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A. Christopher Kasten II

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1801 North Highland Ave
Tampa, Florida 33602
T: 813.204.6402
F: 813.223.9620

Chris Kasten is a commercial trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience in representing large and small commercial clients at the trial and appellate levels. His litigation practice includes commercial and contract matters, non-compete agreements, business disputes, shareholder/corporate disputes, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and complex commercial collection matters, including proceedings supplementary and fraudulent conveyance actions.  Mr. Kasten has successfully tried numerous jury trials and non-jury trials in circuit and county courts throughout the state of Florida.  Mr. Kasten has successfully filed suit against several foreign governments in the Caribbean and Europe, during his representation of Tampa General Hospital, and has been involved in numerous other international collection matters in the Caribbean, Central America and Europe on behalf of the John Deere Company.  Mr. Kasten currently serves as outside counsel for The John Deere Company for matters arising throughout Florida.  Mr. Kasten’s clients include a number of banks in the Tampa Bay area and he provides representation in special assets matters as well as banking operations under Article 3 and 4, ACH and electronic funds transfer issues.  He is a longtime supporter and member of the Florida Banking Association.  He also represents many medium and small business clients on general business matters as well as litigation matters.

Mr. Kasten has been a Florida Certified Civil Mediator since 2007, and is a member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators. He mediates business disputes, including contract warranties, trade secrets, commissions, buy/sell agreements and non-compete agreements.

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section

The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section and Business Law Section

Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Northern, Middle and Southern Districts Bankruptcy Bar Associations

Florida Academy of Professional Mediators

Florida Banking Association

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™

Tampa Bay Magazine 2010 Top Lawyers in Banking Law

Master in the Ferguson-White American Inn of Court, 2003-2011; awarded the 2004-2005 Mentor of the Year Award

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, by Martindale-Hubbell®

Representative Matters

Mr. Kasten serves as regional outside counsel for John Deere Company and represents General Electric Capital Corporation, The Bank of Tampa, BMO Harris Bank, Bay Cities Bank, and Platinum Bank.

Personal

Mr. Kasten was born in Spangler, Pennsylvania and raised as the son of a career naval officer, living in many different places in the United States and Europe. Mr. Kasten served on active duty as an officer in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1979 to 1985 in the Panama Canal Zone and West Germany and with the United States Army Reserves and the Georgia National Guard from 1985 to 1992.

Education

Mercer University, J.D., 1988

  • Jessup Cup International Moot Court Team

Mercer University, B.A., 1979

Bar and Court Admissions

Florida

United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

United Stated District Court for the Southern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Court of Federal Claims