Christopher Horton is an associate in Smith Currie’s Fort Lauderdale office. Chris concentrates his practice in the area of construction law. Chris represents construction, design, and engineering clients in state and federal courts, litigation, arbitration, and mediation throughout the State of Florida. He is also experienced in the preparation and negotiation of design and construction contracts. Chris advises clients regarding public and private procurement, alternative project delivery, construction licensing, and administrative matters.
Chris received his juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. He received several merit-based scholarships, and was elected by his peers to serve as the managing editor of the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review. While in law school, he served as a judicial intern to the Honorable John J. O’Sullivan, United States Magistrate Judge, gaining valuable perspective and experience in the federal court. Chris attended Jacksonville University and graduated cum laude with a degree in History and Political Science. For three years he was the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville University football team. Chris brings those same leadership skills and ability to work as a key team member to Smith Currie.
Honors and Awards
•Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014-2019
Articles & Publications
•Understanding How to Effectively Communicate via Email for Construction Projects, For Construction Pros, October 2018
•Does the Miller Act Trump Subcontract Dispute Provisions? AGC Law in Brief, Volume 4, Issue 4, July, 2018
•Co-Author, Damages in Construction Litigation, The Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, December 2016
•OSHA Changes Bring Increased Penalties and Risk of Criminal Prosecution, AGC Law in Brief, December 2016
•The UBS/IRS Settlement Agreement and Cayman Island Hedge Funds, 41 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 357 (2010).
•Does the Miller Act Trump Subcontract Dispute Provisions?, Common Sense Contract Law (May 9, 2018)
•Share the Pain-New Approaches to Allocating Damages Caused by Concurrent Delays, Common Sense Contract Law (April 4, 2017)
•OSHA Changes Bring Increased Penalties and Risk of Criminal Prosecution, Common Sense Contract Law (October 26, 2016)
•Contractor License Renewal Course - May 10 & 11, 2018 - Coconut Creek, FL
•Webinar: Mitigating Risks Associated with Differing Site Conditions - March 8, 2017
•Represented the owner in the preparation of a construction contract between the owner and contractor and an architectural agreement between owner and architect in connection with the design and construction of a high-rise hotel.
•Represented multiple owners in preparation of AIA contracts between the owner and architect for the construction of high-rise condominiums.
•Drafted and negotiated numerous subcontracts with general contractors on behalf of subcontractors.
•Acting as in-house counsel to a solar subcontractor, handling contract negotiation and formation, employment disputes and any litigation matters.
•Prior to Smith Currie, represented numerous health care organizations in a wide array of matters.