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  • About Christopher Benjamin
    Christopher Benjamin is Of Counsel with International Law Partners, LLP. and a panelist with the ADR firm of Salmon & Dulberg. As a general litigation attorney, arbitrator, mediator, special magistrate, real estate broker and title agent, Christopher has represented hundreds of individuals and companies in the general aspects of law commonly engaged by the average person and their business pursuits. In addition to his law practice of over 20yrs, Mr. Benjamin has been a certified mediator and arbitrator for 15 years and in 2010 he was appointed as a Hearing Officer in the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Traffic Division where he served with excellence until 2020. For over a decade, Christopher has served as a Special Magistrate of code enforcement for cities throughout South Florida. He has also been an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) since 2009. In 2020 (and again in 2022), Christopher was elected to the Florida House of Representatives to represent the people of District 107. Christopher has been the jurist in deciding thousands of legal disputes in a wide variety of legal matters for over fifteen (15) years. Christopher is a Martindale-Hubbell rated “AV Preeminent Attorney,” and he has been recognized by his peers in Florida Trend Magazine, Super Lawyers Magazine, South Florida Legal Guide, and US News and World Report (online directory) as an outstanding attorney in his area of general litigation. Christopher is also admitted to practice in all the federal courts within Florida’s jurisdiction (including Bankruptcy Courts) and the United States Supreme Court. Christopher’s activities in the community included but were not limited to appointments on the Nuisance Abatement Board for City of Miami Gardens, Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights, Miami-Dade County Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, Miami-Dade County Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, Miami-Dade County School Board Attendance & Boundary Advisory Committee and Miami-Dade County School Board Secure Our Future Advisory Committee. In addition to his various professional memberships, Christopher has chaired the Miami-Dade Bar’s Juvenile Committee and Co-Chaired the Solo and Small Firm Division. Christopher has been the president of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (formerly known as the Black Lawyers Association) and the Florida Muslim Bar Association. As a jurist, Christopher has been reported to have an excellent temperament and whose rulings have been fair, balanced, thoughtful and just. Christopher presides with patience, empathy and respect for those who come before him and he has a case management style that is effective and efficient. Christopher is a veteran of the United States Army (Desert Storm) and the son of Southern Americans and Caribbean immigrants. He is Zakiyyah Shakir-Benjamin's husband and father of Amir, Layla, Aaliyah and Jannah.
  • Fraternities in which Christopher Benjamin is a member.
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Life Member FL Statewide Organization - State Counselor (2002-2004) Region One Representative (2000-2002) Sigma Alpha Chapter Vice Basileus {Vice President} (2002-2005) 7th District Scholarship Committee Chair (2018-2019) FL Statewide Organization - Scholarship Committee Chair (2018-2019) 18th Undergraduate Representative to the Supreme Council (1998-2000) 2nd Vice 7th District Representative (1997-1998) 2nd Vice State Representative - FL Statewide Organization (1996-1997) Kappa Gamma Chapter Basileus {President} (1996-1998) F&AM (South Miami #308) AASR (Valley of Miami) AAOMS (Mahi Shriner) R.A.M. and R.&S.M. (Jericho Chp. 11 & Adoniram Cncl. 10) OES (Lakeside #271) Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Inc.
