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Chris Sprowls

Chris Sprowls

Of Counsel

Tampa, FL

Chris Sprowls focuses his practice on litigation.

Chris joined Buchanan from the State Attorney’s Office for Florida’s Sixth Judicial Circuit, where he spent seven years as an Assistant State Attorney. Chris was assigned to the Special Prosecution Unit where he focused on gang and homicide crime, taking an active role in identifying gangs and dismantling their criminal networks. During his time as a prosecutor, Chris tried dozens of jury trials, many involving first degree murder. Among Chris’ most notable trial victories was the conviction of an individual who drove her car into a front yard striking three triplet little girls as well as the conviction of William Hurst for the 1982 murder of his wife. Chris also served as Director of the Veterans Treatment Court for Pinellas and Pasco counties and oversaw both the agency’s offices in Pasco County.

On November 4, 2014, Chris was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. During Chris’ time in the legislature, he served as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and subsequently as Chairman of the Rules Committee. In 2020, Chris was elected Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for the 2020-2022 term.

As Speaker of the Florida House, Chris was a champion for children’s literacy, starting the New Worlds Reading Initiative, the nation's largest effort to tackle children’s literacy. Chris also oversaw the largest effort in Florida History to prepare Florida for natural disasters and coastal resiliency. In addition to his work in education and environmental resiliency, Chris prioritized meaningful work for Floridians by passing the REACH ACT designed to overhaul our workforce infrastructure and ensure Floridians the help, training and education necessary to provide for their families. Chris termed out of the legislature in November of 2022.

Chris is married to his wife Shannon and is the father of two boys. During his public service, Chris prioritized the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative Designed to help Florida meet the growing crisis around fatherlessness and its impact on children. He remains active with organizations who are tackling fatherlessness throughout the country.

Chris serves as Chairman of the advisory board for the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida, a director at Flagship Bank, and a board member of TECO Energy, and People’s Gas.