Christian W. Waugh
Christian Waugh is Board Certified in Real Estate Law and practices throughout the State of Florida and in federal courts in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Maryland. Christian enjoys being a versatile, generalist practitioner, innovating legal solutions to best fit a client's needs.
Christian’s practice areas include real estate, litigation, probate, appeals, municipal law, and the full range of business law matters, all in state and federal courts. As a part of his generalist practice, he provides counsel to facilitate large-scale commercial transactions, including closings, contracts, and taking major developments from the ground to reality. In the past year, Christian has crafted new solutions for real estate transactions and development based on a client's desire to use cryptocurrency and blockchain-related assets, especially in South Florida. Additionally, Christian has an elections law practice, having participated in several election contests and advised many political candidates and judges on their campaigns.
He also provides litigation services for probate, commercial, real estate, and many other types of cases, including actions related to enforcement by federal agencies such as the SEC, CFTC, FTC, and EPA. In October 2021, Christian prevailed in an election fraud trial overturning an election in Eatonville, Florida. As a trial attorney, Christian has had several dozen trials, mostly jury trials, in both federal and state courts. In the last few years, he has handled a many appeals across Florida's appellate courts, including the Second, Third, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, and the Florida Supreme Court.
Christian and Waugh Grant are able to take any client from the development of a transaction (contracts, POAs, interlocal agreements, large-scale commercial closings) through its tax consequences and into any litigation or related representation that may be necessary, whether in state, federal, trial, or appellate court.
Christian currently is honored to serve as the Town Attorney for Hilliard, Florida; the Town Attorney for Pierson, Florida; an Assistant Town Attorney for Callahan, Florida; and the Special Master for Citrus County, Florida Code Enforcement. Previously, he served as a long-time Member and Vice-Chair of the Fifth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and as a Member of the Orange County Charter Review Commission. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, and several county bar associations, including the Dade County Bar Association.
In 2013, Christian practiced as an associate attorney with a trial and commercial litigation boutique law firm in Coral Gables. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as an associate attorney at a prestigious law firm in Ocala, where he focused on litigation and municipal law. In 2010 and 2011, he served as an appointed Assistant State Attorney in the State Attorney's Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange and Osceola counties.
From 2007 to 2009, Christian was an MBA student at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he focused on international finance. During his time there, he worked in mergers and acquisitions on the Island. He is currently the president of the UF Economics Society Alumni organization.
Christian is conversant in Indonesian and has working knowledge of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He enjoys swimming, writing on political and legal issues, rooting for the Gators and Boston sports teams, and is a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Maitland. He is the proud husband to Mirella and proud father to Ariadne.
- “Public Cost-Shifting and Effects of Individual Court Rules,” Federal Bar Association, Fall 2018
- “Deposition Help?” Florida Bar News, May 2017
- “In Praise of the Oxford Comma,” Florida Bar Journal, May 2017
- “Bar Needs IOTA Reform!,” Florida Bar News, February 2015
- “Florida Bar Needs an Ombudsman,” Florida Bar News, January 2015
- “Expert Witness Testimony Admission Standards,” Florida Bar Journal, November 2014
- “Why Hong Kong Should Matter to Us,” Orlando Sentinel, October 2014
- “How to Make Florida a Trade Winner,” Tampa Bay Times, March 2014