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Chris A. Barker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Tampa, FL

Barker | Cook
610 East Zack Street, Suite 505
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-489-1001
Fax: 813-489-1008
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment & Labor: Employer
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Chris A. Barker, a partner in the Florida law firm of Barker & Cook, P.A., has more than two decades of litigation experience in state and federal courtrooms. He has also argued before appellate courts at the state and federal level. Mr. Barker’s primary areas of focus include commercial and business litigation, employment law, real estate law, securities arbitration and litigation, medical malpractice, premises liability, personal injury and products liability on an individual or class action basis.

With a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, Chris A. Barker has subsequently earned admission to practice law before all of the U.S. District Courts of Alabama and Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Barker has garnered the top professional rating of AV-Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. From 2008 to 2012, he served as a member of the state governor's Judicial Nominating Commission for the 13th Judicial Circuit.

Certified as a circuit-civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Mr. Barker is skilled in facilitating effective dispute resolutions outside the courtroom. Additionally, he has co-authored numerous authoritative works, including an American Bar Association publication, “Survey of State Class Action Law,” and two volumes of "Alpert's Florida Practice Handbook, Worker's Compensation with Forms." Mr. Barker brings the benefit of his years of diverse professional experience to each of his clients and cases.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 30%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employer


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

About Chris A. Barker

First Admitted: 1990, Alabama

Professional Webpage:


  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Trial Advocacy Board, Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, National Association of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society
  • Member, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Alabama, 1990
  • Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, Alabama Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Tampa Club
  • Member, Tampa Bay Society

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Mediation: Circuit Civil Mediator, Florida Supreme Court

Educational Background

  • Birmingham Southern College, B.A. in History, Magna Cum Laude - 1987

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Associate Editor, The Law and Psychology Review, 1988 - 1990
  • Co-author, Damages, Vol. 1 & 2 Alpert's Florida Practice Handbook, 1990, Current Supplement
  • Co-author, Settlement and Release, Contribution and Indemnity with Forms, Alpert's Florida Practice Handbook, 1991, Current Supplement
  • Co-author, Workers' Compensation With Forms, Vol. 1 & 2 Alpert's Florida Practice Handbook, 1995, Current Supplement
  • Co-author, Survey of State Class Action Law, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1999, Current Supplement
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Office Location for Chris A. Barker

610 East Zack Street
Suite 505
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-489-1001

Fax: 813-489-1008

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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