Chris Evan Ragano (Tampa, Florida)
Chris Evan Ragano (Tampa, Florida)

Chris Evan Ragano

AV Preeminent

Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

Licensed for 22 years

Serving Tampa, FL (view address)

Chris Evan Ragano

Free initial consultation, Credit cards accepted, Fixed hourly rates

Serving Tampa, FL (view address)

About Chris Evan Ragano

Chris E. Ragano is a third generation Tampa native and the son of prominent attorney Frank Ragano. Frank Ragano was rated one of the top five greatest criminal defense attorneys in history. Chris was born in Miami, Florida and has resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1978. Chris Ragano carries on the family tradition started by his father of helping people by representing them in legal matters – protecting both their families and their rights.

Mr. Ragano practices exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including trial litigation in all areas of custody disputes and complex financial matters. Mr. Ragano received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and his… Read more

Chris E. Ragano is a third generation Tampa native and the son of prominent attorney Frank Ragano. Frank Ragano was rated one of the top five greatest criminal defense attorneys in history. Chris was born in Miami, Florida and has resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1978. Chris Ragano carries on the family tradition started by his father of helping people by representing them in legal matters – protecting both their families and their rights.

Mr. Ragano practices exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including trial litigation in all areas of custody disputes and complex financial matters. Mr. Ragano received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University. He is admitted to practice in the state of Florida and before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Attorney Chris E. Ragano is a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section where he served as past Chair for the Family Law Section and the Family Law Executive Council Committee. He is also a past Chair of the Executive Committee for the Tampa Family Law Inns of Court.

Mr. Ragano is a frequent speaker and lecturer on contested family law litigation. He has previously lectured for The Florida Bar, the National Business Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association (Family Law Section) and Bay Area Legal Services. Such seminars include such topics as Advanced Trial Techniques, Admissibility of Electronic Evidence, Utilizing Expert Witnesses at Trial and Complex Child Custody litigation.

Chris E. Ragano has been featured in the Tampa Tribune discussing the effects of cyber-stalking in contested custody matters. He has written for the Hillsborough County Lawyer Magazine an article titled "The New Parenting Bill: No More Mud Slinging???". This was the first article to discuss the new revisions to the Parenting Bill in Florida. Mr. Ragano provided an overview of how the new Parenting Bill differs from the previous child custody law. Following the release of this article, Mr. Ragano appeared two different times on the local news station Channel 10 to discuss the new Parenting Bill, as well as the recent custody cases that have been litigated under this new law.

As a testament to his craft, Mr. Ragano is the only attorney in the Tampa Bay area to speak at annual seminars geared towards training other practicing attorneys and psychologists on prosecuting and defending all forms of domestic violence injunctions. He is frequently retained by other law firms to step in and handle domestic violence proceedings for their clients. Mr. Ragano was invited to speak at an annual Domestic Violence Task Force Board Meeting to provide updated information on "cyber stalking" as well as domestic violence injunctions.

As a former Public Defender in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Hillsborough County, Mr. Ragano has handled thousands of jury and non-jury trials. He was the lead attorney of the “Domestic Violence" unit. He had perfected his trial skills in this area so much that he was called upon to train other attorneys in the technique for successfully defending false allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse and stalking. Mr. Ragano has been a research consultant for the History Channel and A&E's Biography Channel. He has appeared in several documentaries including "Mouthpiece Voice of the Accused", "Declassified: Godfathers of Havana", "Biography: Santo Trafficante" and "Mafia's Greatest Hits".

Mr. Ragano serves in the “of counsel” capacity for other law firms since 2015. In that capacity, Mr. Ragano is frequently called upon to handle litigated cases for other firms in the areas of child custody cases, complex financial matters, and all final hearings/trials.

Published Works

- Cyber Stalking: The New Frontier, - by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Tampa Bay Luxury Magazine, October, 2010

- So Your Ex is Residing with Someone - Do I Still Need to Pay Alimony, - by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Lawyer Magazine, Hillsborough County Bar Association, July, 2010

- Facebook Adds Fuel to Flames of Divorce, Tampa Tribune, February, 2010

- The New Parenting Bill - Does Mud Slinging Still Exist???, HCBA Lawyer Magazine, September, 2008

Classes/Seminars

- Mafia's Greatest Hits, Season 2: Santo Trafficante, January 20, 2018

- Speaker: Top Mistakes as Family Law Judges See It, Presented by National Business Institute - Tampa, Florida, December 3, 2016

- Speaker: Family Law A to Z, Presented by National Business Institute - Tampa, Florida, December 5, 2014

- Cyber Stalking: The New Frontier, - by Chris E. Ragano, Esq., Tampa Bay Luxury Magazine, October 2010

- Speaker: Live Continuing Mediator Education: Trends in a Changing Environment – “Domestic Violence” – Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida February 18, 2010

- Speaker: Family Law Litigation Techniques - Presented by National Business Institute Tampa, Florida, January 7, 2010

- Speaker: Domestic Violence Update, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, October 14, 2009

- Speaker: Establishment, Delinquency, and Enforcement of Income Deduction Orders, Florida Association of Court Clerks, Tampa, Florida, June 9, 2009

- Speaker: How the Revised Statute 61.13 Effects Child Support, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, January 16, 2009

- Speaker: Annual Domestic Violence Task Force Meeting, Tampa, Florida, January 8, 2009

- Speaker: Enhancing Client Relationships Through Divorce Financial Planning, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, January 7, 2009

