Skip to main content

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.


Photos and videos

1282252 1402340941

Practice areas


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



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Quin Baker

    I endorse this lawyer. I litigated several cases against Chris when I was a prosecutor. He was always a challenging opponent. Chris was typically successful on behalf of his clients in using unique legal arguments in his motion practice and with connecting with juries during trials. He understands how to size up the State's case against his client and pick apart the weaknesses for the benefit of his client.


    Quin Baker Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lisa K. York

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Chris for years and he is one of the best criminal justice attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with.


    Lisa York Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

445 E Government St
Pensacola, FL, 32502-6131


FLMember in Good Standing199206/20/2016
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
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
The SummationThe Second Amendment Vs. Marijuana Laws2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - 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