Christine L. Derr

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tampa, FL

Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.
 | 100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-223-5421
Fax: 813-223-6127
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Christine L. Derr is a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law. While Ms. Derr is recognized as a skilled litigator, she is equally adept at fashioning creative, mutually beneficial resolutions in mediation and through her collaborative divorce practice.

    While she is proud of her success in the courtroom, Ms. Derr’s experience has taught her that the most advantageous way to resolve a case is usually at the negotiation table. Ms. Derr believes that the collaborative process is suited for cases where the parties seek a confidential, less contentious solution. Regardless of whether a case is collaborative or contested, Ms. Derr puts the same efforts to analyze each case, get the right answers, and allow clients to make informed decisions. Ms. Derr believes that clients are in the best position to make decisions about their families and finances, and an attorney’s role is to use her training, analysis and experience to help navigate those decisions. Ms. Derr is also a skilled litigator, with extensive trial experience in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk Counties.

    Christine was born in San Francisco, raised in California and has lived in Tampa since 1999. Christine received her B.A. with honors in history from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of Florida. In law school, Christine served as a judicial intern to the late Honorable Alexander L. Paskay. Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus for the Middle District of Florida, and as a research assistant to Professor Barbara Bennett Woodhouse. Christine began her legal career at Harris & Hunt, P.A., formed her own firm, Derr Law Firm for nine years, and then merged her firm to form Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A. in 2018.

    Ms. Derr is active in voluntary bar associations including currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and the Executive Council of the Stann Givens American Family Law Inn of Court. She served as Past Chair of the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Hillsborough County Bar Association Collaborative Law Section. She has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and received professionalism awards from her peers from Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers (2018), and the Theodore Millison Professionalism Award (2013) by the Family Law Inn of Tampa. Ms. Derr has served as a Guardian Ad Litem on dozens of Hillsborough County family law matters. Ms. Derr completed Family Mediation Certification training, has served as a family law mediator, and speaks regularly on family law matters.

    Ms. Derr is active in service and civic organizations including ten years as a volunteer with Lawyers for Literacy. She is an active Rotarian currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Rotary Club of Tampa and serving as Chair of the Rotary Club of Tampa Foundation.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation & Collaborative Law

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2013

    Certificates and Credentials

    Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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    Admitted: 2005, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.harrishuntderr.com/family-law-attorneys/christin...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Research Assistant, Professor Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
    • Top 100: 2018 Florida Super Lawyers
    • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Rising Star, Family Law, Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Top 50: 2018 Women Florida Super Lawyers
    • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2015
    • Theodore Millison Professionalism Award, 2010
    • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2012
    • Leaders in the Law, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2015
    • Ted Millison Professionalism Award, an Annual Award voted on by Peers/Colleagues in the Family Law Inn of Court, 2010
    • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2013
    • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2011
    • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2014

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified in Marital and Family Law, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers' Board of Directors, Past President’s Advisory Council
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Outreach Committee, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2006 - 2007
    • The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, 2005 - 2014
    • Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Court, Secretary, 2014
    • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2013
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Cookbook Committee, 2012
    • President, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2010 - 2011
    • Co-Presenter - Representing Your Client in a Domestic Violence Injunction Hearing, Hillsborough County Bar Association CLE., 2014
    • Chair, Articles Committee, Executive Council, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2009 - 2010
    • Florida Association for Women Lawyers representative for Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2015
    • Treasurer, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
    • Network of Executive Women
    • Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Council, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section 2009-2010
    • Mentoring Committee Co-Chair, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2011-2012
    • Executive Council - Mentoring Committee Chairperson for Tampa Family Law Inn of Court 2010-2014
    • Co-presented (with Jennifer Mockler, Ph.D.) "Serving as a Guardian ad Litem in Family Law Cases" CLE for Hillsborough County Bar Association., 2013
    • Chair, Mentoring Committee, Executive Council, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2009 - 2010
    • Co Chair - Collaborative Law Section - Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2014
    • VP Programs, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2008 - 2009
    • Member, The Tampa Connection, 2010
    • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2005-2014
    • Chairperson -Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section, 2011
    • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers - Director, 2013
    • Collaborative Law Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2013
    • President-Elect, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2010 - 2011
    • Co-Presenter - Using the Guardian ad Litem in Complex Parenting Cases, Hillsborough County Bar Association, CLE , 2014
    • President-Elect, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, 2009 - 2010

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pearl Society Member, Bay Area Legal Services Women's giving circle, 2010-2013
    • Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Tampa
    • Volunteer Attorney, Are You Safe, Inc. (provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence), 2010
    • Board Member, Are You Safe (non-profit benefitting victims of domestic violence), 2012
    • Lawyers for Literacy, Inc. , Volunteer Tutor to 3rd graders, 2007
    • Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., Pro Bono Legal Assistance Provider

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Safety Considerations in a Domestic Violence Case, Continuing Legal Education Course Taught, November 2017
    • Timing is Everything...Or Is It?, Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association, March 2006
    • Why You Should Consider Using a Final Expert, (two-part article co-authored with Kristin DiMeo, CPA), Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association, November 2009 and December 2009
    • Alimony: 2010 and 2011 Revisions to the Statute and Future Trends, Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association, February 2012
    • Cast of Characters: Professionals in a Family Law Case, Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association Lawyer Magazine, 2013
    • Learn to Effectively Use a Guardian Ad Litem in your Family Law Case, Hillsborough County Bar Association Course Taught, October 2016
    • Guardian Ad Litem training seminar, February 2017

    Newsletters:

    • Feb. 2012 Alimony: 2010 and 2011 Revisions to the Statute and Future Trends; Nov. 2009 and Dec. 2009 issues (2 part) What You Should Know About Using a Financial Expert; March 2006 Timing is Everything. . .Or is it?, Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Cast of Characters: Professionals in a Family Law Case (co-written with Richard P. Mockler, Esq), Summer 2013 issue, Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., Honors in History, 1990
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    Office Location for Christine L. Derr

    100 South Ashley Drive
    Suite 300
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Phone: 813-223-5421

    Fax: 813-223-6127

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