Christine Sensenig was born in the big city of New York and raised in the small town of Bartow, Florida. Surrounded by citrus, cattle ranches, and farms, she grew up with classmates who lit smelting pots during freezes and wore their blue corduroy FFVA jackets proudly. She left high school early to attend college, and loved college so much she obtained two Bachelor’s degrees, one in English Education and one in Humanities, from the University of South Florida. While teaching high school and college, she obtained her Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of South Florida. More education was still on the agenda so Christine attended the University of Florida’s College of Law and earned her Juris Doctor degree, met her husband, and made life-long friends who she calls and texts to this day on a weekly basis.
Her holiday tree is bright orange and covered with Gator ornaments as an homage to the place that helped make her into the lawyer she is today. Christine enjoys working with people and solving problems – her siblings can attest she was bossy growing up – and this lead her to focus on employment law after completing an appellate clerkship at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Despite leaving rural Polk County for urban Palm Beach County, Christine couldn’t escape farming and handled complex farm worker employment law cases involving wage and hour laws, H2A Seasonal Worker issues, breach of contract claims and Form I-9 audits and internal reviews. Outside of the agricultural context, Christine has defended class action claims, administrative law claims, wage and hour investigations, EEOC matters, written countless handbooks and conducted numerous anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation trainings.
She has spoken for several years at the invitation-only International Risk Management Institute seminar series in California, Iowa, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida. One of Christine’s passions is the spa and salon industry – she’s a heavy supporter of the industry and loves a good blow dry and paraffin pedicure. This passion also applies to helping salon and spa owners herd the creative types who are employed in that industry; creative staff requires a different approach to handbooks and training, as well as record keeping and compensation plans. Still, despite the four college degrees hanging on her wall, Christine has a goal to obtain one last diploma from cosmetology school as she enjoys playing with hair and make-up. The creative industries like salons, spas, and florists are where Christine really shines as she provides her clients with an education about how to comply with the myriad of employment laws that apply to such businesses while understanding the challenges business owners in the creative fields face with their creative talent, otherwise known as their employees. Non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, training repayment agreements are difficult topics to broach with creative staff, but when the interests of the business are narrowly tailored in such agreements to protect the business owner without overreaching, everyone wins.
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Christine is active in the Sarasota community. She served as Treasurer for three years and President for two years of the Sarasota County Gator Club, the local University of Florida Alumni Association. She’s helped raise tens of thousands of dollars in funds to aid local students who are attending the University of Florida. Christine has served on the Board of the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and received the President’s Service Award for service above and beyond expectations. She currently serves on the Board of the Federally Qualified Health Center in Sarasota/North Port and the Women’s Resource Center. She is a member of the Sarasota County Bar, Florida Bar, and American Bar Associations, and is also a member of the Labor & Employment Section of each of those organizations. Christine was recognized by her peers as a “Florida Legal Elite” lawyer in Florida Trend Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Juris Doctor, 1995
University of South Florida
Activities & Affiliations
• Women’s Resource Center Board Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large
• Civil Rights Conservation, Secretary