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Chris E. Ragano

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.

Chris E. Ragano

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.

Mr. Ragano practices exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including trial litigation in all areas of custody disputes and complex financial matters. Mr. Ragano received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. He is admitted to practice in the state of Florida and before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Attorney Chris E. Ragano is a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section where he served as past Chair for the Family Law Section and the Family Law Executive Council Committee. He is also a past Chair of the Executive Committee for the Tampa Family Law Inns of Court.

Mr. Ragano is a frequent speaker and lecturer on contested family law litigation. He has previously lectured for The Florida Bar, the National Business Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Bay Area Legal Services. Such seminars include such topics as Advanced Trial Techniques, Admissibility of Electronic Evidence, Utilizing Expert Witnesses at Trial and Complex Child Custody litigation.

Chris E. Ragano has been featured in the Tampa Tribune discussing the effects of cyber-stalking in contested custody matters. He has written for the Hillsborough County Lawyer Magazine an article titled “The New Parenting Bill: No More Mud Slinging???”. This was the first article to discuss the new revisions to the Parenting Bill in Florida. Mr. Ragano provided an overview of how the new Parenting Bill differs from the previous child custody law. Following the release of this article, Mr. Ragano appeared two different times on the local news station Channel 10 to discuss the new Parenting Bill, as well as the recent custody cases that have been litigated under this new law.

As a testament to his craft, Mr. Ragano is the only attorney in the Tampa Bay area to speak at annual seminars geared towards training other practicing attorneys and psychologists on prosecuting and defending all forms of domestic violence injunctions. He is frequently retained by other law firms to step in and handle domestic violence proceedings for their clients. Mr. Ragano was invited to speak at an annual Domestic Violence Task Force Board Meeting to provide updated information on “cyber stalking” as well as domestic violence injunctions.

As a former Public Defender in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County, Mr. Ragano has handled thousands of jury and non-jury trials. He was the lead attorney of the “Domestic Violence” unit. He had perfected his trial skills in this area so much that he was called upon to train other attorneys in the technique for successfully defending false allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and stalking. Mr. Ragano has been a research consultant for the History Channel and A&E’s Biography Channel. He has appeared in several documentaries including “Mouthpiece Voice of the Accused”, “Declassified: Godfathers of Havana”, “Biography: Santo Trafficante” and “Mafia’s Greatest Hits”.

Mr. Ragano serves in the “of counsel” capacity for other law firms since 2015. In that capacity, Mr. Ragano is frequently called upon to handle litigated cases for other firms in the areas of child custody cases, complex financial matters, and all final hearings/trials.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • – Family Law
  • – Cyber-Stalking
  • – Contested Divorces
  • – Custody Disputes
  • – Complex Financial
  • – Alimony Disputes
  • – Child Support

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • – Florida, 1997
  • – U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2000

EDUCATION

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

    • Bachelor of Science  – 1992
    • Honors: 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: 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, 2020
    • 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

    • 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)