Chris Bucalo is a lawyer with experience in wide-ranging eminent domain cases. He has established himself as an integral component of a successful trial team, helping protect the rights of Florida property owners & ensuring they receive full compensation. He has experience in both federal and state court jury trials, most recently helping to achieve favorable verdicts for clients affected by the Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline Project.
Raised on the Space Coast of Florida, prior to entering his legal career, Chris was in the mortgage foreclosure industry and spent several years traveling the Caribbean as a member of competitive sport fishing crews. Now that he’s a lawyer, his primary focus is to serve those who face eminent domain challenges, but represents only private property and business owners.
He is also a Florida affiliate member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to defending property owners.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida (B.A., Business Administration, 2013) and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D. 2017). During law school, he served as an editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy, was the President of the Florida Real Property Law Association and achieved the highest-level pro bono certificate for his commitment to pro bono service. Prior to graduation, Chris held a summer clerkship with the Honorable Monte C. Richardson, United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
He was admitted into the Florida Bar in 2018 and is also admitted to practice before the Middle and Northern Districts of the United States District Court in Florida, as well as the Eleventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.