areas and easy going demeanor has made him a great jurist as he serves on the bench of Traffic Court for County Court in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida and Special Magistrate for several municipalities. He has served as president of Miami-Dade's Black Lawyers' Association (The Wilkie D. Fergson, Jr. Bar Association). He has also chaired the Miami-Dade County Bar Association's Solo/Small Firm Committee. He has represented dozens of indigent clients through Dade County Legalaid's Put Something Back Program. Mr. Benjamin strives to maintain a practice that provides the legal services most needed in your everyday life so that there is rarely ever a need to look elsewhere. At the Barrister Firm, we are the last attorneys you'll ever need. Specialties: Litigation Alternative Dispute Family Labor & Employment Real Estate Civil Rights Bankruptcy Criminal Probate Immigration Small Business/Non-Profit/Entrepreneurs

Language(s) Spoken by Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin

  • English : Spoken, Written
  • French : Spoken, Written
  • Haitian Creole : Spoken, Written
  • Spanish : Spoken, Written

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Entertainment & Sports
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Intellectual Property »
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military Law
  • Native American Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Social Security Disability/SSI
  • Traffic Tickets

Fees

  • Free Consultationfor most legal areas
  • Credit Cards AcceptedMaster Card, Visa, American Express
  • Contingent Feescontingent fees for personal injury, medical malpractice, and some civil cases
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information$400 per hour (sliding scale rate and flat fees available - based on income)

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • FloridaSince 2002
  • 11th CircuitSince 2002
  • Federal CircuitSince 2002
  • U.S. Supreme CourtSince 2008

Professional Experience

  • Special Magistrate City of North Miami 2014 - Current
  • Special Magistrate City of Opa Locka 2012 - Current The Special Magistrate is an attorney and member of the Florida Bar who is appointed by the City Council to preside over code enforcement matters. The Special Magistrate has the jurisdiction and authority to hear and decide alleged violations and exercise the powers of a Code Enforcement Board as provided in chapter 162, Florida Statutes.
  • Traffic Magistrate Dade County Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court (Traffic Court) 2011 - Current
  • Mediator and Arbitrator Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution 2010 - Current
  • Managing Shareholder The Barrister Firm, P.A. 2002 - Current

Education

  • St. Thomas University School of Law J.D. | Law 1998 - 2001Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students Moot CourtActivities: Student Bar Associati
  • Florida Memorial University B.A. | Political Science 1994 - 1998Honors: All American Collegate Scholar Herman Dreer Leadership Scholar Dean's List Cum La

Awards

  • Top 100 National Black Lawyers 2015
  • Top One Percent National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015
  • Legal Elite Florida Trend 2015
  • Who's Who in American Law Marquis Who's Who 2014
  • Super Lawyer Super Lawyers 2014
  • Top Legal Leaders of South Florida ALM Legal Leaders 2013
  • Rising Star Super Lawyers 2012 An honor reserved for those lawyers who have shown excellence in practice. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in Florida are named to this list and the lawyer must be 40yrs old or younger or in practice for ten years or less.
  • 40 under 40 South Florida Business Journal 2012 Honoring the best and brightest young professionals in South Slorida who have made waves both in the business world and the community.
  • 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade County Cystic Fibrosis 2012
  • 40 under 40 Top Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Legacy Magazine 2012
  • Listed in Top Rated Attorneys in South Florida Daily Business Review 2012
  • Who's Who in America 67th Edition Marquis Who's Who 2012
  • Top 40 under 40 National Trial Lawyers 2012 This is an honor of invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership as a young trial lawyer.
  • AV Preeminent Attorney Martindale-Hubbell 2011
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Award Dade County Legalaid Put Something Back Program 2005

Professional Association

  • Broward County Bar Association #337325 Member 2011 - Current
  • Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of National Bar Association #337326 Member 2011 - Current
  • National Association of Hearing Officers #337327 Member 2011 - Current
  • Florida Academy of Mediator Professionals #337328 Member 2010 - Current
  • Miami Gardens Nuiance Abatement Bond #337329 Co-Chairman 2010 - Current
  • Florida State Bar #337330 Member 2002 - Current
  • Miami-Dade County Citizens Independent Transportation Trust #337331 Board Member 2011 - 2014
  • City of North Miami Nuisance Abatement Board #337332 Legal Advisor 2011 - 2014
  • FMBA #337333 President 2011 - 2012
  • Keep Miami Clean #337334 Chairman 2010 - 2011
  • Dade County Bar Association #337335 Committee Chairman 2009 - 2010
  • Wilkie D Ferguson Bar Association (Black Lawyers Association - Dade County) #337336 President 2009 - 2010

Articles & Publications

  • The Truth About Florida's Stand Your Ground Law In Focus Magazine March 10, 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Building Communities Miami May 10, 2014 The Wells Foundation
  • Know Your Rights Law Enforcement and Community Post Ferguson, Ft. Lauderdale February 20, 2015 Urban League of Broward County

Certifications

  • Mediation Florida Supreme Court

Address

19 West Flagler Street
Suite 610 Miami
Miami, FL 33130 USA

Telephone: (844) 236-7755
Fax: (786) 463-4606

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