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About Me

I am a criminal defense lawyer. 

I was sworn in to practice law immediately before defending an evidence tampering jury trial in September, 1992.  I started my career as an Assistant Public Defender.  Cases have not slowed down and I continue defending people from all walks of life from charges involving sex, drugs and violence. My trials have ranged from simple assault to murder, with an occasional lap-dancing violation along the way. I have tried criminal cases in Florida and Federal Court and have argued cases before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. 


I am a Life member in the NACDL And FACDL, which means that criminal defense is a career dedication.


I have had the Honor of working for the Office of the Public Defender and have learned as an associate, before opening up my solo practice in July, 2000.


Licensed to practice in:

The United States Supreme Court,

The Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals,

The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida, &

Florida Courts on every level.


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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 30%
    19 years
  3. Family: 10%
    19 years
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
    19 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    19 years



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Mary Gay McDaniel

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an extremely experienced trial attorney with a great deal of integrity. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of aggressive representation.


    Mary McDaniel Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Stephen George Cobb

    Leaders lead. From day one, it was apparent that Chris Rabby was a leader. Decades later, he still is. Chris Rabby is one of the most respected members of the Bar in the First Judicial Circuit and is known statewide. Once, I had something delivered to the wrong place at the courthouse in Escambia County. Chris was done for the day, yet flagged me down to tell me about it. He then walked with me to show me where the documents had been dropped off. This isn't a story of what he did, this is who he is. Leadership comes in many forms, including courtesy, respect and service. Leaders lead. Chris Rabby is a leader on many levels.


    Stephen Cobb DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

445 E Government St
Pensacola, FL, 32502-6131


FLMember in Good Standing199209/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
General CounselChristopher L. Rabby, P.A.2000 - Present
AssociateMark Lee Smith, P.A.1995 - 2000
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender in Pensacola, Florida1992 - 1995
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1992 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime Member1992 - Present
Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar AssociationExecutive Council1992 - Present
Society of Criminal Defense Bar, Escambia CountyFormer President1992 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Beahan v. State, 41 So.3d 1000 (Fla 1st DCA 2010)Suppression granted on appeal
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Publication NameTitleDate
The SummationThe Second Amendment Vs. Marijuana Laws2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor1992
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Rutherford B. Hayes High SchoolN/AN/A1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law 101Evidence and Trial Techniques2014