Christopher Carlyle

Top rated Appellate attorney in Orlando, Florida

The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm
Christopher Carlyle
The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm

Practice Areas: Appellate, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1993

Education: Pepperdine University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm

201 S Orange Ave
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801 Visit website


Christopher V. Carlyle is the owner of The Carlyle Appellate Law Firm, which is located in Orlando and also has offices in Daytona Beach and Leesburg, Florida. He focuses his practice exclusively on appellate litigation and trial support and serves clients in the Orlando area as well as throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Carlyle is an experienced appellate practitioner who has been Board Certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice since 2006. At present, only 217 lawyers in Florida have that certification. Mr. Carlyle has handled many cases in all six of Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Most notably, Mr. Carlyle was involved in Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, 570 U.S. 595 (2013), a groundbreaking decision concerning property rights.

Mr. Carlyle has consistently been named to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite since 2009. Honored for his exemplary work in the appellate field, Mr. Carlyle has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Carlyle also has a 10 out 10 rating on Avvo. He has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer for 17 consecutive years. In 2022 and 2023, he was named as one of the top 50 lawyers in Orlando by Super Lawyers. 

Since 2022, Mr. Carlyle has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando where he teaches Appellate Advocacy.

Mr. Carlyle is active within the Florida Bar and served as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section in 2015-2016. He also served as the Section’s Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Continuing Legal Education Chair, and he continues to serve on the Section's Executive Council. Mr. Carlyle spent six years (2009-2015) on the Florida Bar’s Appellate Rules Committee, including serving as that group’s secretary and parliamentarian. Additionally, he was a member of the Florida Bar's Appellate Certification Committee (2016-2019) where he served as Vice Chair.

Mr. Carlyle was awarded the Florida Justice Association’s S. Victor Tipton Award for Superior Achievement in Legal Writing in 2012. In addition, Mr. Carlyle received the Brevard County Legal Aid Appellate Law Award in 2012. 

Mr. Carlyle earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Pepperdine University School of Law (1993) where he was Associate Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review, and where he was named to the Dean’s List all three years. He received B.A. in political science from San Diego State University (1987). A firm believer in giving back to society, Mr. Carlyle served on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Boys and Girl's Club of Lake and Sumter Counties for over 20 years. He speaks and writes frequently on appellate issues.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Appellate, General Litigation

Focus areas

Appeals, Litigation

  • 90% Appellate
  • 10% General Litigation

First Admitted: 1993, Florida

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Leadership Florida Class XXV, 2007
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Lake County Class, Member, 2000
Educational Background:
  • San Diego State University, B.A., Political Science, 1987
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Pepperdine Law Review, Associate Editor, 1993
  • Trends and Developments in Assisted Reproduction Law and Practice: An Overview for Family Law Practitioners,” presented to the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, Arizona, 2013
  • How to Utilize an Appellate Lawyer in Your Family Law Practice,” presented to the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, Las Vegas, 2014
  • The Art of Objecting: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Preserving Error for Appeal: Closing Arguments,” presented by the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar, Ft. Lauderdale, 2014
  • Comment on Climate Exactions,” Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review presented by the Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C., 2017
  • Appellate Issues in Personal Injury Law,” presented by the Young Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Tampa, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, Former Chair
  • Florida Bar’s Appellate Rules Committee, 2009-2015
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District, 133 S. Ct. 2586, 2013
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice, 2006
  • Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator
  • This award is given by the Florida Justice Association to recognize superior achievement in legal writing., S. Victor Tipton Award for Superior Achievement in Legal Writing, Florida Justice Association, 2012
  • Brevard County Legal Aid Appellate Law Award, Recipients, 2012, Award
  • Dean’s List, 1993, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Florida Super Lawyer, Thomas Reuters
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • AV rated, Martindale Hubbell

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“A superb appellate lawyer”

Office location for Christopher Carlyle

201 S Orange Ave
Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-377-6870


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