Mr. Cobb is a member of and has served or serves on various committees, boards of directors and holds officer positions in many professional and trade organizations, including but not limited to:
Mr. Cobb has also served as a regular lecturer at The University of North Florida, Florida Coastal School of Law, the University of Florida Rinker School of Construction and The Florida Bar on topics relative to the practice of construction law. Mr. Cobb periodically serves as a guest speaker at various construction, real estate and business industry conferences or trade association meetings.
Obtained settlement of $8,600,000 for condominium association in class action alleging construction defects, design defects, building code violations and violations of condominium statute. Four-year litigation dealt with intricate claims against contractors, architects, developer, successor developer, repair contractor and repair design professional. The parties were involved in extensive motion practice, depositions of over 25 corporate executives, experts and board members and the exchange of 700,000 plus pages of documents.
Represented large national general contractor in defending construction lien, payment bond and delay claim on assisted living facility in Miami, Florida from specialty structural subcontractor. 2 week arbitration proceeding addressed improper construction licensure issues, dispute on contract balance, delays and change orders in excess of $1,000,000.00.
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“2021 Condominium and Construction Law Legislative Update” First Service Residential quarterly CAM meeting, July 2021
“Construction Licensing in Florida,” Southeastern Builders Conference, July 2021.
Christopher Cobb is a co-founder of Cobb & Gonzalez and serves as the firm’s managing partner. Mr. Cobb practices in the areas of construction law, community association law, business litigation and real estate litigation. Mr. Cobb achieved expert status in construction law by The Florida Bar as a Board Certified Construction Attorney in 2009. For many years, construction companies, community associations and businesses have turned to Mr. Cobb for guidance concerning their legal and operational needs. Both construction and community associations are governed by highly technical laws, rules and issues and Mr. Cobb has the unique ability to sift through the details to develop practical and realistic options for his clients to address their concerns and achieve their company objectives.
In 2012, Mr. Cobb was appointed by The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, to the Construction Industry Licensing Board. The CILB is the quasi-judicial board that governs the construction industry in Florida. In 2017, he was voted by his peers to serve as the youngest chairman in the history of the CILB and is also the first Division II consumer member to ascend to the chair position. Mr. Cobb continues his construction licensing work by representing contractors, construction design professionals and individuals with applications for initial licensure, additional business qualification, disciplinary cases, petitions for declaratory statements and Florida Homeowner Recovery fund claims. He also provides expert consulting and witness services for matters involving construction licensure.
Mr. Cobb has extensive experience handling a variety of construction claims (defects and liens), community association issues and business disputes. He specializes in handling complex construction defect and payment matters and community association matters with a special emphasis in large condominium defect cases. His vast construction litigation experience involves issues with, roof design, building envelope, water intrusion, window installation, stucco failures, construction means and methods, mechanical equipment, structural steel and steel fabrication, framing and drywall, concrete, design defects and construction standards of care. In his community association and business litigation practice, Mr. Cobb handles all aspects of community association operations and governance including vendor contract review, covenant enforcement, community document drafting and revision, assessment collection, condominium arbitration’s, breach of contract, defamation, fiduciary relationship, injunctions, fraud and other related business and community association disputes. Mr. Cobb is AV® rated by Martindale Hubbell, recognized by his peers as having the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability. Between 2018 and 2021, he has been honored by “The Best Lawyers in America” for his work in construction and real estate law.
Mr. Cobb has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer in Construction Law for 2009-2019. He was honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal by being selected as one of Jacksonville’s “Top 40 Under 40” for 2010 and selected as an “Ultimate Attorney” for 2017. Additionally, in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015, Mr. Cobb was named by 904 Magazine as one of Jacksonville’s Top Attorneys. Mr. Cobb has authored numerous articles on Construction Law, including a Florida Bar Journal article on venue in construction disputes and is a contributing author to the Florida Construction Law and Practice publication from the Florida Bar. He lectures extensively on Construction Law, Construction Licensing and Community Association Law to national trade associations, universities and continuing legal education seminars.
Originally from Pompano Beach, Florida, Mr. Cobb moved to Jacksonville in 1993 to obtain his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida, where he studied Literature. He then graduated with his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law where he served on the school’s moot court team and as a staff editor for the law review. During law school, Mr. Cobb was signed as a non-drafted free agent for the Montreal Expos International Baseball Organization and took a leave of absence from law school to play professional baseball.
Mr. Cobb resides in St. Augustine with his lovely wife, Joy, and their two daughters, Charlotte and Madison. In his free time, he enjoys inshore fishing, hiking, hunting, golf, swimming and spending time with his family around a nice fire.