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Christian Dietrich Searcy

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CHRISTIAN D. SEARCY is President and CEO of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. For 41 years, he has litigated cases primarily involving catastrophic injury and death in venues throughout Florida, as well as other states. At age 29, he had the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in the United States to achieve a verdict of $1 million for a single personal injury lawsuit.


In 2006, Mr. Searcy was one of only two lawyers in the country to receive the “War Horse Award” from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, honoring his outstanding skill as a trial advocate and his extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice.


In 2005, the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers honored Mr. Searcy with its Perry Nichols Award, the highest honor it bestows, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause of justice.  In 2015 he was inducted by the National Trial Lawyers Association into The Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.


Mr. Searcy is past President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a worldwide organization limited to just 500 attorneys by invitation only, and is named in The Best Lawyers in America, an independent study by Harvard trained attorneys. He is also recognized in Law and Leading Attorneys, is listed as one of the “legal elite” in Florida Trend magazine, and is named as one of the top lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide. Mr. Searcy has been selected as one of Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Searcy is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is by invitation only and limits its membership to the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. Mr. Searcy is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Searcy is a member of the International Society of Barristers, which is by invitation only to 500 of the top trial lawyers internationally.


Mr. Searcy is a past President of the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and is a diplomat of the American Association for Justice, formerly known as American Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an emeritus member of the Board of Overseers of Stetson University College of Law, an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the College Foundation of the University of Virginia, Alumni Association of the University of Virginia Board of Managers, member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board Certified in Civil Litigation by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, formerly known as the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and member of The Florida Bar Association. Mr. Searcy writes and lectures extensively about civil trial practice, personal injury and wrongful death.


After earning a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia, Mr. Searcy received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, graduating in the top ten percent of his class.


Mr. Searcy’s personal philosophy of advocacy for those in need has made its mark on South Florida, where he supports numerous non-profit organizations committed to helping the disabled, improving education, and advancing community causes.

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  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 10%

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    I endorse this lawyer. Chris Searcy is not only the best trial lawyer in the world but he is an even better person.

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Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA

517 N. Calhoun St.
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing197306/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hall of FameNational Trial Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
War Horse AwardSouthern Trial Lawyers Association2009
Ironman AwardCoastal Conservation Association2008
Personal Injury Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers2008
Perry Nichols AwardFlorida Justice Association2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President & CEOSearcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA1977 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Academy of Trial LawyersSecretary/Treasurer2015 - Present
International Academy of Trial Lawyers FoundationBoard of Trustees2014 - Present
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationPast Member of the Professionalism CommitteeN/A
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationPast Member of the Judicial Relations CommitteeN/A
Palm Beach County Bar AssociationPast Member of the Circuit Civil Practice CommitteeN/A
Florida Supreme Court Historical SocietyPresident2011 - 2012
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Program CommitteePast President2011 - 2012
International Academy of Trial LawyersPresident2010 - 2011
International Academy of Trial LawyersPresident-Elect2009 - 2010
International Academy of Trial LawyersDean2008 - 2009
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Searcy Law BlogDo You Know – The hospital with a serious heart problem?2015
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of VirginiaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workhorse SeminarLoss of Enjoyment of Life Damages2015
Trial Lawyers SummitClose the Deal: Strategies for Delivering a Powerful and Persuasive Closing Argument2015