Douglas G. Christy

Senior Attorney

dchristy@bplegal.com
Professional Experience
Douglas G. Christy is a Senior Attorney and member of the Firm’s Community Association Practice Group.

Mr. Christy concentrates his legal practice on the law of community associations, primarily representing condominium and homeowners’ associations.   He represents community associations located throughout Southwest Florida including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.  As General Counsel for both commercial property owners associations and residential community associations, Mr. Christy:

  • Drafts governing documents and amendments thereto;
  • Dispenses legal and practical advice regarding day to day disputes between community associations, owners, developers and governmental entities;
  • Prepares contracts, addendums and modifications and assists in contractual negotiation and contractual dispute resolution;
  • Gives legal advice regarding requirements of the governing documents and the laws regarding elections, financial operations, insurance, assessment collection and maintenance, repair and replacement; and
  • Prepares clients for elections and meetings of the Board/members.

Mr. Christy also assists his commercial property owners association and residential community association clients in mediation, arbitration and litigation concerning covenant enforcement disputes, collections, mortgage foreclosures and other claims.

Prior to becoming an attorney and while in his final semester of law school, Mr. Christy worked in the Florida Senate as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Gwen Margolis.  While working for Senator Margolis, Mr. Christy monitored and analyzed ongoing budget and other legislative issues before several committees on which Senator Margolis served and assisted constituents with requests.

Activities & Memberships

Mr. Christy recently is an active member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar and its Condominium and Planned Development Committee. He was selected for the Fellowship Program of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar for a two-year term from 2013 to 2015.  He is a frequent lecturer on community association law and has spoken on the topics of collection of assessments, effective covenant enforcement and covenant preservation. Mr. Christy is also a member of the Community Associations Institute and the American Bar Association.
In his free time, Mr. Christy enjoys baseball, Florida history, and traveling with his wife.

Honors

Recognized as a 2015 “Rising Star,” by Florida Super Lawyers
Recognized as a 2016 “Rising Star,” by Florida Super Lawyers