Christopher M. Kise



Christopher M. Kise is an AV®-rated litigation partner concentrating his practice in the areas of major trials and appeals involving complex corporate, environmental, and white collar defense issues. Mr. Kise has argued successfully four cases before the United States Supreme Court and filed briefs in more than a dozen cases before the high court. He has also handled and been involved in dozens of cases before the Florida Supreme Court, and in state and federal appellate courts across the country. His trial and appellate litigation practice extends throughout the United States, representing individuals, private and public corporations, and government entities. In addition to his substantial private sector experience, Mr. Kise served as Florida’s solicitor general (the state’s top litigator), as counsellor to Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and as general counsel to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Transition Team.

Mr. Kise serves as co-chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice and is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practices. He is also a member of the Energy Industry Team.


Mr. Kise held the Richard Ervin Eminent Scholar Chair at the Florida State University College of Law from 2003-2006, teaching courses in Appellate Advocacy and White Collar Criminal Practice.


In recognition of his experience, Mr. Kise has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013.


Mr. Kise is a 1990, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif graduate of the Florida State University College of Law, where he served as managing editor and articles editor of the Law Review. He received his undergraduate business degree in accounting from the University Of Miami in 1986.


Mr. Kise was featured in Influence Magazine's cover article “Lobbying Avengers” (Winter 2016)

Representative Cases

  • Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712 (2018) (argued as counsel of record)
  • Florida v. Georgia, Original No. 142 (2014) (pending)
  • Lawrence v. Florida, 127 S.Ct. 1079 (2007) (argued as counsel of record)
  • Day v. McDonough, 126 S.Ct. 1675 (2006) (argued as counsel of record)
  • Gonzalez v. Crosby, 125 S.Ct. 2641 (2005) (argued as counsel of record)
  • Florida House of Representatives v. Crist, 999 So.2d 601 (2008)
  • Crist, et al v. Holmes, 919 So.2d 392 (Fla. 2006)
  • American Home Assurance Co. v. National R.R. Passenger Corp., 908 So.2d 459 (Fla. 2005)
  • State v. Espindola, 894 So.2d 924 (Fla. 2005)
  • AFL v. Hood, 885 So.2d 373 (Fla. 2004)
  • Florida Dept. of Children & Families v. Sun Sentinel, Inc., 865 So.2d 1278 (Fla. 2004)
  • State v. City of Clearwater, 863 So.2d 149 (Fla. 2003)
  • Sargeant v. Al-Saleh, 137 So.3d 432 (Fla. 4th DCA 2014), rehearing den., (May 5, 2014), rev. den., 157 So.3d 1040 (Fla. 2014)
  • Sargeant v. Al-Saleh, 120 So.3d 86 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013), rev. den., 143 So.3d 921 (Fla. 2014)
  • In re MDL-1824 Tri-State Water Rights Litig., 644 F.3d 1160 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • Florida v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 357 F.Supp.2d 1313 (N.D.Ala. 2005)
  • State v. Tenet Healthcare Corporation, 420 F.Supp.2d 1288 (S.D.Fla. 2005)
  • Virgin Islands Housing Authority v. Coastal General Constr. Services Corp., 27 F.3d 911 (3d Cir. 1994)
  • In re: Paramount Payphones, Inc., 256 B.R. 341 (Bnkr. M.D.Fla. 2000)
  • Arnold D. Palmer v. WDI Systems, Inc., 588 So.2d 1087 (Fla. 5th DCA 1991)

Representative Matters

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Conducted information security and privacy audit for venture capital fund engaging in viatical investing and securitization to determine necessary changes to data management practices, and to identify potential security risks. Conducted a variety of internal interviews and created data management map, and then located and vetted computing services providers to design, build, and implement HIPAA, GLB, Regulation S-P compliant secure systems with additional device-level encryption.
Representation of large public university in First Amendment litigation in Federal court, resulting in voluntary dismissal of claims by plaintiff.
Counseled a major international gaming corporation on Florida gaming law.