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Chris E. Ragano, J.D.

Founding Partner / Attorney

Chris E. Ragano is a third generation Tampa native and the son of prominent attorney Frank Ragano. Frank Ragano was rated one of the top five greatest criminal defense attorneys in history. Chris was born in Miami, Florida and has resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1978. Chris Ragano carries on the family tradition started by his father of helping people by representing them in legal matters – protecting both their families and their rights.

Education and Degrees

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
  • Doctorate of Jurisprudence – 1996
  • Vice-President: Florida Law Students Association
  • Mock Trial Advocacy Competition Winner

 

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science – 1992
  • President: Economic Honor Society
  • Major: Economics

PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

North Tampa Legal Group, P.A., Founding Partner and Trial Attorney, 2015-Present: Overseeing all case work with a detailed focus on the trial work and litigation related to each case

The Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., Founding Partner and Trial Attorney, 2008-2015: Administration of law firm, Of Counsel – Hunter Law Group, P.A., detailed focus on the trial work and litigation related to all cases

Kuske & Ragano, P.A., Managing Partner and Senior Trial Attorney, 2006-2008

The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney,2005-2006

Escobar, Ramirez, & Associates, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney, 2004-2005

The Law Firm of Nancy Hutcheson Harris & Associates, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney, 2001-2004

The Law Offices of Knox & Givens, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2000-2001

Julianne M Holt, Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, Tampa, Florida, 1996-2000

Federal Public Defenders Office, Houston, Texas, Certified Legal Intern, 1994-1996

Published Works, SEMINARS, AND Awards

Cyber Stalking: The New Frontier, – by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Tampa Bay Luxury Magazine, October 2010

So Your Ex is Residing with Someone – Do I Still Need to Pay Alimony, – by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association, July 2010

Facebook Adds Fuel to Flames of Divorce, Tampa Tribune, February 2010

The New Parenting Bill – Does Mud Slinging Still Exist???, HCBA Lawyer Magazine, September 2008

The Tampa Tribune: Facebook Adds Fuel to Flames of Divorce, February 21, 2010

Speaker: Military Issues in Family Law: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know. Presented by North Tampa Bar Association – Tampa, Florida, March 11, 2021.

Speaker: Family Law A to Z, Presented by National Business Institute – Tampa, Florida, December 5, 2014

Speaker: Getting Started: Initial Interview, Pleadings, and Hearings – Half Moon Seminars, Tampa, Florida, March 26, 2012

Cyber Stalking: The New Frontier, – by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Tampa Bay Luxury Magazine, October 2010

Speaker: Live Continuing Mediator Education: Trends in a Changing Environment – “Domestic Violence” – Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida February 18, 2010

Speaker: Family Law Litigation Techniques – Presented by National Business Institute Tampa, Florida, January 7, 2010

Speaker: Domestic Violence Update, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, October 14, 2009

Speaker: Establishment, Delinquency, and Enforcement of Income Deduction Orders, Florida Association of Court Clerks, Tampa, Florida, June 9, 2009

Speaker: How the Revised Statute 61.13 Effects Child Support, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, January 16, 2009

Speaker: Annual Domestic Violence Task Force Meeting, Tampa, Florida, January 8, 2009

Speaker: Enhancing Client Relationships Through Divorce Financial Planning, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, January 7, 2009

Speaker: The 3 D’s – Untangling Dependency, Domestic Violence, and Divorce – Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, September 2008

Research Consultant, A&E Biography Channel, May 1, 2008

Speaker: Financial Settlement Strategies for Divorce Client – National Business Institute – Tampa, Florida, June 8, 2007

Speaker: Child Custody and Shared Parenting, National Business Institute – Tampa, Florida, February 23, 2007

Speaker: Admissibility of Computer-Generated Documents, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Tampa, Florida 2006

Research Consultant, Declassified: Godfathers of Havana, History Channel, 2006

Speaker: Divorce 101: Obtaining the Best Settlement for Your Client In Florida, National Business Institute, Tampa, Florida, 2006

Speaker: Domestic Violence: An Informative Guide to The Family Law Practitioner, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, 2005

Speaker: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – An Informative Guide to Defending and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Injunctions – Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2004

Speaker: A Roadmap Through Florida Divorce Proceeding – National Business Institute, Tampa, Florida, 2004

Speaker: Prosecuting and Defending Domestic Violence Injunctions– Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, 2003

Research Consultant: Mouthpiece: Voice of the Accused – Frank Ragano, History Channel, 2003

Speaker: Prosecuting the Respondent in Domestic Violence Cases: A Petitioner’s Perspective – Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, September 15, 2006

Martindale Hubbell, AV- Rating, Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, 2017, 2018

Meritorious Public Service Award, The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13 F, January 31, 2013

Hillsborough County Bar Association, Chairmanship Award, Marital & Family Law Section, 2008-2009

Dale Carnegie Training Course  – Outstanding Performance Award (Twice), Certificate of Recognition, November 17, 2005

AVVO Client’s Choice Award

AVVO 5 Star Review

AVVO Top Rated Attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

North Tampa Bar Association, Board of Directors, North Tampa

The Florida Bar, Family Law Section & Domestic Violence Committee

Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, Marital & Family Law Section

North Tampa Bar Association, Member

Former Chairman of Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “F”, Tampa, Florida

Former Chairman of the Marital & Family Law Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida

Former Executive Committee Chair, Tampa Family Law Inns of Court, Tampa, Florida

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, Former Member

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

Jury Trial Experience: First Chair of 41 Jury Trials to Verdict (Capital Crimes and 1st -3rd Degree Felonies)

Non-Jury Trials: Have tried over 7,500 Non-Jury Trials

Multiple 7-14 Day Final Hearings (Marital & Family Law)