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Christine L. Welstead

Christine L. Welstead

Partner
Phone:305.995.6097
Fax:305.995.6100
A proven trial attorney, Christine Welstead has been lead counsel defending corporations, manufacturers and municipalities sued in state and federal courts throughout Florida for two decades. With more than 20 jury cases tried to verdict, she achieved Board Certification in Civil Trial Law from the Florida Bar in 2012. 

She has considerable experience defending claims involving product liability, personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, civil rights and premises liability. Christine also has experience handling municipal liability and defending cities and elected and appointed officials in all aspects of litigation including questions of sovereign immunity, election contests and tort defense. 

A recognized authority on the topic of negligent security, Christine has advised property owners and security companies in this area since 1999, from initial crisis management, through trials and appeal.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993

Court Admissions

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

Education

  • Tulane University, B.A., 1987
  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1992

Professional Associations

    • International Association of Defense Council
      —Member
    • Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases
      —Member
    • The Florida Bar
      —Member
    • American Bar Association
      —Member

Distinctions

    • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
      —Board Certified in Civil Trial Law

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Speaking Engagements

  • "Avenging Claims Through Effective Use of Social Media from First Report to Jury Selection,” Co-Presenter, ACC South Florida CLE Conference, September 2018
  • “Jury Trials in the Age of Social Media,” The Network of Trial Law Firm’s Litigation Management, Speaker, October 2016
  • “Challenges In-House Counsel Face in Today’s Workplace Environment,” Litigation in a New York Minute – 2016 Edition: A Concentrated Curriculum for In-House Counsel Managing Litigation, Speaker, August 2016

Recent Case Results

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

  • Arce v. The Wackenhut Corp., 146 So. 3d 1236 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Hayek Services, Inc. v. Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., 151 So. 3d 1256 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Arce v. The Wackenhut Corp., 40 So. 3d 813 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)
  • Rosen Building Supplies, Inc. v. Krupa, 927 So. 2d 899 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005)
  • Archdiocese of Detroit v. Green, 899 So.2d 322 (Fla. 3d DCA 2004)
  • CFI Sales and Marketing, Ltd. v. Florida Marlins Baseball, Ltd., 837 So.2d 423 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002)
  • Edwards v. Acadia Realty Trust, Inc., 141 F.Supp.2d 1340 (M.D.Fla. 2001)
  • Casacuberta v. City of Coral Gables, 774 So.2d 21 (Fla. 3d DCA 2001)

Notable Work
  • Product Liability: Represented a consumer products manufacturer in the defense of claims of catastrophic injury due to an “exploding” tire.
  • Product Liability: Represented a ladder manufacturer and retailer from claims of design defect.
  • Wrongful Death: Represented Caribbean hotel sued for wrongful death in Southern District of Florida.
  • Personal Injury: Represented golf course operator in jury trial of claims made by player injured on course by fellow player in case of “golf rage.”
  • Personal Injury: Represented an aviation repair facility from a claim of catastrophic brain injury due to alleged unsafe equipment.
    Civil Rights: Represented police officers in a civil rights case tried before a jury in the Southern District of Florida where Plaintiff claimed use of excessive force.
  • Whistleblower Claims: Represented private security company in Miami-Dade County jury trial against whistleblower claims made by five former employees.