Christopher Frey was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y. He moved to Clearwater and Graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic HS. He has resided in the Tampa Bay area since. Chris lives in Pasco County with his wife, Cindy and their four children. Chris is very active in community, school and church events. He is a member of two School Advisory Councils. and sports leagues where he coaches football and soccer. Chris is active in the Florida, Pasco and Clearwater Bar associations, and Inns of Court, and has lectured on the law in various capacities. Chris is affiliated with Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Habitat for humanity, Rotary Club of Trinity and Trinity BNI.
Professionally, Chris interned wuth Mark Ober at the Hillsborough County State Attorney and continued interning with Holland & Knight, in its media law department. At Stetson College of Law, Chris clerked for George Rahdert, Esq. and the St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Frey worked as a law clerk on School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987). In Arline, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a contagious disease is a handicap under the American with Disabilites Act. The case became nationally reknown as the "AIDS" case. The motion picture "Philidelphia" starring Tom Hanks is founded in this court decision.
Mr. Frey then clerked on The Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 208 (1989), which also ascended to the legal pinacle of United States Supreme Court. Chris not only participated in the preparation of merit and jurisdictional briefs, but also shared the rare opportunity of attending oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Frey's first published article in the Stetson Law Review was about this case.
Mr. Frey is an accomplished trial attorney with an outstanding record of success with an overwhelming number of jury acquittals. His legal writings have been referenced by the United States Supreme Court, the Harvard Law Review, various professional journals and law reviews, the U.S. Department of Justice and a National institutes on Scholarly Archives.
Position: Chris is a lead trial attorney in the New Port Richey office handling all DUI, Traffic, White Collar Crime, Violations of Probation, general criminal defense matters, and extremely difficult criminal trials involving highly complex litigation and affirmative defenses such as entrapment, self-defense (Stand Your Ground) cases, and alibi defenses. Mr. Frey has recently been consulted by numerous national media outlets regarding Florida's Stand Your Groud defense.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1989||06/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Article Selection Prosecutorial Symposium||Stetson Law Review||1999|
|Law Review casenote selected for online library||Westlaw||1989|
|Selection||Who's Who Among American Law Students 9th Ed.||1989|
|Outstanding Achievement Award||Stetson Law Student Council||1988|
|Attorney||Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett||2002 - Present|
|Attorney||Sole Practice||1996 - 2001|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Pinellas Pasco State Attorney's Office||1989 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Who's Who Among American Lawyers||Associate||1989 - Present|
|West Pasco Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Former Chair||N/A|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Barney Masterson Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987)||Prevailed|
|The Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 208 (1989)||Prevailed|
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|Stetson Law Review||The State v. The Self-Represented: A Florida Prosecutor's Concerns When Litigating Against a Pro Se Defendant in a Criminal Trial||1999|
|Stetson Law Review||The Imposition of Strict Civil Liability on a Media Defendant for Publication of Truthful, Lawfully Obtained Information||1994|
|Florida Bar Journal||Domestic Physical Abuse: A Proposed Use for Evidence of Specific Similar Acts in Criminal Prosecution to Corroborate Victim Testimony||1994|
|West Publications||State Constitutional Law||1988|
|University of South Florida||Broadcasting||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Stetson University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Pasco County 2d Amendment Club||Stand Your Ground and Firearms||2012|
|News Media Inquiry||Stand your ground, self defense||2011|
|Law Week||Criminal Law||2004|
|Tampa Bay American Inn of Court||Criminal Law||2000|
|Yearly event for public||People's Law School Pinellas County||1992|