Florida Counsellor To The Governor Returns To Foley

14 January 2008 Media Contact: Jill Chanen News

Christopher Kise Serves as Vice Chair of Firm’s Appellate Practice.

Foley announced today that Christopher Kise has rejoined the firm as vice chair of its national Appellate Practice and as a member of the Litigation Department, White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practice. He is based in the firm’s Tallahassee and Tampa offices.

Kise returns after serving as Counsellor to Florida Governor Charlie Crist. His addition to the firm is part of its strategic plan to recruit high-level industry practitioners and expand the firm’s national litigation practice.

“We are thrilled that Chris is returning to help lead the firm’s national Appellate Practice,” said Jon Wilson, chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “His experience arguing major cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court and various other state and federal courts will be of great value in servicing the firm’s clients in Florida and across the country.”

“Chris is one of the most experienced litigators in Florida, and his return to Foley will provide our clients with a tremendous resource,” said Thomas Maida, office managing partner of the firm’s Tallahassee office.

As Counsellor to Governor Crist, Kise was the chief legal and policy advisor within the administration. He provided advice and leadership and directed the implementation of administration priorities on key statewide issues including automobile and property insurance, energy, transportation, health care, public finance, the environment and climate change. Kise also served more than three years under Governor Crist when he was Attorney General as Florida’s Solicitor General, the state’s top litigator.

Kise has argued successfully three times before the U.S. Supreme Court and filed briefs in more than a dozen cases before the high court. He has handled many significant cases before the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Public Service Commission and led major trial and appellate matters in Florida and throughout the United States. Kise also has held the Richard Ervin Eminent Scholar Chair at the Florida State University College of Law, teaching courses in Appellate Advocacy and White Collar Criminal Practice.

“While I will miss the privilege of serving the people of Florida and Governor Crist, the best governor in America, I am excited about returning to the challenges and opportunities of private practice at Foley,” said Kise.

Kise originally joined Foley after serving as Florida’s Solicitor General under then Attorney General Crist. Following Crist’s election to Governor, Kise served as the deputy executive director of the Crist Transition Team and ultimately joined the administration as Counsellor to the Governor. He also served as executive director of then Attorney General Crist’s Transition Team in 2002.

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