Christi A. Lawson has first chair experience representing Fortune 100 companies in complex litigation. She handles all aspects of litigation and trial matters and prepares briefs for matters before appellate courts throughout the United States, including the United States Court of Appeals for the various Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, the Consumer Financial Services, Labor & Employment, and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices, as well as the Trade Secret/Noncompete Practice.
Christi maintains a broad-based consumer financial services practice. She has substantial experience litigating claims under and counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state consumer lending laws, including the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, “fair lending,” the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, and other federal and state unfair trade practice and consumer protection laws. In addition, Christi handles regulatory enforcement actions and provides general compliance counseling for lenders (banks and non-banks), servicers, and consumer reporting agencies. Christi’s work with consumer reporting agencies focuses on the resellers and background screening companies and the unique legal and regulatory issues that those companies face.
A member of the firm’s Innovative Technology Sector, Christi provides consumer finance and general consumer protection counseling for businesses desiring to leverage artificial intelligence in their lending, as well as those businesses using tokenization and cryptocurrency. She is also a member of the Firm’s Hospitality & Leisure Industry Team and provides consumer finance and general compliance counseling for vacation ownership projects.
Christi is an adjunct professor for the Florida State University College of Law, where she has taught regulatory compliance and financial privacy for the Juris Doctorate and Juris Master’s programs.
As a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, Christi represents clients regarding the enforcement and defense of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements as well as trade secret enforcement.
Her professional experience includes experience as a tax and audit accountant for the Florida Department of Transportation, working in the accounts receivable and joint participation agreements sections. In law school, Christi was selected for a judicial clerkship with the Florida Supreme Court.
Awards and Recognition
- Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer after being nominated as an outstanding lawyer by her clients as part of Thomson Reuters‘ global research with in-house counsel (2023).
- Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Litigation — Securities (2022-2024).
- Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers — Rising Stars® (2009-2015).
- Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ list (2017).
- Received the ABA Military Pro Bono Project Outstanding Services Award in recognition of the pro bono services she provides to junior-enlisted, active-duty servicemembers (2012).
- Orange County Bar Association
- Florida Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Christi continues to be active in her community. She is currently co-chair for the governing board for Orlando’s chapter of ATHENA PowerLink®, a member of the board of directors of The New Image Youth Center, which aims to improve the lives of inner-city youth by providing an environment where students feel safe to dream, and currently serves as a Trustee and Deacon for her church. Christi also served two terms as chairman of the City of Orlando’s Civil Service Board.