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Chris S. Coutroulis

Chris S. Coutroulis



Chris Coutroulis handles business and complex litigation matters in a wide range of areas, including antitrust, class actions, mass torts, environmental, professional and accounting malpractice, securities fraud, and insurance coverage. His clients operate in numerous industries. 

Chris has particular experience with class actions, and successfully defending against class certification. He has served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases, including trials on the issue of class certification. Additionally, he has significant experience in antitrust cases. He has handled many of these cases through trial and binding arbitration on behalf of clients including credit card companies; professional sports leagues; and insurance, automotive, and energy companies. 

Chris previously served as leader of the Business Litigation and Antitrust practices.



Antitrust Litigation

  • Nat'l Bancard Corp. (NaBanco) v. VISA U.S.A. Inc., 596 F. Supp. 1231 (S.D. Fla. 1984), aff'd, 779 F.2d 592 (11th Cir. 1986).
  • Henry v. Chloride, Inc., 809 F.2d 1335 (8th Cir. 1987).
  • In re Agric. Chems. Antitrust Litig., No. 4:94-cv-402016, 1995-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 71,197 (N.D. Fla. 1995) (denying class certification).
  • State ex rel. Atty. Gen. Morales v. Zeneca Inc., No. 3:97-cv-01526, 1997-2 Trade Cas. (CCH) ¶ 71,888 (N.D. Tex 1997).
  • Metro. Dade Cty. v. Fla. Power Corp., No. 96-594 (S.D. Fla. June 25, 1998) (unpublished, granting summary judgment in alleged monopolization case).
  • Execu-Tech Bus. Sys., Inc. v. Appleton Papers, Inc., 743 So. 2d 19 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999) (denying class certification).
  • JES Props., Inc. v. USA Equestrian, Inc., 253 F. Supp. 2d 1273 (M.D. Fla. 2003).
  • Gilchrist v. State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co., 390 F.3d 1327 (11th Cir. 2004).
  • Segal v. PEMEX, No. 8:05-cv-2390, 2008 WL 4900257 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 12, 2008).

Business Litigation

  • In re ESM Gov't Sec., Inc., 52 B.R. 372 (S.D. Fla. 1985).
  • Riddle v. Mobil Oil Corp., No. 8:86-cv-01636, 1992 WL 81321 (M.D. Fla. 1992).
  • Wellcare v. AISLIC, 16 So. 3d 904 (Fla. 2d DCA 2009).

Class Action Litigation

  • DeCastro vs. Small Planet, No. 9:14-cv-80033 (S.D. Fla. 2014) (class action involving alleged mislabeling of natural snack foods; case dismissed).
  • Lam v. Gen. Mills, Inc., 859 F. Supp. 2d 1097 (N.D. Cal. 2012) (dismissing in part consumer protection claims challenging labeling of defendant’s fruit snack products; case subsequently resolved with no class certified).
  • Perret v. Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc., 889 F. Supp. 2d 1333 (S.D. Fla. 2012) (order granting motion to dismiss and closing case). 
  • Heretick v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 841 F. Supp. 2d 1247 (M.D. Fla. 2012) (class action involving alleged improper charges at ATMs; order denying motion to remand putative consumer class action removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA); case dismissed).
  • Mills v. Stauffer Chem. Co., No 8:97-cv-01197 (M.D. Fla. May 12, 1999) (unpublished) (denying class certification of putative class of property owners adjacent to Superfund site).
  • Hoyte v. Stauffer Chem. Co., No. 98-3024-CI-7, 2002 WL 31892830 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Nov. 6, 2002).
  • Grimes v. Fairfield Resorts, Inc., No. 6:05-cv-01061 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 27, 2006) (denying class certification of putative class of vacation class holders).
  • Bragg v. Bill Heard Chevrolet, Inc.-Plant City, No. 8:02-cv-00609, 2007 WL 2781105 (M.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Veal v. Crown Auto Dealerships, Inc., No. 8:04-cv-00323, 2007 WL 2700969 (M.D. Fla. 2007).

Multi-District Litigation

  • In re Seroquel Prods. Liab. Litig., 598 F. Supp. 2d 1271 (M.D. Fla. 2009).
  • In re Seroquel Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 6:06-md-01769, 2009 WL 618240 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 12, 2009).
  • In re Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Prods. Liab. Litig., 626 F. Supp. 2d 1346 (J.P.M.L. June 15, 2009).

All Insights


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a "BTI Client Service All-Star" (2017)
  • Selected to the Inaugural Committee of The Florida Bar for Antitrust and Trade Regulation Board Certification
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers (2003-2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2005-2020)
  • Listed in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite (2005, 2007-2009)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2019)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Vertical Restraints Past Chair, Antitrust Section
  • The Florida Bar
    • Antitrust and Trade Regulation Law Certification Committee, Business Law Section
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tampa
  • Master, Cheatwood Inn of Court
  • American Law Institute
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Principal author of the annual Carlton Fields Class Action Survey report

Speaking Engagements

  • “Class Action Survey and Trends,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2017).
  • “Class Action Survey and Recent Developments,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2016).
  • “Class Action Update,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2015).
  • "Presentation of 2013 Class Action Survey," Carlton Fields Class Action Symposium, New York (June 2013).
  • "McCarran-Ferguson Immunity, the Gilchrist Decision and Implications in Other Contexts," ABA Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting (2006) .
  • "High Hurdles in Certifying Indirect Purchaser Class Actions," National CLE Conference, Vail, CO (2000).
  • "Indirect Purchaser Price Fixing Litigation," The Cutting Edge Seminar, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1998).
  • "Dealing with Big Buyers Under the Robinson-Patman Act," ABA Annual Meeting, New Orleans (1994).
  • "Dealer/Franchisee Collaboration," ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (1992).
  • "Fundamentals of Antitrust Law," ABA Spring Meeting, Antitrust Law Section, Washington (1991 and 1992).
  • "Living With the Robinson-Patman Act," Northwestern University Two-Day Antitrust Seminar (1989).
  • "Price-Discrimination," ABA Young Lawyers Division (1989).
  • "Antitrust Developments Under the Robinson-Patman Act," ABA Annual Meeting, Hawaii (1989).
  • "Competitive Injury Under the Robinson-Patman Act," ABA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada (1988).

Pro Bono

  • State v. Ronnie Lee Jones, Florida Supreme Court. Death penalty case, post-trial proceedings, obtained reversal of conviction and death sentence.


  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 1979)
  • Wesleyan University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida State Courts


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