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Stetson University College of Law


CHRISTIAN D. SEARCY is President and CEO of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. For 43 years, he has litigated cases primarily involving catastrophic injury and death in venues throughout Florida, as well as other states. At age 29, he had the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in the United States to achieve a verdict of $1 million for a single personal injury lawsuit.

In 2006, Mr. Searcy was one of only two lawyers in the country to receive the “War Horse Award” from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, honoring his outstanding skill as a trial advocate and his extraordinary contributions to the cause of justice.

In 2005, the Florida Justice Association, formerly known as The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers honored Mr. Searcy with its Perry Nichols Award, the highest honor it bestows, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause of justice.

Mr. Searcy is past President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a worldwide organization limited to just 500 attorneys by invitation only, and is named in The Best Lawyers in America, an independent study by Harvard trained attorneys. He is also recognized in Law and Leading Attorneys, is listed as one of the “legal elite” in Florida Trend magazine, and is named as one of the top lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide. Mr. Searcy has been selected as one of Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Mr. Searcy is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is by invitation only and limits its membership to the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. Mr. Searcy is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Searcy is a member of the International Society of Barristers, which is by invitation only to 500 of the top trial lawyers internationally.

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Bar #: 158298
Admission date to bar: 1973