- Speaker: The 3 D's - Untangling Dependency, Domestic Violence, and Divorce - Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, September 2008

- Research Consultant, A&E Biography Channel, May 1, 2008

- Speaker: Financial Settlement Strategies for Divorce Client - National Business Institute - Tampa, Florida, June 8, 2007

- Speaker: Child Custody and Shared Parenting, National Business Institute - Tampa, Florida, February 23, 2007

- Speaker: Admissibility of Computer Generated Documents, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, Tampa, Florida 2006

- Research Consultant, Declassified: Godfathers of Havana, History Channel, 2006

- Speaker: Divorce 101: Obtaining The Best Settlement For Your Client In Florida, National Business Institute, Tampa, Florida, 2006

- Speaker: Domestic Violence : An Informative Guide To The Family Law Practitioner, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida , 2005

- Speaker: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - An Informative Guide to Defending and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Injunctions - Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2004

- Speaker: A Roadmap Through Florida Divorce Proceeding - National Business Institute, Tampa, Florida, 2004

- Speaker: Prosecuting and Defending Domestic Violence Injunctions- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, 2003

- Mouthpiece: Voice of the Accused - Frank Ragano, History Channel, 2003

- Speaker: Prosecuting the Respondent in Domestic Violence Cases: A Petitioner's Perspective - Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, Florida, September 15, 2006

- Dale Carnegie Course, Outstanding Performance Awards

Professional Associations and Memberships

- The Florida Bar, Family Law Section/Domestic Violence Committee

- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Chair, Member

- Tampa Family Law Inns of Court, Former Executive Committee Chair, Member

- Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, Member

- Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "F", The Florida Bar, Former Chair

- Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Former Chair

Past Employment Positions

- The Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., Trial Attorney, 2008 - 2014

- Kuske & Ragano, P.A., Trial Attorney, 2006 - 2008

- The Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney, 2005 - 2006

- Escobar, Ramirez & Associates, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney, 2004 - 2005, 2004 - 2005

- The Law Offices of Nancy Hutcheson Harris & Associates, P.A., Senior Associate Attorney, 2001 - 2004

- The Law Offices of Knox & Givens, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2000 - 2001

- Julianne M. Holt, Public Defender - Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Assistant Public Defender, 1996 - 2000

- Roland E. Dahlin II, Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Texas, Certified Legal Intern, 1995 - 1996

Ancillary Businesses

- Legal Analyst for 620 WDAE, Sports Animal the Ron & Ian Show Read less
South Tampa Law Group, P.A.

Areas of Law

  • Marital and Family Law
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
  • Cyber-Stalking

Attorney Reviews

  • 3.3/5.0 3 reviews

Communication

3.0

Responsiveness

2.7

Quality of Service

4.0

Value for Money

3.3
  • Family Law

    Client Review  |  March 26, 2015

    Going into litigation, there were a lot of things I didn't with Attorney Ragano about during the process. In the end, though, the result couldn't have been much better. He clearly knows family law inside and out.

    Going into litigation, there were a lot of things I didn't with Attorney Ragano about during the process. In the end, though, the result couldn't have been much better. He clearly knows family law inside and out. Read less

  • Family Law

    Client Review  |  February 26, 2015

    Attorney Ragano is a knowledgeable and experienced litigator with an excellent support staff.

    Attorney Ragano is a knowledgeable and experienced litigator with an excellent support staff. Read less

  • Family Law

    Client Review  |  June 17, 2010

    Mr. Ragano spoke positive and aggressive during initial communication. But he failed to file documents on time, and some not at all. I received no communication from Mr. Ragano unless I called and insisted that he call me back. He would not call back... Read more

    Mr. Ragano spoke positive and aggressive during initial communication. But he failed to file documents on time, and some not at all. I received no communication from Mr. Ragano unless I called and insisted that he call me back. He would not call back. At one point, I received e-mails indicating that he has a motion prepared and ready to go. Then a week later, I receive word that he wouldn't start working on that very same motion until after I gave him even more money. He knew nothing of my case. Read less


Legal Community Activity & Contributions

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Credentials

Position

Attorney

Admission Details

Admitted in 2000, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
1997, Florida

Law School Attended
South Texas College of Law

Class of 1996
J.D.
Honors: Vice President -Florida Law Students Association; Mock Trial Advocacy Participation

University Attended

Florida State University
Class of 1992
B.S.
Economics, Honors: President - Economic Honor Society

University of South Florida
Class of 1990
A.A.

Birth Information

Born in 1970
Miami Beach, Florida, June 23, 1970

Associations & Memberships
Hillsborough County (Member, Family Law Section
Board of Directors) Bar Association
The Florida Bar
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Family Law Inn of Tampa (Member, Executive Committee), American Inn of Court.

Payment Information

Fixed Hourly Rate
$275 - $400/hr
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Other - Law Pay and Pay Pal, Visa
Other Information
Free Initial Consultation, Fixed Fees Available, Retainer Fee


Attorney FAQs

Does this attorney offer any legal services for a flat fee?
Yes, Chris Evan Ragano offers fixed fees for certain legal services.
Does this attorney accept major credit cards?
Yes, Chris Evan Ragano will accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
What law school did this attorney attend?
Chris Evan Ragano attended South Texas College of Law.
Does this attorney maintain any other responsibilities in the firm outside of legal work?
Chris Evan Ragano is the Managing Partner of the firm.
What year was this attorney's law firm established?
South Tampa Law Group, P.A. was established in 2006.

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