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Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin

Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin

The Barrister Firm, P.A.
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy, Business Law ...
  • Florida
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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

Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Consumer Law
    Class Action, Lemon Law
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Entertainment & Sports Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Foreclosure Defense
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiance Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
    Intellectual Property
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Military Law
    Veteran's Benefits
    Native American Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Social Security Disability
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    for most legal areas
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Contingent Fees
    contingent 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
Florida
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11th Circuit
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Federal Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Haitian Creole: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Special Magistrate
City of North Miami
- Current
Special Magistrate
City of Opa Locka
- 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)
- Current
Mediator and Arbitrator
Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution
- Current
Managing Shareholder
The Barrister Firm, P.A.
- Current
Education
St. Thomas University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students Moot Court
Activities: Student Bar Association Black Law Student Association (Southern Regional Treasurer)
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Florida Memorial University
B.A. | Political Science
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Honors: All American Collegate Scholar Herman Dreer Leadership Scholar Dean's List Cum Laude
Activities: Senior Class President Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Kappa Gamma Chapter (President) Attorney General Student Government Association Pre-Law Society (President) NAACP College Branch (President)
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Awards
Top 100
National Black Lawyers
Top One Percent
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Legal Elite
Florida Trend
Who's Who in American Law
Marquis Who's Who
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Top Legal Leaders of South Florida
ALM Legal Leaders
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
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
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
40 under 40 Top Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Legacy Magazine
Listed in Top Rated Attorneys in South Florida
Daily Business Review
Who's Who in America 67th Edition
Marquis Who's Who
Top 40 under 40
National Trial Lawyers
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
Outstanding Pro Bono Award
Dade County Legalaid Put Something Back Program
Professional Associations
Broward County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of National Bar Association
Member
- Current
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National Association of Hearing Officers
Member
- Current
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Florida Academy of Mediator Professionals
Member
- Current
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Miami Gardens Nuiance Abatement Bond
Co-Chairman
- Current
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Florida State Bar  # 561029
Member
- Current
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Miami-Dade County Citizens Independent Transportation Trust
Board Member
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City of North Miami Nuisance Abatement Board
Legal Advisor
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FMBA
President
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Keep Miami Clean
Chairman
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Dade County Bar Association
Committee Chairman
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Wilkie D Ferguson Bar Association (Black Lawyers Association - Dade County)
President
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Publications
Articles & Publications
The Truth About Florida's Stand Your Ground Law
In Focus Magazine
Speaking Engagements
Building Communities, Miami
The Wells Foundation
Know Your Rights, Law Enforcement and Community Post Ferguson, Ft. Lauderdale
Urban League of Broward County
Certifications
Mediation
Florida Supreme Court
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Contact & Map
Headquarters
19 West Flagler Street
Suite 610
Miami, FL 33130
Toll-Free: (844) 236-7755
Telephone: (305) 407-1180
Fax: (786) 463-4606
Barrister North Miami
18851 NE 29th Avenue
Suite 700 PMB 168
Aventura, FL 33180
Telephone: (305) 407-1180
Fax: (786) 463-4606