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Christopher H. Marine is a lifelong resident of Vero Beach.  He serves as chairman of the firm's Real Property  Group,  the Finance & Institutional Lending Group, and he is also a member of  the Business & Commercial Enterprise Group.  Mr. Marine has been awarded an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating issued by the largest and most complete ratings registry of lawyers in the world.


Mr. Marine graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1983, and during his law school tenure he served on the Editorial Board of the Florida Law Review.  Mr. Marine has over 25 years of practice experience in the area of real property, including residential and commercial transactions, construction and development, zoning and land use regulation, and corporate/commercial law and lending. Current projects of note include the Marsh Island Club, Palm Island Plantation, Providence, The Fountains Medical Complex, Quail Ridge, Hidden Hammock and Boulevard Tennis Village. Mr. Marine's extensive transactional practice has been recognized by Land America/Commonwealth title insurance company with its Executive Award for outstanding performance for ten consecutive years.


Mr. Marine has also developed a practice emphasis in the area of wetlands mitigation banking, negotiated and regulatory conservation easement grants, and related transactional services. He is an active Associate Member of the National Mitigation Banking Association.


In addition to the practice of law, Mr. Marine remains active within the Vero Beach business and civic community. He has served on the Board of the Education Foundation and he is a past President and current member of the Indian River County Real Property Council. He has served as Chairman and member of the Board of Adjustment/Appeal for the City of Vero Beach, and he is the current Chairman of the Indian River County Board of Zoning Adjustment/Appeal.  Mr. Marine also manages the firm's commercial title insurance company, Island Title Agency. 


Mr. Marine's professional memberships include the Indian River County and American Bar Associations, and the Florida Bar.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    33 years
  2. Real Estate: 40%
    33 years
  3. Business: 20%


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Gould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.

979 Beachland Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL, 32963-1688


FLMember in Good Standing198306/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Florida's Top Ranked Law Firm ListLexis Nexis & Martindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Executive AwardLand America/Common Wealth2002
Executive Award for ExcellenceLand America/Commonwealth2001
Executive Award for ExcellenceLand America/Common Wealth1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ManagerIsland Title Agency2009 - Present
PartnerGould Cooksey Fennell, P.A.1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indian River Land TrustBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Indian River County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Education FoundationPast Board MemberN/A
Indian River County Real Property CouncilMemberN/A
Indian River County Board of Zoning Adjustment/AppealChairmanN/A
Education Law AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
National Mitigation Banking AssociationAssociate MemberN/A
Indian River County Real Property CouncilPast PresidentN/A
Florida Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
City of Vero Beach Board of Adjustment/AppealChairmanN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Citrus GrillhouseN/A
Land AcquisitionN/A
Property DevelopmentN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida TrendEconomic Yearbook2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983