Christopher J. “Chris” Anderson had been a licensed attorney since 1984. He began his legal career as a law clerk in the venerable, Los Angeles insurance-defense firm of Hiestand & Brandt in 1981, while still attending Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.
Chris Anderson had graduated UCLA in 1980. He earned his Juris Doctor degree (doctorate in law) from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1984. He continued lawyering in the insurance-defense field of law in southern California until 1992.
In 1992, after more than ten years of southern California insurance defense practice, Chris Anderson relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept a position supervising litigation for the Jacksonville-based Independent Fire Insurance Company. Although the position did not require it, Chris sought and obtained admission to the Florida Bar in 1993.
After Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida, Jacksonville ceased to be a regional “center” of the insurance industry. Chris Anderson accepted a position as a Judicial Staff Attorney with the Florida Fourth Judicial Circuit, assisting the judges with complex insurance and criminal cases.
As much as he enjoyed being a Judicial Staff Attorney, Chris Anderson missed courtroom litigation. Therefore, in 1994, he opened The Law Office of Christopher J. Anderson. The office was initially located in downtown Jacksonville and provided insurance defense services (also known as “P.I. defense” and “personal injury defense” services) as well criminal defense services. The law firm continues to offer these same services today. It is presently located in the “beaches” area of Jacksonville, Florida. It remains a small, efficient and successful “family” business.
The law firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance defense (also known as “B.I. defense and “P.I. defense”) as well criminal defense. The criminal defense half of the firm’s practice includes defense of both adults and juveniles. Cases in which juveniles are charged with crimes are also known as “juvenile delinquency” cases.
Chris Anderson meets the standards for handling death-penalty cases set forth in Rule 3.112 of the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Chris Anderson believes that trial experience –civil or criminal– greatly enhances an attorney’s judgment and negotiating strength in all types of cases.
Chris Anderson believes that every case is important, no matter how large or how small.