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Christopher Lee Pope

Construction and development Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Florida Bar Board Certified in both Condominium and Planned Development Law; and Construction Law and considered by the Bar to be an expert and specialist in these areas of law. File and defend liens, defect cases, contract negotiation.

    10 years

  2. Real estate
    Florida Bar Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law; and Construction Law and considered an expert and specialist in these areas of law. Represent Developers, Condominiums and HOAs. Also, handle real estate transactions.

    10 years

Christopher L. Pope joined the Pavese Law Firm in 2012 and became a partner in the Firm in 2018. Mr. Pope is Florida Bar Board Certified in both Condominium and Planned Development Law; and Construction Law (Board certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar for the competency and experience of a lawyer practicing in a specialty area). He primarily focuses his practice in the areas of Condominium and Homeowners’ Association Law; Construction Law; and Real Estate.

He represents and advises clients, including top national homebuilders, contractors, developers, commercial associations, homeowners’ and condominium associations, and individuals on a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to, the following:

Condominium and Homeowners’ Association, and Planned Development Law

General legal counsel regarding the statutes, rules, and regulations for community associations in Florida
Drafting, interpreting, and amending community association governing documents, including Declarations, Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and Architectural Review Guidelines
Covenants Enforcement
Drafting and negotiating contracts with vendors and contractors
Collection of association assessments and fees, including lien enforcement and foreclosure
Condominium and homeowners’ association litigation and alternative dispute resolution
Disputes arising from maintenance and repair of common areas
Administrative representation before the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Preservation and revitalization of covenants under Florida Marketable Record Title Act (MRTA)
Common area improvements (clubhouse and golf course renovations, boat docks, and other improvements)
Construction Law

Preparing and filing construction liens and statutory notices, including Notices of Commencement, Notices to Owner, and lien waivers and releases for compliance with Chapter 713, Florida Statutes
Drafting and reviewing construction contracts, including AIA, EJCDC, and Consensus Documents
Contract and Change Order negotiation
Administrative representation in licensure and permitting matters
Construction lending
Notices of construction defects under Chapter 558, Florida Statutes
Construction-related litigation and arbitration (lien foreclosure and priority; prompt payment; change order disputes; retainage disputes; surety claims; delay claims; warranty and defect claims)
Public and private bond claims
Real Estate

Residential and commercial real estate closings
Preparing and negotiating leases from both landlord and tenant perspectives
1031 Exchanges
Contract negotiation and disputes
Landlord and tenant disputes
Self-Directed IRAs
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Pope worked as an Area Construction Manager for one of the nation’s largest homebuilders where he managed and directed construction for master planned golf course communities, some with build-outs of 5,000 homes. He has also managed condominium rehabilitations, underground utility installations, and site work. Because of this experience, Mr. Pope has a unique insight into the client’s perspective on community association, construction, and real estate matters.

Mr. Pope obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Auburn University, where he majored in Management of Information Systems. He then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor and Diploma in Civil Law from Louisiana State University. Mr. Pope also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.

Mr. Pope is a member of the Florida Bar and the Lee County Bar Association, and a past member of the American Inns of Court (Calusa Chapter).

Representative Experience

Represented a Fortune 500 Company during the construction closeout of its global headquarters
Represented a major sub-contractor in successfully negotiating resolution of a payment dispute involving the general contractor and the Florida Department of Transportation
Has successfully completed Covenants Revitalization for 15 homeowners’ associations since 2015
Represented a homeowners’ association in the acquisition of a golf course, restaurant, and other amenities and improvements.

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Licensed for 11 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 02/23/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Pavese Law Firm
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Posted by Whitney | February 23, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Responsive, with Great Outcomes
I have worked with Chris Pope at Pavese Law Firm on a myriad of issues for my company. He has served as outside counsel for a couple of commercial real estate transactions. He has also advised us on leasing and tenant disputes. Chris always cuts through the legalese and provides a streamlined solution that has rendered great results.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pavese Law Firm
  • 2012 - Present


  • Boston University School of Law
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • 2012
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • J.D. / G.D.C.L.
  • 2011
  • Auburn University
  • Bachelors of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • A W Hughey Construction Services, LLC vs. Michael A. Mitch, et al.
  • Principal of Lien was satisfied.
  • EMI Construction Inc. v. Schehr
  • Settlement


  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2017 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Construction Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2020
  • Board Certified - Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Lee County Inns of Court (CALUSA CHAPTER)
  • Stress, Mental Health and Substance Use in the Legal Community
  • 2019
  • Lee County Inns Of Court (Calusa Chapter)
  • When the Sun Sets
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Christopher
Construction and development Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. We worked together in the past. He's an excellent community association and construction attorney."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is equal parts ethical, personable, and intelligent. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris, and believe he is a valuable member of the legal community. I would recommend Chris to anyone in need of the services he provides."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Other
"Chris Pope is knowledgeable, well-prepared and timely. He is a dedicated, hard-working professional."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an excellent attorney. Every client that I have referred to him has had nothing but positive things to say about their experience. They indicate he is friendly, knowledgeable, and quick to assist with their real estate matters. I recommend this attorney."
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Fort Myers Construction and development Lawyer Christopher Lee Pope
Christopher Lee Pope
Construction and development Attorney
Fort Myers, FL
Licensed for 11 years