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Christina M. Paul

Partner
+1.305.539.3316
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Christina M. Paul is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group with emphasis on Complex Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, and Maritime matters. Ms. Paul’s clients include business entities in the recreational marine, hospitality, and transportation industries. Ms. Paul represents clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations. She has been admitted to practice in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina.

In her recreational marine practice, she represents manufacturers and retailers in various matters including warranty claim disputes, product liability claims, product recalls, dealer/customer disputes, manufacturing quality and regulation compliance, and sales contract disputes.  Her clients include recreational boat and engine manufacturers and retailers selling products domestically and internationally. On behalf of her clients she works with regulatory agencies in the marine industry, including the U.S. Coast Guard and local policing authorities.

In her maritime practice, she represents financial institutions and private companies in admiralty actions to collect unpaid dockage and charter fees. She has also handled LOLA and DOSHA claims.

In her hospitality practice, she assists clients in contract disputes, insurance matters, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance. She advises on various matters involving disputes arising from contract cancellations.

In her transportation practice, she represents a publicly traded transportation company in a variety of personal injury and property damage disputes. In this capacity, she has successfully litigated claims involving multi-million dollar damages resulting from catastrophic injuries.

Ms. Paul has been recognized as a standout by her peers in publications including: Florida Legal Elite, Florida Super Lawyers, and South Florida Legal Guide. She also is an AV® Preeminent- rated lawyer ˗ the highest available rating given by Martindale Hubble for legal ability and professional ethics. Since 2013, she has served as the Vice Chairman of the Boating Industry Risk Management Council (“BIRMC”) where she has been a member since 2010. She was re-elected to another term as Vice Chairman in 2016. BIRMC is a National Marine Manufacturers Association (“NMMA”) committee dedicated to promoting boating safety and is comprised of various members in the recreational boating industry. In 2017, Ms. Paul was elected to serve as a board member of the American Boat and Yacht Council (“ABYC”), and she continues to be K&L Gates’ representative member of the NMMA.

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

  • Martindale Hubbell AV® Preeminent- rated lawyer
  • Florida Legal Elite: 2016
  • 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
  • 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

  • Board of Directors Member, American Boat and Yacht Council
  • Vice Chairman, Boating Industry Risk Management Council
  • Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Committee
  • National Marine Manufacturers Association 
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, American Boat and Yacht Council Marine Law Symposium, Charleston, South Carolina, January 2017
  • Speaker, American Boat and Yacht Council Regional Marine Training Seminar, Port Jefferson, New York, April 2016
  • Speaker, “Navigating Expert Discovery,” Knox Marine Seminar, Dania Beach, Florida, February 2015
  • Speaker, “BIRMC Record Retention Guidelines,” National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Nashville, Tennessee, December, 2013
  • Speaker, “Marine Product Liability and Warranty Litigation,” International Association of Marine Investigators, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, February, 2013
  • Speaker, “Marine Product Liability and Warranty Litigation, How We Remain Strong in the Wake of Fault-Finding Consumer Expectations,” International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference, (IBEX) Louisville, Kentucky, October, 2012
  • Speaker, “A Survey of Trends in Product Liability and Warranty Law,” Knox Marine Seminar, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February, 2012

Additional Information

Published Cases

  • Elton Scatliffe v. Mercury Marine Prods. & Servs., et al., 206 So.3d 714, Case No. 3D15-2781 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 2, 2016).
  • 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 9, 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 5, 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
  • Lead trial counsel in obtaining full judgment damages in excess of $900,000 for the benefit of a manufacturer of recreational products against its former distributor.
  • Lead trial counsel in defense of a recreational engine manufacturer in a breach of marine contract involving multi-million-dollar damages.
  • Lead trial counsel in defense of breach of contract claims involving recreational boat builder.
  • Lead trial counsel in arbitration proceeding involving a provider of comprehensive damage coverage for wireless customers.
  • Lead trial counsel in defense of medical equipment manufacturer against claims of personal injury
  • Trial counsel in defense of product liability claims against a recreational boat builder seeking $50 million in damages following catastrophic personal injuries.
  • Trial counsel for Third Party Defendant in Class Action involving E15 gasoline effects on recreational marine engines.
  • Trial counsel for personal watercraft manufacturer defending claim of product defect based on the text of an on-product warning label
  • Trial counsel for international distributor and servicing company of marine diesel engines against claims of deceptive and unfair trade practices and breach of contract.
  • Obtained final summary judgment (and attorneys’ fees) for recreational engine manufacturer against claims of breach of warranty, fraud and violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The lower court’s ruling was affirmed on appeal. 
  • Obtained final summary judgment for recreational boat manufacturer in case alleging design defect.
  • Obtained final summary judgment in a products liability lawsuit against a personal watercraft manufacturer alleging design defect based on the text contained in an industry adopted uniform 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 that the Plaintiff committed fraud.