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Christopher Swerling McDonagh

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 3 years
    Arizona - AZ 27 years
    California - CA 29 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2020
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

I advise and represents clients in real estate, financing and business transactions in Arizona, Florida and Mexico and related litigation in Arizona and Florida.  My dispute resolution practice includes representing parties in contract, business and real estate disputes; investors with claims against company management; and creditors in Bankruptcy Court.  I emphasize practical solutions to achieve my clients' goals and protect their interests.  My real estate practice includes commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and sales, leases, development, financing, and workouts.  I also form and advise business entities (LLCs, corporations, partnerships), and review, draft and negotiate contracts for businesses and individuals. I also represent borrowers and lenders in financing transactions and disputes. 


Raven & McDonagh, P.C.
1990 Main Street, Suite 750
(Available by appointment)
Sarasota, FL, 34236
Raven & McDonagh, P.C.
3507 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 111
Tucson, AZ, 85719
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Posted by Nathalie | February 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Team player and highly professional
We are from Canada and we were looking forward to buy a franchise business in Arizona. Mr McDonagh had to work closely not only with us, but with our immigration attorney, the franchiser, the sellers and the escrow agent. We were impressed by his ability to coordinate the communications between all parties. He always delivered quick responses to every one. We also want to mention his tremendous professionalism. He is very knowledgeable and we felt we could count on him. We would strongly recommend Mr McDonagh to anyone!
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Posted by Susan | July 14, 2015
Business and real estate sale
On short notice, I contacted Chris McDonagh while involved with the sale of my business and office building. While I had hired a supposedly highly experienced business broker, I felt there was a need for an attorney review. Turns out that it became a lot of work for Mr McDonagh to keep up with all the work my broker didn't do or did wrong. Mr McDonagh is thorough, professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable. He was on top of a very fast-paced situation and gave me a sense of satisfaction in knowing that my interests were being protected. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would highly recommend Christopher McDonagh for anyone needing an extremely competent and responsive attorney.
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Posted by Kevin | October 8, 2014
Professional and thoughtful attorney.
Only had a consult, but truly a professional and extremely thoughtful person who demonstrated a superb knowledge of real estate law. He looked thoroughly at the documents, I sent him and provided an plan of action. I wanted to use him, but since my case was in Phoenix, I was concerned about the distance, only to find out after I had already signed with another attorney that he does not charge for travel time to Phoenix. Again, thank you Mr. McDonagh for taking a look at our case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2012
Responsive Beyond Belief!
I discovered I needed an attorney located in Arizona to prepare documents for a transaction I was doing 4 days prior to it closing. I contacted an acquaintance in Arizona and she referred me to Mr McDonagh. I called Mr. McDonagh's office and he called me back the next day. We discussed my situation and what I needed. He agreed to complete the work for me and although he was working on other projects, he completed everything I needed by the end of that business day in time for the closing that was scheduled the next day. I found Mr. McDonagh to be very professional and knowlegable and very caring, empathetic and responsive to my needs. And his work was organized, thorough and accurate.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2011
Highly professional
I used Christopher McDonagh and was highly impressed by his legal expertise, his ability to navigate the legal world and his work ethic. I would highly recommend him to anyone.


  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Raven & McDonagh, P.C. (formerly Raven, Clancy & McDonagh, P.C.)
  • 2007 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Raven, Awerkamp & Clancy, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Rusing & Lopez PLLC
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Edwards Kofron Ketcham & Egbert, P.C.
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Legal Consultant
  • Faltz & Associes (Luxembourg)
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Associate / Law Clerk
  • Bodkin, McCarthy, Sargent & Smith
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2004
  • USC Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Duke Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Settlement (plaintiff shareholders)
  • Settlement
  • Settlement (investor)
  • Settlement of securities fraud, RICO, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty claims against insiders of bankrupt company in which my client had invested.
  • Settlement (investor)
  • Settlement with manager of bankrupt company regarding whether the manager owed my client a debt that was non-dischargeable in the personal bankruptcy of the manager.
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  • The Florida Bar
  • 2020 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell conducts an anonymous peer review rating. AV Preeminent® is a registered mark of ReedElsevierPropertiesInc.
  • 2017
  • BV Distinguished® peer review rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell conducts an anonymous peer review rating. BV® is a registered mark of ReedElsevierPropertiesInc.
  • 2010


  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Valuing a Target's Ability to Compete in the Market
  • 1995
  • Offshore Trusts: The Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business — Special Issue
  • Luxembourg
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Real Estate Investors Association
  • Fair Housing and Premises Liability
  • 2015
  • Arizona Real Estate Investors Association
  • Disclosures in Arizona Real Estate Transactions
  • 2014
  • State Bar of Arizona Real Property Section Luncheon
  • Dangers of Not Having Title or a Bank Trust for Mexican Real Estate
  • 2009
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