Christopher E. Gottfried focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, government enforcement actions, qui tam whistleblower suits, and State and Federal appeals.
Prior to joining O’Quinn Stumphauzer & Sloman, Mr. Gottfried successfully handled several jury trials resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of clients injured by some of the world’s largest companies. In 2014, he recovered one of the top 100 verdicts in the nation through a $28 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for causing his client’s lung cancer. Additionally, Mr. Gottfried has successfully defended multi-million dollar verdicts on appeal.
Mr. Gottfried graduated from the University of Miami, cum laude, and is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida. While at the University of Miami, he was an Articles and Comments Editor for the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review, interned with the Health and Elder Law Clinic and the Medical-Legal Interdisciplinary Clinic, was a Dean’s List student, was the recipient of two Dean’s Achievement Awards, and assisted in the writing of a book on state Medicaid laws. Mr. Gottfried earned his Bachelor of Science with honors in Cell and Developmental Biology at Purdue University. Prior to a career in law, he performed medical research at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, as well as cancer research at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover in Hanover, Germany, through a sponsorship with the American Chemical Society.
Notable Appellate Victories
Sherri Hubbird v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Case No. 12-18904-CA-42 (Fla. 11th Cir. Miami-Dade Co. 2014) (recovered a plaintiff verdict of $28 million)
Taliya Golzar v. G4S Secure Solutions USA, Inc., Case No. 10-60245-CA-15 (Fla. 11th Cir. Miami-Dade Co. 2014) (recovered a plaintiff verdict of $1.2 million)