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CJ Czaia – Attorney at Law
Practicing law for over 2 decades, Christopher John (CJ) Czaia has earned an outstanding reputation for his dedication and commitment to his clients. Known for his aggressive representation, excellent service, and going the extra distance to achieve the best possible results for his clients, CJ works tirelessly to ensure that each client receives the rights to which they are entitled.
The son of a Foreign Service officer, CJ spent his early years traveling the world. He has come to appreciate this great nation which guarantees the rights of ordinary citizens to rally against the abuse and oppression of government, individuals, insurance companies and corporations. CJ is dedicated to representing the people and ensuring they receive the rights and justice to which they are entitled so that our democracy works in the manner our country’s forefathers intended.
Upon being admitted to the bar, CJ chose to work as a public defender in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court in Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties. CJ feels that by defending the rights of individuals against the government, he ensures that the checks and balances our Constitution guarantees will work for all citizens. In private practice, he originally focused on criminal law, working on thousands of cases and successfully winning murder cases. Later he began incorporating personal injury cases which today constitute the bulk of his practice.
The former head of the Manatee County Democratic Party, CJ, a community activist, has also been involved in politics most of his life. He has been a candidate for political office and, in fact, spoke at the Democratic convention of Florida. In addition he is a well-known political radio and television commentator, and frequent speaker of current and controversial topics. He also has the distinction of being the founder and Chairman of the Board of UnidosNow.org.
Riding motorcycles for over 30 years, CJ has not only raced in numerous national races, he has also run professional race teams, sponsored numerous riders/teams, hosted bike nights throughout Florida, sponsored track days and supported a variety of motorcycle charities including the Latin American Motorcycle Association, Riding with Angels, Bikers for Babies and many more.
When not riding or racing his motorcycle, CJ also enjoys boating, sailing, scuba diving, hang gliding, and photography. He is a baseball, soccer, and theater fan who enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Juris Doctor Thomas M. Cooley Law School – Lansing, MI
Bachelors of Arts, International Relations Florida International University – Miami, FL
Associates of Arts, Communications St. Petersburg College – St. Petersburg, FL
Organizations & Affiliations
The Florida Bar
The Minnesota Bar
Manatee County Bar Association
Sarasota County Bar Association
Lee County Bar Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Minnesota Justice Association
Florida Justice Association, Eagle Member
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee, Board Member
Palmetto Youth Center, Board Member
UnidosNow.org, Chairman of the Board
Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Former Chairman
Community Redevelopment Agency of Palmetto, Former Board Member
Advisory Council of the Adult Farm Workers Program, Former Board Member
Manatee County Heart Association, Former Board Member
Manatee County School Foundation, Former Board Member
Manatee Opportunity Council, Former Board Member
Manatee County Inns of Court, Former Member
Daughtrey Elementary School, Former SAC Member
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
American Motorcyclist Association