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Christian Lee Gonzalez-Rivera is an Associate in our Tampa and Miami offices. A member of our Appellate and First-Party Coverage Groups, his practice focuses on Property Coverage and Appeals.

Before joining Butler, he worked as the senior Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Fleur J. Lobree at Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal, where he managed and recommended the disposition of approximately two hundred appeals and original proceedings.

Christian graduated in the top 5% of his class, obtained the highest grade in a dozen courses and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. During law school, he interned with the Honorable Spencer Levine at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, the Honorable Barry Seltzer at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the Honorable Lisa Walsh at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County. Christian also served as Vice-President of the International Moot Court Team, winning a Top Oralist Award at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, Southern Regional (2018). As a student, he published several law review articles, variously focused on legal hermeneutics, philosophy, statutory reform, and the impact of international law on American jurisprudence.

Christian currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Thomas University’s College of Law, teaching Appellate Advocacy, as well as Coach to the Moot Court Team in international arbitration competitions. He has also remained active with his alma mater as a member of the Young Lawyers Division Council, an alumni board dedicated to advising on student bar exam passage and networking needs. Christian also serves on several Florida Bar committees, including the Florida Bar Journal’s Editorial Board, and is an active member of various local bar and other professional associations.

Admissions

  • Florida

Education

  • St. Thomas University, College of Law
    Juris Doctor
  • St. Thomas University, College of Law,
    Certificate in Intercultural Human Rights
  • University of Vermont
    Certificate of Graduate Studies in Greek and Latin Languages
  • University of Puerto Rico
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Philosophy

Memberships

  • Florida Bar Sections/Committees:
    The Florida Bar Journal, Editorial Board, Member (2020-2023)
    Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee, Member (2020-2021)
    Education Law Committee, Member (2020-2021)
    Appellate Practice Section, Member (2020-2021); City, County & Local Gov’t. Law Section, Member (2020-2021); Int’l Law Section, Member (2020-2021)
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Sections/Committees:
    Young Lawyers Section, Member (2020-2021);
  • American Bar Association Sections/Committees:
    Young Lawyers Section, Member (2019-2021)
  • St. Thomas University, College of Law, Young Lawyers Division Council, Member (2019-2021)
  • Governmental and Public Policy Advocacy Committee, Member (2020-2021; 2021-202)
  • Education Law Committee, Member (2020-2021; 2021-2022)

Courts

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida Supreme Court

Experiences

  • Metal Products Company, LLC v. Ohio Security Ins. Co., 2022 WL 104618 (11th Cir. Jan. 11, 2022) (affirming summary judgment)

  • Cresthaven-Ashley Master Ass’n, Inc. v. Empire Indem. Ins. Co., 2022 WL 873998 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 24, 2022) (dismissing suit on eve of trial for lack of Article III standing)

Publications

  • Christian Lee Gonzalez-Rivera & Pablo Caceres, Feasible or Futile? Interlocutory Appeals from Federal Orders Compelling Insurance Appraisal, The Brief Case Vol. 1, Issue 4 (June 2022).

  • Christian Lee Gonzalez-Rivera & Hudson Jones, Diversity Jurisdiction: Remove Your Case form State to Federal Court, and Keep it There, 2022 FDLA Florida Liability Claims Conference, Disney’s Boardwalk (June 17, 2022).

  • Christian Lee Gonzalez-Rivera, Appellate Court Holds Entitlement to Fees and Costs Award Under Section 768.79 Does Not Require Defendant’s Settlement Offer Exclusive of Fees to Specify Amount of Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Fees Excluded

Media

Diversity Jurisdiction: Remove Your Case from State to Federal Court, and Keep It There

Join Partner Hudson Jones and Associate Christian Gonzalez-Rivera as they present for the 2022 FDLA Florida Liability Claims Conference at Disney's BoardWalk Inn on June 15-17, 2022. The presentation will provide an analysis of three critical opportunities for defense counsel who wants to remove a case from state to federal court based on diversity jurisdiction....

Appellate Court Holds Entitlement to Fees and Costs Award Under Section 768.79 Does Not Require Defendant’s Settlement Offer Exclusive of Fees to Specify Amount of Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Fees Excluded

Few things play a more sizable factor in litigation than attorney’s fees. They incentivize suing as much as they do settling. The prospect of liability for the other side’s fees is a long shadow cast by every case, whether it basks in the sun of contract, tort, or loftier constitutional law. In Safepoint Insurance Company v. Williams, 3D19-2196 (Fla. 3d DCA Nov. 10, 2021), the Third District ...

Welcome Wednesday | April 2021

We extend a warm welcome to Aimee Nielsen, Christian Gonzalez-Rivera and Kaley Dreyer, the newest members to join our Butler family! Click their pictures to learn more....

Christian Gonzalez-Rivera