Tampa Business And Insurance Litigation Lawyers
At Tampa-based Barker | Cook, our attorneys provide innovative, creative solutions to our clients' most complex legal issues. For more than 20 years, citizens and businesses nationwide have turned to our lawyers for help during business, employment, civil rights, and personal injury disputes. Providing Innovative Legal Solutions To Individuals And Businesses At Barker | Cook, our attorneys have a broad spectrum of legal knowledge. By pooling our diverse talents, we craft innovative, effective solutions that help clients overcome today's legal hurdles and set the groundwork for future success. We put clients first. Our attorneys provide each and every client with the personal attention he or she needs and the dignity and respect he or she deserves. Working together, we develop unique legal solutions specifically tailored to solving our clients' most complex legal issues. Business Law, Employment Law And Personal Injury Attorneys We lend greater insight to our clients. Our firm represents individuals, businesses, employers, insurance companies and their policyholders. Because we understand each party's position and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each party's case, we are able to better counsel our clients as to the inner workings of their claims. Businesses turn to our firm when they need innovative solutions to their most complex business disputes. Through thoughtful examination, diligent investigation and creative problem solving, we help our business clients overcome their legal hurdles while positioning themselves to take advantage of future opportunities. Employees and employers trust our firm to protect their interests during a wide range of employment and civil rights disputes, including discrimination and harassment claims, contractual issues surrounding non-compete agreements, trade secret disputes, and wage and hour disputes. We also represent injured victims as well as insurance companies during personal injury litigation. Drawing on our inside knowledge, we help clients find the best solution for their legal challenge. Chris A. Barker is a certified civil mediator. Under his guidance, he is able to bring parties together using mediation to obtain out-of-court solutions that help litigants resolve their legal disputes in an effective, efficient manner. Contact our Tampa business and insurance litigation attorneys today at 813-489-1001.
501 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 790
Tampa FL 33602
Tampa Business Litigation Lawyers
At Barker | Cook, we provide the help our clients need, and the personalized attention and service they deserve. Located in Tampa, our lawyers have successfully helped clients find creative solutions to their most complex business disputes for more than 20 years. Providing Comprehensive Legal Representation To Florida's Businesses The lawyers at Barker | Cook, provide a broad spectrum of legal services to businesses nationwide. Our attorneys have the experience and skills necessary to successfully represent clients in everything from contract drafting and negotiation to complex business litigation. When one party breaches, or fails to fulfill its terms under a contract, business litigation can ensue. General business torts such as fraudulent representations and actions that interfere with business relations are also common grounds for litigation. Shareholder and partnership disputes often lead to lengthy and expensive litigation, and sometimes the dissolution of the business. At Barker | Cook, we help our business clients obtain efficient resolutions of their business disputes. By seeking creative solutions, we help clients preserve company assets and business relationships so they can overcome current business disputes and lay the groundwork for future growth and success. Federal business regulations are complex, and compliance can often be difficult. At Barker | Cook, we represent businesses during federal administrative actions, help them resolve compliance issues and keep their business licenses. Barker | Cook, also represents clients involved in commercial real estate disputes and securities litigation, and individuals, businesses and insurance companies during insurance disputes. Shareholder And Securities Class-Action Attorneys One individual can effect great change. At Barker | Cook, we make sure our clients' voices are heard. While an individual shareholder or investor's claim may be too minor to litigate on its own, when multiplied across a company or industry, the infraction may become an important and significant piece of litigation. By joining together with similarly situated shareholders and investors, individuals can help effect company and industry-wide change. At Barker | Cook, we investigate shareholder and investor claims to determine whether the injuries are the result of an improper company-wide policy. If so, we help clients file class-action lawsuits that force industries to take notice. If you are involved in a business dispute, contact the Tampa business litigation attorneys of Barker | Cook, at 813-489-1001 today.
Chris A. Barker, was born in Sheffield, Alabama, on July 24, 1965. He has been a member of the Bar of the State of Alabama since 1990, and Florida since 1991. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida; and, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama. Mr. Barker has also been certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator, and is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.
Mr. Barker has significant trial experience involving both jury and bench trials as well as arbitration proceedings. He has tried over 100 cases in federal, state and workers' compensation courts and has written and presented oral argument in both state and federal appellate courts. He handles many different types of matters including commercial and business litigation, employment law discrimination and compliance, premises liability, personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and class actions. Mr. Barker has been awarded the highest possible rating of "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent, national directory of attorneys, and he has been selected as a member of Florida Super Lawyers in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Employment and Labor Law.
Mr. Barker was graduated from Birmingham-Southern College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1987) and the University of Alabama (J.D., 1990), where he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Barker has been listed in Who's Who in American Law; and in Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He was Editor-In-Chief of The Column-Legal Newspaper, 1989-1990 and Associate Editor, The Law and Psychology Review, 1988-1990. He is a Co-Author of Florida Practice Handbook, Damages, Volumes 1 and 2, 1990, current supplement; Florida Practice Handbook, Settlement and Release, Contribution Indemnity with Forms, 1991, current supplement; Florida Practice Handbook, Workers' Compensation With Forms, Volumes 1 and 2, 1995, current supplement; and Survey of State Class Action Law, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 1999, and current supplement. This last publication is now included in the leading treatise on class action law, Newberg on Class Actions.
Mr. Barker has lectured on numerous topics including employment rights, law enforcement, personal injury settlements and ethical claims adjusting. He was also certified as an Instructor for Workers' Compensation Adjusters by the Florida Department of Insurance in 1999. Mr. Barker also serves as an expert witness in both state and federal courts regarding issues of attorneys' fees.
Mr. Barker is licensed by the state bars of Florida and Alabama and is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Barker is also a member of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, an organization comprised of hundreds of CEOs from all over the Tampa Bay area, and has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Council. Mr. Barker is also a member of the Tampa Club and the Tampa Bay Society.
In April of 2008, Mr. Barker was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, which assists the Governor in selecting qualified judges. He served a 4 year term through 2012.
Areas of Practice
Commercial and Business Litigation
Real Estate and Commercial Leases
Securities Arbitration and Litigation