Overview

Christina (Chris) M. Schwing is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office. Ms. Schwing is a commercial trial lawyer who focuses her practice on representing companies in class actions, mass actions and multidistrict litigations (MDLs). She has defended companies in these types of cases in Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, in both state and federal courts. Ms. Schwing has defended numerous multimillion-dollar class actions, including in the areas of energy, product liability, toxic torts and construction defect.

In addition to her class action practice, Ms. Schwing represents healthcare clients in connection with antitrust, false claims investigations, breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims. She also assists and represents healthcare clients with investigations and litigation when faced with data privacy breaches involving protected health information.

Ms. Schwing litigates complex commercial and corporate control fiduciary duty disputes, as well as a full range of business tort actions. She also is experienced in handling product liability, product recall disputes, warranty claims, insurance defense and construction defect matters. Ms. Schwing also has specific experience representing defendants in the energy, healthcare, construction, environmental and transportation industries. Among others, she has represented manufacturers, electric cooperatives, insurers, architects, developers and business owners.

In addition, Ms. Schwing has extensive experience handling e-discovery and technology matters for clients, including a data breach case that involved stolen computer equipment containing protected health information. She assists in the management of collections, review and productions for e-discovery in high-stakes litigation matters and has become a frequent speaker on the topics of data breaches and cyber security.

Representative Environmental and Toxic Tort Engagements

  • Defending clients in high-stakes mass toxic tort cases involving claims of property damage and personal injury caused by environmental contamination
  • Defending clients in class actions involving claims for medical monitoring and property damage resulting from toxic dust and ash
  • Defending a company against a multimillion-dollar Legionnaires' disease claim

Representative Energy Engagements

  • Defending numerous electric cooperatives in class actions concerning patronage capital disputes
  • Filing of amicus curiae brief in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of statewide association in support of decision dismissing a consumer class action
  • Assisting statewide associations and electric cooperatives with respect to legislation impacting electric cooperatives
  • Advising distribution cooperatives, generation and transmission cooperatives (G&Ts) and statewide associations regarding legal issues and best practices, including with respect to governing laws and legal principles, bylaws, operations and patronage capital

Representative Construction Engagements

  • Representing manufacturers and suppliers in construction defect litigation and class actions
  • Representing general contractors, subcontractors and developers in all types of construction related disputes, including issues relating to compliance with building codes and other building regulations and standards
  • Resolving hundreds of claims on behalf of manufacturers and suppliers in the areas of breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud, strict liability and other related matters

Representative Product Liability Engagements

  • Representing large manufacturers of commercial and residential windows and doors in product defect issues
  • Representing product manufacturers in national class action and hundreds of individual property damage claims
  • Representing product manufacturers in connection with catastrophic property and personal injury claims in the United States and other countries

Representative Commercial Engagements

  • Representing transportation clients in connection with contractual and agent disputes
  • Representing commercial clients in multimillion-dollar disputes in the areas of fraud and deceptive and unfair trade practices
  • Defending commercial clients in class actions involving environmental and defective product claims

Representative Healthcare Engagements

  • Defending False Claims Act matters
  • Representing health insurers and HMOs involving Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims
  • Representing companies impacted by data breaches when protected health information is involved
  • Negotiating and litigating disputes between providers and payors
  • Representing healthcare companies in antitrust litigation
  • Representing several major health insurers and individual investigators against claims involving antitrust, conspiracy, fraud, defamation and tortious interference with contract

Ms. Schwing graduated first in her class from the University of Florida with a law degree in December 2004, where she also served on the Florida Law Review.

Credentials

Education
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Florida, B.A., summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • All Federal Courts in Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Memberships
  • Ability Housing of North East Florida, Executive Committee, Secretary, 2005-2009
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Pre-Law Society at the University of North Florida Board of Advisors
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Trial Practice Section
  • Jacksonville Women's Leadership Forum Inc., Immediate Past President and Chairwoman
Honors & Awards
  • Igniting Success and Buzz Media Group, 2019 Top Women Igniting Success Awards & Top Achiever Award
  • Women of Influence, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2016
  • 40 Under 40, Jacksonville Business Journal, 2016
  • Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2015
  • Judge Irving Cypen Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2012
  • Most Valuable Associate Pro Bono Award, 2006

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