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Christopher J. Mueller

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Chris is Board Certified by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education in construction law, a distinction that is unique to less than 400 attorneys in the state. During his career, he has worked with general contractors, sureties, subcontractors and specialty trade contractors, product manufacturers, architects, and engineers in matters ranging from defective construction or design, delays, contract disputes, lien and payment disputes, and construction-site personal injury.

Chris also dedicates a portion of his practice to the representation of insurance carriers involved in coverage disputes and defending individuals and businesses in litigation involving property damage or bodily injury. He has also litigated and tried professional malpractice, casualty, and personal injury cases in his career. 

After several years as being named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers, he was recognized in 2016 and 2017 for his outstanding work in the field of construction litigation and named a “Super Lawyer” by the Super Lawyers publication. He also lectures on a variety of construction topics for clients and industry groups.

Outside of the office, Chris is an avid Florida State Seminoles fan. On fall weekends, you can find Chris with his wife and three children at Doak Campbell Stadium adorned in garnet and gold tailgating with his family and friends. As for staying busy during the other seasons, he enjoys spending time with his family, golf, traveling, and working on improving his home (one project at a time). Chris also donates his time to various local charities and organizations, including Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), which he became involved with as a youth and continues to volunteer with today.

Representative Experience:

  • Represented a window installation subcontractor against defective construction claims brought by a large, national homebuilder in Jacksonville. By the end of the litigation, the defense covered nearly 100 lawsuits and was successfully resolved in a global settlement for an amount that was less than half of the actual repair cost expended by the homebuilder.
  • Represented the general contractor of an office building in Jacksonville in a six week trial involving claims of delay, deficient/incomplete work, and defective construction with damages claimed in excess of $20 million.
  • Served as lead counsel to the general contractor of a large, mixed-use project in Orlando alleged to require over $40 million in repairs due to defective construction. The case was ultimately successfully settled through negotiation with the plaintiff/owner, the project surety, the original developer, over 30 subcontractors and suppliers, and the parties’ general liability and excess insurance carriers that resulted in the vast majority of the settlement amount being paid by the subcontractors and material suppliers alleged to have provided the defective construction and materials.
  • Successfully represented at trial a local electrical contractor on a lien claim that resulted in full payment of the lien amount to the client plus attorneys’ fees and costs, despite the homeowner’s counterclaim that much of the work was defective.

Community Involvement:

  • Jacksonville Seminole Club (Board of Directors, 2008 – 2013, 2016 – 2017)
  • Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV) (Board of Directors, 2008 – 2009; Scholarship Chair, 2014 – 2015)
  • Seminole Boosters, Inc. Inner Council
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Beta Septaton Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 2013 – 2015)

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