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Christopher M. Paolini

Christopher M. Paolini

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Overview

Chris Paolini is a trial attorney who represents financial institutions, loan servicers, receivers, creditors, and landlords in all types of commercial and consumer litigation, including contract and real property disputes, unfair trade practice and lender liability claims, foreclosures, evictions, Uniform Commercial Code matters, and bankruptcies. He has tried jury and non-jury cases to verdict and final judgment.

Chris has proficiency defending federal TCPA, FDCPA, TILA, RESPA, FCRA, and RICO claims, as well as claims brought under state law counterparts. He is also a member of the firm’s consumer finance practice group. 

Chris represents insurers, professional sports franchises, telecommunications companies, municipalities, and other business in commercial disputes and real property matters.

Experience

  • Represented the lender of a $15.0 million loan in a commercial foreclosure involving a failed planned development. Successfully obtained an injunction preventing the borrower from committing waste to the lender’s collateral, an order appointing a receiver to manage the property, a final judgment of foreclosure and an eight-figure deficiency judgment against the guarantors.
  • Represented a major league sports team in connection with its acquisition of real property for the development and construction of a stadium, involving issues with purchase money and secondary construction financing, environmental remediation, and quasi-judicial challenges to the stadium.
  • Represented national banks, state chartered banks, trustees, securitized trusts, and loan servicers in numerous foreclosures and lender liability lawsuits involving TCPA, FDCPA, TILA, RESPA, FCRA, and RICO claims.
  • Represented a property owner in a quiet title dispute involving a series of fraudulently recorded forged deeds and a subsequent conveyance of the property to a third party purchaser. Obtained a final judgment quieting title in favor of the client following trial.
  • Represented the lender and servicer of a $12.1 million commercial loan secured by a retail complex in foreclosure litigation and a subsequent loan workout and payoff transaction with a third party purchaser.
  • Represented a leading national wireless telephone company in a series of breach of contract, intellectual property, and unfair trade lawsuits filed in federal courts throughout Florida, Texas and California. Obtained permanent injunctions and final judgments exceeding $10 million in damages against multiple defendants.
  • Represented the lender of a $1.6 million commercial loan secured by aluminum recycling equipment in a replevin lawsuit. Obtained pre-judgment writ of replevin and final judgment of replevin as to the underlying collateral and negotiated a post-judgment workout with the borrower.
  • Represented the lender and servicer of a $10.4 million loan in a commercial foreclosure involving an apartment complex. Successfully obtained an order appointing a receiver to manage the property and negotiated settlement of the litigation and a sale of property.
  • Represented an insurance broker in a breach of contract action involving the misappropriation of client revenue. Obtained a final judgment recovering all damages at trial for the client.
  • Represented vehicle manufacturers in numerous manufacturing and design defect cases throughout Florida.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • American Bar Association 
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Orange County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • “Through the Gate of Local Government,” Association of Corporate Counsel Central Florida (ACC) Presentation, Orlando, FL (February 15, 2018)
  • "Who You Gonna Call? Compliance Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)," Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Florida Chapter (April 12, 2017)

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D., with honors, 2003)
    • Chester H. Ferguson Scholar
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Economics, with distinction, 1998)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern , Virgil Hawkins Clinic (Spring 2003)

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