• Jeff Cosby has achieved re-certification as a specialist in civil trial law for the third time and has now been board certified for 15 years.
  • New case on “notice” in slip and fall suits provides help to governmental agencies
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session to judges on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery in Palm Beach County.
  • Phil Wiseberg obtains a dismissal with prejudice on the eve of trial in property insurance case.
  • In Bryant v. Mezo, Carri Leininger obtained favorable opinion from the Fourth DCA recognizing the Plaintiff’s failure to disclose prior medical treatment was fraud and justified dismissal of the Plaintiff’s lawsuit.
  • Jim Williams intervened in complex construction/banking litigation on behalf of a local county obtaining a stay and potentially saving the county from a judgment that would have deprived the county of over a million dollars in collateral.
  • Chioma Deere co-presented a Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) session on Judicial Management of Electronic Discovery at the 19th Judicial Circuit to judges from St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.
  • Lee Baggett and Jeff Cosby spoke at the Orlando Claims Conference on Exposing Financial Bias of Treating Doctors.
  • Carri Leininger obtains summary judgment for CGL carrier in coverage dispute arising out of a multi-million dollar construction defect case.
  • Jessica Gregory obtains summary judgment for Property Owners Association in ADA/FHA case.
  • Phil Wiseberg and Jim Williams obtain a defense verdict in an automobile negligence suit
  • Phil Wiseberg achieved dismissal of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit on behalf of a local university…
  • Carri Leininger wins appellate victory in controversial juror texting case, Murphy v. Roth
  • Jim Williams succeeds with Palm Beach County jury returning defense verdict for half clients’ pre-trial offer

Chris D. Connally


Chris Connally was born in Miami Beach and grew up in Broward County, Florida. In 1996, he earned degrees in both Communications and Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He obtained his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in December of 2000.

At WLC, Mr. Connally focuses on first party property damage claims. For the last 13 years, Mr. Connally litigated in the area of insurance defense with an emphasis on both personal injury and first party property matters. He gained extensive litigation and jury trial experience, including trying 14 cases to verdict. He represented numerous carriers in first party insurance defense matters, including complex hurricane, wind, flood, water, mold, fire, and bad faith claims. He also handled various coverage claims and declaratory judgment actions.

He served as in-house counsel for a large insurance company for 5 years defending a wide variety of personal injury, first party property and commercial litigation cases in 10 different counties throughout Florida. During this time, he worked closely with claims professionals and developed a reputation for responsiveness.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Connally tried more than 60 bench trials as a Guardian ad Litem Program Attorney representing volunteer Guardians on behalf of Broward County’s abused, neglected and abandoned children. He also represented family law attorneys in family law matters including dependency, family, matrimonial, and elder law proceedings. He served as a County Mediator from 1998 through 2006 for the 17th Circuit facilitating settlements in various cases ranging from first party property matters to contract disputes.

Mr. Connally is a past President of the Broward County Bar Association-Young Lawyers’ Section and served on the Board for 5 years. He is a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) and Defense Research Institute (DRI). In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his 2 sons, aged 10 and 12, in football, baseball and soccer.