C.B. Upton is the founder of Upton Law Firm. He is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. His practice includes representing clients in litigation involving dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices, defective products, whistleblower lawsuits, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and business disputes.
Judges and fellow attorneys have recognized C.B. with an AV Peer Review Rating. An AV rating indicates that an attorney has reached the height of professional excellence, demonstrating the highest levels of skill and integrity. He has also achieved Avvo’s top rating of Superb based on the company’s proprietary algorithm. Less than 1% of lawyers in the country have this distinction.
Before entering private practice, C.B. served the State of Florida in a variety of capacities, including Deputy General Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel at the Department of State, and Assistant Attorney General. In these roles, he litigated several high-profile cases of statewide importance.
C.B. began his career as a law clerk to Judge Eugene Siler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he worked on cases throughout the country in the First, Third, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits.
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
- United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
- United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
- Stetson Lawyers Advisory Council
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
- The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
- The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section
- The Florida Bar, Constitutional Judiciary Committee (former)
Honors & Awards
- “AV-Preeminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- “Superb” Rated by Avvo
- Avvo Top Contributor
- Kentucky Colonel (commissioned by Governor Beshear)
- Gardner W. Beckett, Jr. ACLU Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Award
- Williams F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
- Solving the speech debate, The St. Petersburg Times (Sept. 19, 2009)
- The Office of the Florida Solicitor General: an Appellate Lawyer’s Field of Dreams, The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of The Florida Bar (Fall-Winter 2009)
- Court has your Second Amendment rights directly in its cross hairs, Tallahassee Democrat (Jan. 31, 2008)
- Will court decide 2008 election, too, Tallahassee Democrat (Dec. 23, 2007)
- Dean v. Utica Community Schools: An Arrow through the Heart Administrative of School Control Over Student Expression in School Newspapers, BYU Education & Law Journal (2006)
- Stetson University College of Law, J.D.
- Notes & Comments Editor
- Moot Court Board
- University of Tennessee, B.A.