Christopher J. DeLorenzo is an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Mr. DeLorenzo is a civil litigation lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He focuses his practice on medical malpractice, health care defense related claims, administrative, and regulatory matters. He has represented physicians, healthcare practitioners, acute and long-term care institutions in arbitration, mediation, trial, and appeal on claims of negligence or alleged elder abuse. His experience includes handling professional liability defense and licensure actions in administrative and regulatory hearings.
Mr. De Lorenzo's practice includes representing individuals, private businesses, public entities, municipalities, county governments, and Indian tribes. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts in a wide range of subject matter areas at the administrative, trial, and appellate level.
Mr. DeLorenzo's experience includes serving as lead counsel in numerous cases involving personal injury, board of director liability, civil rights claims including employment discrimination, constitutional tort section 1983 cases, Title VII, ADEA, and ADA, premises liability and negligent security claims, wrongful death matters, condominium conversion, insurance defense, first-party property and third-party liability claims, professional malpractice and attorney and auditor malpractice.
Before moving to Florida in 2000, Mr. DeLorenzo practiced federal Indian law representing Indian tribes in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The work he did for tribes includes complex federal litigation in natural resource matters primarily on water, mining, and hydro-power generation, Clean Water Act and CERCLA cases, jurisdictional disputes, and Indian gaming. He was also tasked with drafting resolutions and ordinances for tribal codes including employment rights ordinances, ordinances governing childcare facilities, zoning and land use ordinances and natural resource management plans.
After moving to Florida, Mr. DeLorenzo spent several years in the litigation department at the Palm Beach County Attorney's Office, defending the County in state and federal employment discrimination, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and Section 1983 cases, public purchasing disputes, personal injury, and code enforcement prosecution. He left the County in 2003 to enter private practice.
Mr. DeLorenzo received his Juris Doctor in 1991 from the University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley.
He is licensed to practice law in Florida and is admitted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
- Taylor v. City of Port St. Lucie et al.
United States District Court Southern District of Florida. Prevailed on Motion for Summary Judgment in ADA claim.
- Environmental Control Systems v. Alpha General Services, et al.
Prevailed at Circuit Court Palm Beach County after four-day evidentiary hearing. Court declined to certify Plaintiff Class in class action product liability claims regarding design and manufacture of septic tanks involving up to 10 thousand plaintiffs and 50 million dollars in exposure.
- Remensnyder v. Live Nation Touring Inc., & Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young et al.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Obtained defense ruling at summary judgment in personal injury case where plaintiff alleged negligent security for serious injuries sustained while being removed from the venue after charging the stage and relieving Neil Young of his microphone.
- Cooper v. City of Port St. Lucie, et al.
Circuit Court St. Lucie County. Council member challenging management of retirement benefits and administration of Florida Retirement account and City Retirement Plan. Second Motion to Dismiss granted with prejudice.
- First Coast Cardiovascular v. Aschi.
Circuit Court Duval County. Defamation claim. Motion for Summary Judgment granted on declaratory action on duty to defend and indemnify.
- Speziale v. City of Port St. Lucie, et al.
Circuit Court St. Lucie County. No Cause Determination EEOC/FCHR regarding discrimination in hiring claims. Case voluntarily dismissed just prior to hearing on administrative appeal before DOAH.
- Robinson v. City of Port St. Lucie.
Circuit Court St. Lucie County. Federal court dismissal of section 1983 claims on 12(b) (6) motion. Administrative dismissal/no cause finding on sex and age discrimination claims. Three state court dismissals on motions to dismiss state law claims.
- Transparency for Florida, Inc. v. City of Port St. Lucie.
Circuit Court St. Lucie County. Motion for Summary Judgment granted on Sunshine Act claims against the City Council members.
- Perez v. Velazquez, Buffalo Farms, Bellevue Properties, et al.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Prevailed for Defendant Buffalo Farms in wrongful death matter. Suit was dismissed on motion arguing lack of personal jurisdiction.
- Gomez v. Au Lau & Associates, et al.
Circuit Court Broward County. Old Dominion Insurance Company Motion for Final Summary Judgment granted in declaratory judgment action regarding duty to defend and indemnify.
- Jeffrey Sprauer v. Town of Jupiter, City of Stuart et al.
United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit.
United States District Court Southern District of Florida. Prevailed for Defendant City of Stuart in Section 1983 claim through 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss. Authored Brief and preserved order of dismissal on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluding the matter with finality.
- Dyezra Trottie et al. v. Oshkosh Truck Corporation et al.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Prevailed for Defendant at summary judgment in wrongful death claim.
- Tamaya Williams v. City of Port St. Lucie.
EEOC Miami District Office. Obtained a no cause determination following submission of brief on the law and facts to the EEOC regarding charge of sexual harassment in the workplace.
- Palm Beach Polo, Inc. v. Southfields of Palm Beach Polo and Country Club Homeowners Association et al.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Obtained defense verdict in jury trial regarding alleged breach of fiduciary duty by individual members of Board of Directors in land use case.
- Grand Bay at Oak Harbour Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Oak Harbour Maintenance Association.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Prevailed for Defendant Association through two motions to dismiss before resolving matter with finality by negotiating minor equitable relief as opposed to money damages.
- Alvarado v. Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire et al.
Case No. 041197CA20, Circuit Court Miami-Dade County. Prevailed for Defendant at summary judgment in wrongful death/defective tire case.
- Tracey Strong et al. v. Board of County Commissioners for St. Lucie County et al.
United States District Court Southern District of Florida. Prevailed for Defendant Board of County Commissioners in class action Eighth Amendment Section 1983 case involving prison overcrowding and issues collateral thereto. Defeated motion to certify class, then defeated bulk individual claims through summary judgment and accepted a voluntary dismissal of remaining claims by Plaintiff's counsel.
- Aaron Turner v. Christ Fellowship Church, Inc.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Prevailed for Defendant Church at summary judgment in defamation suit.
- David Ceglio as Personal Representative of the Estate of Paul Ceglio v. James and Sabrina Fantin, the Town of Tequesta et al.
United States District Court Southern District of Florida. Prevailed at summary judgment for Defendant homeowner in civil rights/wrongful death claim based on "Castle Law" doctrine.
- Paul McDonald v. Yacht Harbor Property Owners Association et al.
Circuit Court Palm Beach County. Prevailed on motion for summary judgment for Defendant Board of Director members sued in individual capacity for breach of trust and defamation.
Areas of Practice
- Automotive Liability
- Civil Litigation
- General Litigation
- Governmental Liability Defense
- Insurance and Insurers
- Labor and Employment
- Land Use and Zoning
- Medical Malpractice Defense
- Nursing Homes
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Malpractice Defense
University of Colorado School of Law, J.D. (1991)
University of California, Berkeley, B.A. (1983)