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Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court
District of Colorado
Chad was born and raised in Pinellas County and went to East Lake High School. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Minnesota Bar, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
While in law school, Chad was a member of Stetson’s #1 nationally ranked Mock Trial Team. He was a finalist in the 2014 American Association of Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the 2014 National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles. Towards the end of his Trial Team career, he was selected as the sole Trial Team member to represent Stetson at the prestigious Top Gun Mock Trial Competition at Baylor University in Waco, TX in 2015. For demonstrating excellence through his performance in intercollegiate mock trial competitions, Chad was the recipient of the Ralph Harris Ferrell Competition Award and was inducted into the National Order of Barristers.
Prior to graduating with his joint Juris Doctorate and the very rarely awarded post-doctoral Master of Laws (LL.M) in Advocacy degrees from Stetson University College of Law, Chad received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. After working as a financial professional with AXA Advisors, LLC, obtaining his Insurance, Series 7, Series 66 securities licenses, he later earned an M.B.A. from the University of Tampa, where he was elected President of the UT Graduate School student body.
While at Stetson, Chad also served as a teaching assistant for the Honorable David A. Demers (6th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida) in Trial Advocacy. He also interned with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR Florida), where he focused on protecting the civil liberties of the American Muslim community and other minorities.
His 2018 $7.6 million jury verdict in a premises liability case has been ranked by Top Verdict as the largest amount for all 2018 Dangerous Condition jury verdicts in the State of Florida.
At 18 years of age he earned his 3rd degree black belt in Isshinryu karate, making him the youngest Isshinryu 3rd degree in North America. He competed in numerous state, national, and international Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF) sanctioned events, won multiple State, National and Junior Olympic Championships, and had twice represented the United States Olympic Committee abroad in world competitions, including winning a bronze medal in Santiago, Chile at the Pan Am Games.
In his spare time Chad enjoys boxing at Clearwater Boxing Center, watching Tampa Bay Lightning hockey, and spending time with his wife, Lillian, and their rescue dog, Kingsley.
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