Chris Tanner

Chris Tanner


1101 West Swann Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Office: (813) 514-4700
Fax: (813) 514-4701

Chris Tanner has served in positions in the state and federal government, including most recently at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where he focused on legal issues related to water, wetland mitigation, and the environment. Prior to working at the District, Chris served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Financial Services and then as Senior Cabinet Aide to Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, advising on matters pertaining to acquisition, management, and disposition of state lands, including sovereignty submerged lands; challenges to local comprehensive plans; land use regulation; community development districts; and the supervision of state deemed “areas of critical state concern.”

Prior to attending law school at Florida State University, Chris helped manage his family’s paint business in Tampa that was founded by his great grandfather in 1933 and served as an intern at the White House, which ultimately led to a position as assistant to the President’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.

Areas of Practice

  • Water, Environmental, Administrative and Governmental Law
  • Land Use


Florida State University, B.S., Biological Sciences, 2003

Florida State University, J.D., 2010

  • Gubernatorial Fellowship
  • Florida House of Representatives Fellowship
  • Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Article & Notes Editor
  • Distinguished Pro Bono Certificate
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society

Professional Associations, Public Service and Distinctions

The Florida Bar

Hillsborough County Bar Association

Connect Florida, Class V, Leadership Florida

Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Elder