Douglas G. Christy

Senior Attorney

Additional Location:
Sarasota

DCHRISTY@beckerlawyers.com

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Practices

Credentials

    Education

      • Florida State University, J.D. 2005
      • New College of Florida, B.A. 2000

    Bar Admissions

      • Florida

    Court Admissions

      • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Perspectives

Bio

Douglas G. Christy concentrates his practice on community association law, primarily representing condominium associations and homeowners’ associations throughout Southwest Florida including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. As General Counsel for commercial property owners associations and community associations, Mr. Christy:

  • Drafts governing documents and amendments thereto;
  • Dispenses legal and practical advice regarding day to day disputes between community associations, owners, developers and governmental entities;
  • Prepares contracts, addendums and modifications and assists in contractual negotiation and contractual dispute resolution;
  • Gives legal advice regarding requirements of the governing documents and the laws regarding elections, financial operations, insurance, assessment collection and maintenance, repair and replacement; and
  • Prepares clients for elections and meetings of the Board/members.

Mr. Christy also assists commercial property owners associations and community association clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation concerning covenant enforcement disputes, collections, mortgage foreclosures and other claims.

During his final semester of law school, Mr. Christy worked in the Florida Senate as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Gwen Margolis, monitoring and analyzing ongoing budget and other legislative issues before several committees on which Senator Margolis served.

EXPERIENCE

  • Drafts governing documents and amendments thereto;
  • Dispenses legal and practical advice regarding day to day disputes between community associations, owners, developers and governmental entities;
  • Prepares contracts, addendums and modifications and assists in contractual negotiation and contractual dispute resolution;
  • Gives legal advice regarding requirements of the governing documents and the laws regarding elections, financial operations, insurance, assessment collection and maintenance, repair and replacement; and
  • Prepares clients for elections and meetings of the Board/members.

RECOGNITION

  • Recognized as a “Rising Star,” by Florida Super Lawyers, 2015-2018

PROFESSIONAL / COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Mr. Christy is an active member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and its Condominium and Planned Development Committee. Mr. Christy also serves on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and is the Co-Chair of the Publications (Florida Bar Journal) Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Christy was also selected for the Fellowship Program of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar for a two-year term from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Christy is a frequent lecturer on community association law and at continuing legal education courses on the topics of collection of assessments, effective covenant enforcement and covenant preservation. Mr. Christy is also a member of the Community Associations Institute.

Mr. Christy, who resides in Sarasota, currently serves as Chair of the City of Sarasota Nuisance Abatement Board and was appointed by the City of Sarasota in October, 2017, to serve as its representative on the Citizen Advisory Council for Public School Facility Planning. He previously served on the Sarasota County Historical Commission.

In his free time, Mr. Christy enjoys baseball, Florida history, and traveling with his wife.