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About Christopher Benjamin

  • About Christopher Benjamin
    Christopher E. Benjamin serves as an Of Counsel attorney at International Law Partners. He is married to Zakiyyah Shakir, and he is a father of four. He graduated from Florida Memorial University (the only historically black university in South Florida) with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science in 1998 and St. Thomas University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2001. Mr. Benjamin is also a Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator. A member of the Florida Bar, Mr. Benjamin served as a Traffic Magistrate for the Traffic Division of Miami-Dade County Court and Special Magistrate for Code Enforcement in various municipalities in the tri-county area. ​ Mr. Benjamin – was a member of the Dade County Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee and member of the Dade County School Board’s Small Business/Minority/Women/Veteran Advisory Committee -- is a staunch community advocate and has spent his career, helping families navigate the process of divorce, ensuring persons charged with a crime receive a fair trial, helping protect the civil rights of the discriminated, helping the injured find relief, helping small business owners establish their businesses, helping the low-to-moderate income residents of Florida find affordable access to the courts and helping litigants find alternatives to resolving their disputes.
  • Fraternities in which Christopher Benjamin is a member.
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Life Member International Rules and Bylaws Committee (18-20) 7th District Rules and Bylaws Committee (18-20) 7th District Scholarship Committee (18-19) 18th U/I Representative to the Supreme Council (98-00) 2nd Vice 7th District Representative (97-98) 2nd Vice FLSO State Representative (96-97) FLSO State Counselor (02-04) Region One Representative (00-02) FLSO Scholarship Chairman (18-19) Sigma Alpha Chapter Vice Basileus (03-05) Kappa Gamma Chapter Basileus (96-98) F&AM (South Miami #308) AASR (Valley of Miami) AAOMS (Mahi Shriner) R.A.M. and R.&S.M. (Jericho Chp. 11 & Adoniram Cncl. 10) OES (Lakeside #271) Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Inc.
  • Classes Taught
    Adjunct Professor, NSU’s Shepard Broad School of Law Adjunct Professor, Florida Memorial University, Business and Criminal Law Adjunct Professor, City College, Business Law, Criminal Law, Torts and Contracts Adjunct Professor, Miami-Dade College, Title Insurance Agent and Notary Attorney Trainer, Miami-Dade Teen Court, Attorney Basic Skills and Knowledge
  • Professional Associations and Members
    Florida Bar: Civil Law Rules of Procedure Committee: 2016-2018 Family Law Rules Committee: 2008-2010 Consumer Protection Committee: 2004-2006 Dade County Bar Association: Solo/Small Firm Co-Chairman (2012-2013) Juvenile Court Committee Chairman (2009-2010) Florida Muslim Bar Association: President: 2011-2012 Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association (f/k/a Black Lawyers Association): President: 2009-2010 National Association of Hearing Officials Florida Association of Professional Mediators Florida Association of Realtors Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce
  • Civic and Government Appointments
    Quasi-Judicial 11th Judicial Circuit, County Court Traffic Hearing Officer City of North Miami Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) City of Opa Locka Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) City of Hallandale Beach Special Magistrate (Red Light Camera) City of South Bay Special Magistrate (Code Enforcement) State of Florida (Gubernatorial) State of Florida Local Advocacy Council (2005-2006) Municipal (County) Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Committee (2003-2004) Miami-Dade County Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (2010-2013) Miami-Dade County Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (2017- 2020) Miami-Dade County Commission on Human Rights (2019 – 2020) School Board Miami-Dade County School Board Attendance&Boundary Advisory Committee (2017 – 2020) Miami-Dade County School Board Small Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (Vice-Chair) Miami-Dade County School Board Secure Our Future Advisory Committee (2019 – 2020) Municipal (City) City of Miami Gardens’ Nuisance Abatement Board (Co-Chairman) City of Opa Locka Ad Hoc City Attorney Search Committee (Chairman 2008) City of Miami Gardens Mayoral Task Force on Underage Drinking (2008-2012)
  • Pro Bono/Community Service Activities
    Pro Bono/Community Service Activities: Guardian Ad Litem (volunteer attorney) Put Something Back (Legal Aid Society) (volunteer attorney) Small Claims Clinic (Legal Services of Greater Miami) (volunteer attorney) Lawyers for Children of America (volunteer attorney) Volunteer Lawyers Project for the Southern District of Florida (volunteer attorney) Miami-Dade County Mock Trial Competition (volunteer judge) Jessup International Moot Court Competition (volunteer judge) Justice Teaching Program Miami-Dade Teen Court (volunteer judge) William Dandy Middle School (Law Magnate Program) (sponsor/mentor) 5000 Role Models (Mentor) DCS Mentoring Program (Mentor)
  • Community & Civic Organizations, and Associations
    ​N.A.A.C.P. Miami-Dade Branch: 3d Vice President/General Counsel 2010 -2014 Legal Redress Committee Chairman 2008 -2014, 2018 - present 100 Black Men of South Florida: Collegiate 100 Advisor (FMU) ​ James E. Scott Community Association (J.E.S.C.A.): Board of Directors: 2003-2010 Miami-Dade Chapter of Sickle Cell of America: General Counsel Florida Memorial University National Alumni Association: General Counsel Keep Miami Beautiful, Inc. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc: Chairman of Board of Directors: 2010-2011 Portraits of Empowerment Foundation: Vice-Chairman of Board of Directors: 2010-2011
  • Bar Admissions
    Florida Bar Supreme Court of the United States of America U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Affiliations
    Salmon & Dulberg, Dispute Resolution - Mediator, Arbitrator, and Windstorm Umpire Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Education
    ​ St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida, 2001, Juris Doctorate Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, Florida, 1998, Bachelor of Arts
  • Licenses and Certifications
    ​ Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator (County, Family, Circuit Civil and Appellate) Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator Florida Real Estate Broker Certified Property Management Specialist Title Insurance Agent Florida Notary Public
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