Attorney Christopher J. Schisani was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, before he moved to Naples, Florida with his family. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and earned his Master of Science degree from the University of Central Florida. Upon obtaining his master’s degree, Mr. Schisani decided to pursue his passion of the law. He subsequently moved out to San Diego, California, where he attended his first year of law school. During his first semester he earned the Academic Achievement Award for superior marks in his courses. Additionally, he was invited onto his law school’s Moot Court Honors Board after an extensive interview process and exceeding academic benchmarks. As a member, Mr. Schisani competed in many interscholastic mock trial competitions, which aided in honing his advocacy and trial skills. After realizing that his heart remained in Central Florida, he moved back to Florida and finished his last two years of law school at Barry University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree.
During his law school tenure, Mr. Schisani excelled academically. He earned the highly coveted Book Award—for the highest grade in class—in two courses and was invited onto the prestigious Law Review journal. Membership is generally extended to a limited number of students who are in the top of their class. In addition to working as an editor on Law Review, Mr. Schisani was a Senator for his school’s Student Bar Association and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Being an active member of SBA provided him the opportunity to get students involved in the Central Florida community, as well as allowed him to make a positive impact on those less fortunate. In addition to being extensively involved on campus and in the local community, Mr. Schisani also worked as a legal intern at the Office of the Public Defender in Orange County, Florida. It was this opportunity that fueled his passion for criminal law and advocating for justice.
Mr. Schisani took the Florida Bar Exam in July 2018 and passed on his first attempt. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in September 2018. Soon thereafter, Mr. Schisani commenced his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney at the Office of the State Attorney in Orange County, FL. As a prosecutor he successfully led numerous trials and court proceedings. Before being recruited by the Joshi Law Firm, P.A., Mr. Schisani served as a prosecutor from 2018-2019.
Mr. Schisani joined the high-profile criminal defense law firm Joshi Law Firm, P.A. in June of 2019. He quickly became partner at the law firm in November of 2020. At that time, the law firm transitioned over to Joshi & Schisani Law Firm, P.A.
While at Joshi & Schisani Law, Mr. Schisani accomplished many milestones and received a myriad of accolades. For 2021, The American Institute of Legal Advocates (AIOLA) selected Mr. Schisani as an "Elite Advocate" in the field of criminal law, and therefore, considers him one of the best legal advocates in the United States of America. Membership is only extended to those attorneys who demonstrate leadership, superior qualifications in their field, and trial results in their state. Less than 1% of all attorneys will be invited to be a member of AIOLA.
Further, Mr. Schisani earned the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award in 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively. He is considered a "Top Attorney" on Avvo--with a 10 Avvo rating. This is the highest numerical rating an attorney can receive.
Additionally, Mr. Schisani was selected and received the Elite Lawyer award for 2021, which recognizes exceptional attorneys that demonstrate a high degree of skill and success in their respective practice areas.
In 2020, Mr. Schisani was selected and joined the American Institute of Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. Attorneys selected for membership exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney--and must meet stringent qualifications as a criminal trial attorney. Less than .03% of all lawyers will be selected to become a member of the American Institute of Trial Lawyers. Additionally, the American Institute of Trial Lawyers selected Mr. Schisani as a Litigator of the Year for 2021. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.
Additionally, in 2020, Mr. Schisani was selected and joined The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the state of Florida. Only a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region receive invitations to join this exclusive organization regulated by objective and uniformly applied standards. Due to his continued legal efforts, he was extended membership again in 2021.
In 2020, The National Alliance of Attorneys (NAOA) nominated and selected Mr. Schisani as an "Attorney of the Year" in the field of Criminal Law. Said organization is committed to advocating for attorneys with the highest legal standards in each state. Membership is only extended to attorneys who demonstrate leadership, superior qualifications in their field, and trial results in their state. Less than 1% of all attorneys will be invited to be a member of NAOA. Thus, Mr. Schisani is considered a top legal advocate in the field of Criminal Law.
Orlando Style Magazine voted Mr. Schisani as one of Orlando's "Attorneys of the Year" in 2019, 2020, and 2021, respectively.
After roughly two and half years at Joshi & Schisani Law, Mr. Schisani decided to take on the exciting challenge of starting his own law firm. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and having a business degree from Florida State University, this was a personal objective and passion Mr. Schisani aspired to accomplish one day—having his own business. Thus, in October of 2021, the Schisani Law Firm, P.A. was established.
Mr. Schisani has handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases in the great state of Florida. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Schisani brings his knowledge from the other side of the law to methodically dissect and analyze the unique facts of each case to find the best possible defense and ultimately get the best result for his clients. He prides himself in putting the client first and providing personalized representation. Therefore, he strives to keep each client fully informed with their case and makes himself available as much as possible, including after hours and weekends. Mr. Schisani believes a successful defense team is one that is aggressive, strategic, hardworking, and with the client in mind. He strongly believes he demonstrates all those characteristics, and attributes that to his firm’s successes.
Mr. Schisani is a proud member of The Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, and the Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
If you have any questions or want to set up a free consultation, please e-mail Mr. Schisani at [email protected] or call the Schisani Law Firm, P.A. at 239-248-7630.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2018||10/11/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Elite Lawyer||Elite Lawyers of America||2020|
|Top 40 Under 40||American Institute of Trial Lawyers||2020|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2020|
|Partner||Joshi & Schisani Law Firm, P.A.||2019 - Present|
|Assistant State Attorney||Office Of The State Attorney, 9th Circuit||2018 - 2019|
|Legal Intern||Office Of The Public Defender, 9th Circuit||2017 - 2017|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2020 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||2018 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|Barry Law Review||Volume 23, Issue 2 (2018) A Half-Century of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code||2018|
|Barry Law Review||Volume 23, Issue 1 (2017) Fall 2017||2017|
|Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2018|
|University of Central Florida||MS - Master of Science||2014|
|Florida State University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2012|
|State of Florida v. D.W.||Not guilty on Armed Burglary of a Dwelling; not guilty on all three counts of Agg. Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon; guilty on lesser Tamp. w/ a Witness; guilty on Vio. of PTR Condition on DV Case. All other charges dropped.|
|State of Florida v. M.P.R.||Nolle Prosequi (charges dropped)|
|State of Florida v. R.R.||No Information (State did not file formal charges).|
|State of Florida v. K.R.||No Information (State did not file formal charges).|
|State of Florida v. R.P.||Nolle Prosequi (charges dropped)|
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