  • Classes Taught
    Adjunct Professor, NSU’s Shepard Broad School of Law Adjunct Professor, Florida Memorial University, Business and Criminal Law Adjunct Professor, City College, Business Law, Criminal Law, Torts and Contracts Adjunct Professor, Miami-Dade College, Title Insurance Agent and Notary Attorney Trainer, Miami-Dade Teen Court, Attorney Basic Skills and Knowledge
  • Professional Honors and Awards
    South Florida Legal Guide: Top Attorney (2019 and 2020) America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators (2019) US News & World Report (Best Lawyers – FL) Online Lawyers Directory Marquis Who’s Who in the World (2018) Dade County Bar Association: Legal Luminary (2017 Finalist: Top Solo) Dade County Bar Association: Legal Luminary (2016 Finalist: Marital Law) Florida Trend Magazine: Legal Elite World Wide Registry of Experts National Association of Distinguished Counsel; Top 1% (2015 Invitation) Best Attorneys of America (2015 Invitation) National Black Lawyers; Top 100 (2015-2023 Invitation) Martindale Hubbell: Client Distinction Award 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County: General Magistrate Nominee World Wide Registry of Professionals and Executives Marquis Who’s Who in American Law 18th Edition and 19th Edition Listed in ALM’s Legal Leaders: South Florida’s Top Rated Attorneys (2012) South Florida Business Journal: 40 under 40 (2012) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in Miami-Dade (2012) National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 (2012 and 2013 Invitation) Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2012 and 2013 Martindale Hubbell: AV Preeminent Attorney 2011-2023 AVVO.com: Attorney rating of Superb International Historical Society: Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs 2007 Put Something Back Program: Outstanding Pro Bono Award
  • Community Honors and Awards
    Exquizite Management Inc.; FECAG: Most Inspiring Male 2019 Miami’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Business Leaders of 2018 JM Family Enterprises; African American Achievers (2018 Nominee) UNCF/National Alumni Council: 2017 Hall of Honor Award Trayvon Martin Foundation: 2016 Father of the Year Honoree Bme Leadership Award (2016 nominee) Brown Girls, Inc.; Outstanding Greek Alumni of Florida Memorial University Miami-Dade County Charmettes; Man of the Year: Civic Honoree (2015) JM Family Enterprises; African American Achievers: (2015 Nominee) Marquis Who’s Who in America 67th Edition and 68th Edition Legacy Magazine: South Florida’s 40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow (2012) Florida Memorial University: President’s Fountain of Excellence UNCF/National Alumni Council: Outstanding Young Alumni
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    Florida Bar: Civil Law Rules of Procedure Committee Family Law Rules Committee Consumer Protection Committee Miami-Dade Bar (f/k/a Dade County Bar Association): Solo/Small Firm Co-Chairman (2012-2013) Juvenile Court Committee Chairman (2009-2010) Florida Muslim Bar Association: President: 2011-2012 Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (f/k/a Black Lawyers Association): President: 2009-2010 National Association of Hearing Officials Florida Association of Professional Mediators
  • Government Appointments
    State of Florida State of Florida Local Advocacy Council Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Quasi-Judicial 11th Judicial Circuit, County Court Traffic Hearing Officer City of North Miami Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) City of Opa Locka Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) City of Hallandale Beach Special Magistrate (Red Light Camera) City of South Bay Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) County Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee Miami-Dade County Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust Miami-Dade County Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights School Board Miami-Dade County School Board Attendance & Boundary Advisory Committee Miami-Dade County School Board Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair) Miami-Dade County School Board Secure Our Future Advisory Committee Municipal (City) City of Miami Gardens’ Nuisance Abatement Board (Co-Chairman) City of Opa Locka Ad Hoc City Attorney Search Committee (Chairman)
  • Pro Bono/Community Service Activities
    Pro Bono/Community Service Activities: Guardian Ad Litem Put Something Back (Miami-Dade Legal Aid Society) Lawyers for Children of America Volunteer Lawyers Project for the Southern District of Florida Miami-Dade County Mock Trial Competition (volunteer judge) Jessup International Moot Court Competition (volunteer judge) Justice Teaching Program Miami-Dade Teen Court (volunteer judge) William Dandy Middle School (Law Magnate Program sponsor/mentor) 5000 Role Models (Mentor) DCS Mentoring Program (Mentor)
  • Community Based Organizations
    ​N.A.A.C.P. Miami-Dade Branch: Vice President/General Counsel Legal Redress Committee Chairman 100 Black Men of South Florida: Collegiate 100 Advisor (FMU)​ James E. Scott Community Association (J.E.S.C.A.): Board of Directors Miami-Dade Chapter of Sickle Cell of America: General Counsel Florida Memorial University National Alumni Association: General Counsel Keep Miami Beautiful, Inc. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc: Chairman of Board of Directors Portraits of Empowerment Foundation: Vice-Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Bar Admissions
    Florida Bar Supreme Court of the United States of America U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Affiliations
    Salmon & Dulberg, Dispute Resolution - Mediator, Arbitrator, and Windstorm Umpire Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Education
    ​ St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida, 2001, Juris Doctorate Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Florida, 1998, Bachelor of Arts
  • Licenses and Certifications
    ​ Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator (County, Family, and Circuit Civil) Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator Florida Real Estate Broker Florida Notary Public
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