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Christen E. Luikart

Principal

Christen E. LuikartChristen E. Luikart is an experienced litigation attorney and has handled over 60 jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations, including a recent full defense verdict as lead defense counsel. Prior to joining Murphy & Anderson, Mrs. Luikart served as a prosecutor at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville, where she was the lead attorney on a variety of cases. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida and has extensive experience in a variety of jurisdictions nationally, both at the state and federal level. Mrs. Luikart is a litigation principal primarily handling complex product liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation disputes.

Mrs. Luikart attended law school at the University of Florida,

where her strong advocacy and writing skills earned her honors and a position as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing and for appellate advocacy. Additionally, Mrs. Luikart served as a member of the Attorney General Staff for the University of Florida Student Honor Court and as an Ambassador to Law School and the Legal Profession. While in law school, Mrs. Luikart volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House as well as Habitat for Humanity. Her performance in law school, along with her dedication and community involvement, earned her the Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Florida.

Mrs. Luikart has been selected by her peers as a “Florida Trend’s Legal Elite” and previously as an Up and Comer. Mrs. Luikart was also selected by her peers as a Florida Super Lawyer (2017-present) and Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star (2016). She has an “AV Preeminent” rating in the renowned Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, which is reserved for attorneys who have “usually practiced for many years, and [are] recognized for the highest levels of professional excellence.” In 2019, Ms. Luikart received the Unsung Shero and Hero Award from the Women’s Center of Jacksonville for “quietly making a positive difference in the lives of women” in the local community.

Mrs. Luikart is originally from New Port Richey, Florida. She moved to Gainesville and obtained her Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) and Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) degrees at the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship. While at the University of Florida, Mrs. Luikart studied Psychology and Philosophy, authored a double thesis, and earned a high pass on each publication. When she is not working, Mrs. Luikart enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and children.

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2012-2015
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Member – Current Co-Chair and former Vice Chair of the Diversity Committee
  • Florida Bar Association, Member – Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, 2012-2015
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Jacksonville Women's Lawyers Association, Member

      Publications:

      • DRI Best Practices for In House Legal Teams: Partnering with Outside Counsel to Successfully Defend Your Company - 2019
      • The Jacksonville Daily Record, Bar Bulletin More Women than Men Leaving Law 2019
      • The Jacksonville Daily Record, Bar Bulletin – “Diversity Remains a Challenge in Legal Profession” - 2019

      Speaking Engagements:

      • 17th Annual Raymond J. Ehlrich, Jr. Trial Advocacy Seminar - “Voir Dire” - 2020
      • DRI Product Liability Conference - “Best Practices for In House Legal Teams: Partnering with Outside Counsel to Successfully Defend Your Company” - 2019
      • Jacksonville Bar Association Professionalism Conference - “Understanding the Issues. An exploration of how to create and maintain long term careers for women in the law.” - 2019
      • Florida Association of Women Lawyers Summit - “Parental Leave: The Proposed Continuance Rule and Practical Strategies to Make it Work” – 2018

      Civic Organizations & Volunteer Work:

      • Jewish Family & Community Services, Board of Directors Member and Secretary
      • Fourth Circuit of Florida, Mock Trial Judge, 2020
      • Middle District of Florida, High School Essay Contest, Grader
      • Women’s Giving Alliance, Member
      • City Rescue Mission, Volunteer
      • Ronald McDonald House Charity, Volunteer
      • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
      • Family Foundations, Former Board of Directors Member

      Past Employment Positions:

      • Assistant State Attorney, Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida
      • Coker Myers Schickel Sorenson & Green PA, Civil Litigation Firm (Law Clerk)

      Teaching Experience:

      • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research & Writing, University of Florida
      • Teaching Assistant, Appellate Advocacy, University of Florida

      Direct Line: (904) 380-8089
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      Assistant: Jennifer Bunnell
      Phone: (904) 380-8084
      jbunnell@murphyandersonlaw.com

      Areas of Practice:

      • Product Liability
      • Business Litigation
      • Securities & Banking
      • FINRA/SEC/State Regulatory
      • Professional Liability
      • Contracts/Commercial
      • White Collar Criminal
      • Fiduciary & Trust
      • Insurance & Bad Faith
      • Personal Injury
      • Wrongful Death
      • Intellectual Property
      • Employment
      • Real Estate & Developer

      Education:

      • University of Florida College of Law, J.D.
        • Phi Delta Phi, Honors Fraternity
        • Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions to the University of Florida
      • University of Florida, B.A. & B.S. (magna cum laude)

      Admissions:

      • The Florida Bar
      • US District Court, Northern District of Florida
      • US District Court, Middle District of Florida
      • US District Court, Southern District of Florida

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