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Christopher S. Knopik is Chief Trial Counsel for the Laser Spine Institute. He previously founded and managed Knopik Deskins Law Group, a small firm of trial lawyers in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Knopik is experienced in medical negligence litigation, personal injury litigation, products liability litigation, and commercial litigation, in state and federal courts. Although Mr. Knopik's current practice is primarily limited to the representation the Laser Spine Institute, he previously as national trial counsel for one of the world's largest product manufacturers and as defense trial counsel for three of Florida’s largest electric utilities.

            Mr. Knopik graduated from the University of Virginia Law School and then served as law clerk to the Honorable William Terrell Hodges, then Chief Federal Judge for the Middle District of Florida. He is admitted to the bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and the bar of the State of Florida. He is active in the Hillsborough County Bar Association (Publication Committee 2009-2010); Liberty Bell Award Committee 2006-2008; Program Chair 2005-2006; Past Chair, Trial Lawyers Section), The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section Executive Council (2004-2010,  2013 - present); Past Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education; Past Chair, Civil Trial Certification Committee), the American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President; Discovery Abuse Committee 2012 – present; Professionalism and Civility Seminar Committee 2009 – present; Awards Committee 2011 - present); the Tampa Bay Federal Bar Association (Past President), The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Crystal EAGLE Award), and numerous other professional associations. The Chief Judge of United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida appointed him to the Merit Selection Panel (2001) regarding the selection of United States Magistrates and to the Grievance Committee for the Tampa/Fort Myers Division (2005 - 2011), and the Chief Judge of Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit appointed him to the Judicial Rotation Committee (2001) regarding the evaluation of policies governing judicial assignments.

            Mr. Knopik has been continuously Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the Florida Bar since 1991 and is also certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Mr. Knopik is also certified as a Civil Trial Pretrial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He regularly receives recognition in “best of” categories for lawyers. Mr. Knopik is the 2004 recipient of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Michael A. Fogarty “In the Trenches” Award recognizing excellence and integrity in the practice of civil trial law. He was recognized by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as the recipient of the George C. Carr Memorial Award for 2012, presented for excellence in federal practice and exceptional service to the federal bar. Mr. Knopik has authored numerous articles on legal issues and made many presentations on legal subjects during his career.

            Mr. Knopik is also active in areas outside the practice of law. He is involved in the community, serving as a member of Leadership Florida (Class XVIII) and as the President (2005-2010) and a founding member of the Board of Directors of Warrick Dunn Charities. He previously served as a Big Brother in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hillsborough County, Florida from 1984 until 1995, as a member of the Operational Oversight Committee of the Metropolitan YMCA of Hillsborough County (2003-2005), and as a member of the YMCA’s Board of Directors (1989-2003). Mr. Knopik has four children, Kyle, Ora Rae, Ruby, and Samuel.

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