Christopher G. Frey was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. He moved to Clearwater, Florida with his parents, two brothers and two sisters where he attended and graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic High School, and has resided in the Tampa Bay for nearly three decades. Chris lived in Pinellas County until he relocated to New Port Richey, Florida with his own family. Chris has long been involved in many professional, personal and charitable organizations including Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Pasco-Hernando Hospice, and BNI. Chris has served as legal counsel for many members of the United School Employees of Pasco. Chris is active in Inns of Court in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando Counties, and the American, Florida, East and West Pasco, Hernando and Clearwater Bar Associations. Mr. Frey has been an advocate for education for both advanced and special-needs students and has served on three School Advisory Councils. He is an avid fan of sports and the fine arts, has coached youth soccer and football, and has been a “dance dad” for his children who have won numerous local and national awards in various disciplines.
Mr. Frey is an accomplished and zealous advocate who has tried in excess of 200 jury trials, with an overwhelming number of trial victories and acquittals. Chris is a legal author who has been published in the Stetson Law Review, the Florida Bar Journal, and numerous online legal websites. His writings have been referenced by state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, as well as various professional journals and legal periodicals including the Harvard Law Review, the United States Department of Justice, Westlaw, and the National Institute on Scholarly Archives. Mr. Frey has taught trial advocacy to law students and young lawyers, and has lectured on the law in various capacities at multiple venues.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
• West Pasco Bar Association, Criminal Law Section (Past Chairman)
• Clearwater Bar Association
• U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1995
• U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995
• The Florida Bar 1989
• Trinity Elementary School Advisory Comm. (SAC) (Chairman)
• Seven Springs Middle School SAC
• Rotary Club of Trinity
• Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
• National Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers
• Barney Masterson Inn of Court (Past Member)
• American Bar Association (Member)
• Affiliated Contributing Author of the National Center for Prosecution Ethics
• Stetson College of Law Review
• Affiliation with the National Institute of Justice Research
• Affiliation with the U.S. Department of Justice
• “The Imposition of Strict Civil Liability on a Media Defendant for Publication of Truthful, Lawfully Obtained Information,” 18 Stetson L. Rev. 1990246. WESTLAW, Periodicals, 18 STETLR 119
• “Domestic Physical Abuse: A Proposed Use for Evidence of Specific Similar Acts in Criminal Prosecution to Corroborate Victim Testimony” (Co-Author), FLA Bar J. at 57-61, October, 1994
• “The State v. The Self-Represented: A Florida Prosecutor’s Concerns When Litigating Against a Pro Se Defendant in a Criminal Trial”, 29 Stetson L. Rev. 181-93, Summer, 1999
• Stetson Law Review
• The Florida Bar Journal
• Numerous articles on carlsonmeissner.com
Intern – Mark Ober at the Hillsborough County State Attorney
Intern – Holland & Knight’s media law department
Clerk – George Rahdert, Esq. and the St. Petersburg Times.
Law clerk – 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 Disabilities Act. The case became nationally renown as the “AIDS” case. The motion picture “Philidelphia” starring Tom Hanks is founded in this court decision.
Law clerk – The Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 208 (1989) which ascended to the legal pinnacle of United States Supreme Court.
Chris participated in the preparation of merit and jurisdictional briefs and shared the rare opportunity of attending oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court. His first published article in the Stetson Law Review was about this case.
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