Christos Lagos, Esq.Partner
Christos Lagos is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents those whose lives or businesses have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others.
Christos Lagos is the head of the firm's civil litigation practice. On September 4, 2014, Christos Lagos formed Lagos & Priovolos PLLC with trial lawyer John Priovolos. Since then, the firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for their clients. Mr. Lagos focuses on claims arising out of construction negligence, automobile and trucking accidents, defective products, unsafe premises, insurance claims, medical malpractice, wrongful death, negligence, and other civil disputes.
Christos Lagos has obtained several multi-million dollar settlements, judgments, and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients during his career. Mr. Lagos has tried numerous jury trials as lead trial counsel. He is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, memberships for trial lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.
In 1998, Christos Lagos began his legal career as a prosecutor in Miami. He handled hundreds of cases ranging from traffic fatalities to life felonies. He conducted hearings, prepared witnesses for trial, selected juries, conducted opening statements, examined witnesses, and delivered closing arguments. He spent hours each day in court either handling hearings or on trial. With a solid foundation in trial advocacy, Mr. Lagos entered private practice in 2001 and turned his attention to civil litigation.
Over the last 19 years, Mr. Lagos has successfully litigated against insurance companies, construction and engineering firms, major consumer product and automobile manufacturers, property owners, health care providers, trucking and transportation companies, and other entities and corporations. Throughout his career, Mr. Lagos has handled several notable landmark cases. Notably, Mr. Lagos filed the first wrongful death lawsuit for the tragic bridge collapse that occurred at Florida International University. Twenty personal injury and wrongful death cases were consolidated against twenty-eight defendants involving over 100 lawyers. Mr. Lagos served as Liaison Counsel and was a lead attorney in this consolidated action. On behalf of all plaintiffs' counsel, Mr. Lagos conducted numerous presentations and led global settlement negotiations resulting in the creation of a trust for the benefit of the bridge collapse victims in the amount of $102.75 Million from twenty-five defendants.
Christos Lagos has been named a "Super Lawyer" and recognized as a "Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney" by Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters; named a "Top Lawyer" in Civil Litigation by the South Florida Legal Guide; selected as a "Top Rated Litigator" and listed in South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers as a “Top Rated Lawyer" in the categories of Civil Law and Personal Injury by American Lawyer Media; received the highest lawyer rating of "Superb" by Avvo; selected as one of "America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators"; recognized by The American Registry as "America's Most Honored Professionals - Top 1%" and "America's Most Honored Lawyers - Top 1%"; and received the "AV Preeminent" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory after a confidential peer review from members of the Bar and Judiciary. According to Martindale-Hubbell, this is the highest rating, indicating "the highest level of legal ability" and "the pinnacle of professional excellence." Mr. Lagos has received an AV Preeminent rating for the past 16 consecutive years.
Following are some notable settlements and judgments obtained by Mr. Lagos and his firm in excess of one-half million dollars:
- Negligence: $7,150,000
- Trucking Accident: $7,000,000
- Negligence: $6,324,821.87
- Breach of Contract/Insurance Bad Faith: $6,218,383
- Negligence: $6,000,000
- False Imprisonment: $5,000,000
- Business Dispute: $4,200,000
- Premises Liability: $4,000,000
- Medical Malpractice: $3,350,000
- Automobile Accident: $3,000,000
- Negligent Supervision of Employee/Agent: $2,460,000
- Real Estate Litigation: $2,333,332.93
- Negligence: $1,525,427.94
- Products Liability/Vehicle Crashworthiness: $1,500,000
- Products Liability: $1,437,725.41
- Trucking Accident: $1,050,000
- Breach of Contract: $1,030,000
- Trucking Accident: $1,000,000
- Negligence: $1,000,000
- Premises Liability: $1,000,000
- Medical Malpractice: $950,000
- Construction Accident: $875,000
- Medical Malpractice: $750,000
- Medical Malpractice: $700,000
- Automobile Accident: $650,000
- Automobile Accident: $640,000
- Medical Malpractice: $550,000
- Florida, 1998
- District of Columbia, 2002
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2002
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2002
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2002
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude, 1998
Honors and Activities: Member, Moot Court Board; Dean's List; Honors List; Phi Delta Phi Honor Society; Director, Advanced Moot Court Competition; Legal Research and Writing Advisor; Member, National Mock Trial Team
Franklin & Marshall College, Bachelor's Degree (B.A.), 1995
Honors and Activities: Honor's List; Teaching Assistant, First-Year English Writing Skills Course; Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society; Team Captain, NCAA Football; Spalding Fellow; Student Ambassador; Weekly Radio Show
Christos Lagos has conducted several speaking engagements to practicing attorneys and law students. Mr. Lagos has lectured in Continuing Legal Education seminars to practicing attorneys on topics that include: "Personal Injury", "Expert Witness Retention and Discovery”, "Deposition Strategies", “Motion Argument”, “Evidentiary Hearings”, “Mediation”, “Heading to Trial”, “Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury”, “Trial Presentation", "Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation", and "Legal Ethics". He contributed to the "Preparing and Trying the Cardiovascular Case" American Association For Justice Litigation Packet. Mr. Lagos has guest lectured to law students in Litigation Skills courses and he has judged litigation skills activities at the law schools of St. Thomas University, Florida International University, and the University of Miami.
Mr. Lagos hosted a weekly local radio call-in talk show addressing legal topics and conducted interviews with prominent local jurists. He also participates in community service, charitable functions, and pro bono activities. He has volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter and has volunteered and sponsored charitable events at Chapman Partnership for the homeless. He has conducted Law Day presentations to elementary students. Mr. Lagos has also volunteered his services as an Attorney Guardian ad Litem on behalf of minor children.
- Miami Dade Trial Lawyers Association, Director
- Florida Justice Association
- Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar
- Business Law Section of the Florida Bar
- Health Law Section of the Florida Bar
- Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- American Inns of Court
- American Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA)
- Hellenic American Bar Association
- Cuban American Bar Association
- League of Prosecutors, Former Director
- University of Miami School of Law Dean's Circle
- University of Miami President's Circle
- University of Miami James W. McLamore Society
- University of Miami Loyalty Society
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Mr. Lagos is married to Alexandra Bach Lagos, a partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, and together they have two sons.