Tampa, Florida

Chris M. Givens

Chris M. Givens, Esq.

Partner

Chris Givens - Givens Givens Sparks

A lifelong Tampa resident, Chris Givens and his family have close ties to the local community. In his role as a Partner at Givens Givens Sparks, he helps lead the firm’s divorce and family law practice.

Chris earned his bachelor’s in Political Science (with Honors) from the University of Florida, studied law at Boston University School of Law, and obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Florida State University College of Law. While in Tallahassee, Chris worked in a civil litigation firm and FSU's Criminal Justice Program, where he tried 5 jury trials as a law student.

Following law school, Chris began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida, where he tried a multitude of felonies and misdemeanors. Chris left the State Attorney's Office to join the firm of Knox and Givens, where he represented clients in cases involving family law and domestic violence, as well as civil litigation and criminal defense.

Recognized as a top up-and-comer in the legal community, Chris has been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list of Rising Starsâ„  for 7 consecutive years. (2013-2019). This selection is based on peer evaluations and other criteria indicative of talented, top young lawyers, and is a distinction earned by no more than 2.5% of attorneys in the entire state.

At Givens Givens Sparks, Chris has achieved substantial results for his family law clients, and leverages his breadth of experience to provide meaningful, personalized counsel and representation – both in and out of the courtroom. Chris’ areas of practice focus exclusively on divorce, property division, alimony, child custody and visitation, domestic violence, and other matters of family law.

Chris is an active member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa, Florida.

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Quick Facts About Chris Givens

Education

  • University of Florida - Bachelor of Sciences, Political Science - 1999
  • Florida State University College of Law - Juris Doctorate - 2003

Bar Admissions

  • State Courts of Florida

Selected Honors & Memberships

  • Named "Nation's Top One Percent" 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Named to Super Lawyers® "Rising Starsâ„ " (2013-2019)
  • Member, Florida Bar Association
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Justice Association
  • Member, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters
  • Member, Family Law Inn of Tampa
  • Member, Hillsborough County Family Law Executive Counsel

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Experience & Advocacy

  • Assistant State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit – 2003-2005
  • Knox & Givens, PA – 2005-2009
  • Givens Givens Sparks – 2009 to present

Publications

  • Co-author, Alimony chapter, Florida Dissolution of Marriage, The Florida State Bar Continuing Legal Education; Seventh Edition (2006), Eighth Edition (2008), Ninth Edition (2009), Tenth Edition (2010)
  • Co-author, Modification of Child Support chapter, Florida Proceedings After Dissolution of Marriage, The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education; Ninth Edition (2009)

Family Law Practice Areas

Personal Injury Practice Areas

Testimonials

  • Chris Givens provided excellent advice and went to great effort to meet my unique scheduling needs.

  • The entire firm extended a personal interest in my case from the beginning to the end. My attorney, Chris Givens, created not only this interest but a personal relationship as a genuine friend not only during the course of my case but still continues presently. This creates a total degree of trust from both the client and the attorney.

  • I was very happy with the attention given to me by Chris Givens and his paralegal Peggy. They were very professional and at the same time made me feel comfortable and welcome. I will definitely refer.

  • Givens Givens Sparks will be my first thought if anyone ever asks about a referral to an attorney. Chris Givens and Peggy were not only very professional, but also friendly and helpful, and I truly believe they cared about my case.

  • Chris, Thank you again for your expertise in this matter. I feel very comfortable how everything turned out and I appreciate very much your assistance in making that happen. If ever in the future I need any legal advice I will not hesitate to contact you.