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Christina M. Paul

Partner
+1.305.539.3316
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Christina M. Paul is partner in the Products Liability and Commercial Litigation practice groups. Christina’s clients include business entities in the recreational marine, hospitality and transportation industries. She has been admitted to practice in various jurisdictions around the country and serves as coordinating legal counsel for numerous clients.

Christina serves as the Vice Chairman of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council, a National Marine Manufacturers Association (“NMMA”) committee dedicated to promoting boating safety. She is K&L Gates’ representative member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (“ABYC”) and the NMMA.

In 2015, Christina received the prestigious Horizon Award from the ABYC for her proven and continued dedication to the recreational marine industry. Christina has also been recognized by the Daily Business Review as one of the “Top Lawyers under 40” and in the following publications: Florida Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers and South Florida Legal Guide.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mrs. Paul was in private practice in Miami, Florida where she developed extensive experience handling complex product liability litigation.    

Achievements

  • Recipient of 2015 American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Horizon Award
  • Daily Business Review - Top 40 Lawyers Under 40: 2014
  • Florida Legal Elite - Up and Comers: 2013
  • Florida Legal Elite: 2016
  • South Florida Legal Guide - Top Up & Comers: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers - Florida Rising Stars: 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Top Attorneys - Florida’s Outstanding Young Lawyers: 2013

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Boat and Yacht Council
  • Boating Industry Risk Management Council
  • Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Committee
  • Marine Industry Cares Foundation
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, American Boat and Yacht Council Regional Marine Training Seminar, Fort Jefferson, New York, April 2016
  • “Navigating Expert Discovery,” Knox Marine Seminar, Dania Beach, Florida - February 2015
  •  “BIRMC Record Retention Guidelines,” National Marine Manufacturers Association, Nashville, TN - December, 2013
  • “Marine Product Liability and Warranty Litigation,” International Association of Marine Investigators, Isle of Palms, South Carolina - February, 2013
  •  “Marine Product Liability and Warranty Litigation, How We Remain Strong in the Wake of Fault-Finding Consumer Expectations,” International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference, Louisville, KY - October, 2012
  • "A Survey of Trends in Product Liability and Warranty Law," Knox Marine Seminar, Fort. Lauderdale, Florida - February 2012

Additional Information

Published Cases

  • Daytona Tourist Charter Corp. v. Broward Services Ltd., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2012 WL 3042992, S.D.Fla., July 25, 2012 (NO. 12-20221-CIV)
  • Seven Seas Cruises S. De R.L. v. V. Ships Leisure Sam, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2011 WL 772902, S.D.Fla., February 28, 2011 (NO.09-23411-CIV)
  • Thomas v. Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2010 WL 2731416, M.D.Fla., July 09, 2010 (NO. 2:07-CV-73OFTM29SPC)
  • Clear Marine Ventures, Ltd. v. Brunswick Corp., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2010 WL 528477, S.D.FIa., February 11, 2010 (NO. 08-22418-CIV)
  • Thomas v. Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., 682 F.Supp.2d 1297, 2010 WL 326113, M.D.Fla., January 21, 2010 (NO. 207-CV-730-FTM-29SPC)
  • Federal Ins. Co. v. Brunswick Family Boat, Co., Inc., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2007 WL 3286846, M.D.Fla., November 05, 2007 (NO. 8:07-CV-1237-T30MSS)
  • Lady Di Fishing Team, LLC v. Brunswick Corp., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2007 WL 3202715, 2008 A.M.C. 215, M.D.Fla., October 29, 2007 (NO. 307CV402J33TEM)
  • FWF, Inc. v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48953 (S.D. Fla. June 23, 2007)

Pro Hac Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of all claims against a recreational product manufacturer in a class action lawsuit involving the effects of E-10 gasoline on various marine vessels and engines.
  • Successfully defended a recreational product manufacturer at trial involving claim of negligent design based on failure to warn.
  • Successfully defended an international distributor and servicing company of marine diesel engines against claims of deceptive and unfair trade practices and breach of contract.
  • Lead trial counsel in successful defense of breach of marine contract action involving claims for multi-million dollars damages.  
  • Obtained full judgment damages in excess of $900,000 for the benefit of a manufacturer of recreational products against its former distributor.
  • Obtained final summary judgment for recreational product manufacturer in case alleging design defect.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a products liability lawsuit seeking to hold the manufacturer liable for text contained in an industry adopted warning label.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims for lack of personal jurisdiction in lawsuit against a foreign distributing company.
  • Obtained full dismissal with prejudice of claims brought against a division of an American premium cable television network after establishing the Plaintiff committed fraud.