Accomplished civil & criminal attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

Christopher M. Sierra, Esq. is a trusted attorney in St. Petersburg, Florida, who has been helping clients with both criminal and civil cases since 1990. Mr. Sierra has represented a range clients dealing with a variety of legal disputes and accusations. From landlord and tenant issues to DUI and theft charges, our St. Petersburg legal professional is proud to put his eclectic legal experience to use assisting his clients with their most pressing issues.

Trust Christopher M. Sierra to work closely alongside you for the duration of the case and its associated courtroom proceedings. You can schedule a time for your free initial 30-minute consultation with Christopher M. Sierra, Esq. today by calling (727) 490-2020 ex 7034. If it is after hours or an emergency, please call (727) 542-6274.

If you’re searching for a qualified lawyer with years of diverse experience, Christopher M. Sierra, Esq. is the attorney to call. He obtained his license to practice law in 1990 after graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. He started his career in law as a Research Law Clerk, then held jobs in the public sector working as an Assistant Attorney General for four years and as an Assistant Public Defender.

After his time in the public sector, he joined his father in private practice. Then he moved on into corporate and human resources law as an In-House Counsel to an employee leasing company.

But he missed the courtroom, and soon moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. While helping clients with their criminal and civil cases in St. Petersburg, he is also active on the Treasure Island Planning and Zoning Board, having served as a member for 10 years and as Chairman for two of those years.

Partner with a lawyer who will fight for you

You shouldn’t try to navigate the legal system alone. You need a qualified legal professional who’s ready to help you through this tough situation. Christopher M. Sierra, Esq. is proud to take on cases involving:

  • Battery/domestic violence
  • DUI/DWI
  • Theft/robbery
  • Ordinance violations
  • Civil disputes (contracts, etc.)
  • Rezoning and land use
  • Landlord/tenant issues

Experience

May 2003-Present
CHRISTOPHER M. SIERRA, P.A. St. Petersburg, FL
President
Private practice handling issues from Landlord/tenant disputes, collections, general civil litigation, discrimination litigation, policy review and drafting, administrative response, corporate matters (formation, maintenance and litigation), contract negotiations, mediations, and criminal representation. This position is autonomous in the handling of all client issues.

March 2002 – November 2012 
Member – Treasure Island, FL Planning and Zoning Board
July 2010 – November 2012 
Chairman – Planning and Zoning Board
Appointed public position overseeing Planning and Zoning matters for the City of Treasure Island, FL. Term limited out of office.

May 2003-October 2003 
R.J. Sanders Foundation, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL
General Counsel
Tasked with daily operations of new non-profit support organization. Duties included opening new office, acquiring equipment and staff, organizing fundraisers, keeping accurate records, ensuring governmental compliance.

June 2002-April 2003 
VERONA LAW GROUP, P.A., St. Petersburg, FL
Associate
Private practice handling issues from Bankruptcy, Landlord/tenant disputes, collections, general civil litigation, discrimination litigation, administrative response, corporate matters (formation, maintenance and litigation), contract negotiations, mediations, and criminal representation. This position is fairly autonomous in the handling of client issues with minimal oversight.

1997–May 2002
SCI Companies, Tampa, FL
Corporate Counsel
Primarily responsible for responding to EEOC and DOL complaints from initial investigation based on employee complaints, up to and including, responding to administrative agencies and defending clients in court. Developed training programs for managers and employees on Employment Law and Sexual Harassment and presented these programs many times. All training programs purporting to address any legal question are forwarded to me for approval. Other duties include general collections (from demand to suit and levy), corporate contract review (major vendor agreements through office leases), Employment Agreements (mediation/arbitration, non-competes, releases, etc.), drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, drafting company policies in a wide range of industries (including those based on laws peculiar to individual states) and overseeing a team of human resources professionals and investigators.

Handle all legal issues facing corporate clients. In order to facilitate the foregoing, my partner and I founded Dominguez & Sierra, P.A.. in 1999, which represents client businesses of the SCI Companies in EEOC/Discrimination and general contract and labor issues.

1996–1997
Sierra, Gustafson & Sierra Tampa, FL
Shareholder
General civil practice including limited criminal, juvenile and appellate representation

1994–1996
Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit Tampa, FL
Assistant Public Defender
Representation of indigent defendants in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony matters. Limited appellate representation.

1991–1994 
Florida Department of Legal Affairs Tampa, FL
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Representation of State of Florida, prosecuting criminal appeals. Supervised by current Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince.

1990-1991
Hillsborough County Attorney Tampa, FL
Research Law Clerk
Research in Land Use law.

Education

1986–1990: Mercer University, Macon, GA
Juris Doctor

1980-1986: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Bachelor of Arts, Finance and Management

References

Charlie Miranda, Former Chairman -Tampa City Council, Tampa, FL
Phone number available by email request

Heather Rardin, Entrepreneur/Client – St. Petersburg, FL
Phone number available by email request