Christina Unkel is an attorney at mctlaw

Christina E. Unkel

Title: Trial Attorney
Office: Sarasota, FL

Christina E. Unkel, J.D., M.B.A. is a litigation attorney focusing her practice primarily on complex commercial, business, and construction litigation with a specialized focus in sports law. Mrs. Unkel zealously advocates for her clients having been extensively trained in business and advocacy at nationally ranked Stetson College of Law and through her unique background.

Her substantial experience representing construction industry clients, government contract disputes, business law, telecommunication matters and federal takings has put her in charge of handling complex commercial civil litigation matters, arbitrations, class actions, multi-district litigations, and multi-million dollar settlements.

Mrs. Unkel also specializes in sports law and is well equipped to deal with the reality of today’s business industry and the sports world through her experiences at IMG Academy, as an NCAA scholarship athlete (soccer), her international experience as a FIFA Referee, inaugural CEO of the Women’s Sports Museum, owner of Scorch Fitness and the Deadlift Effect, and her broadcasting duties covering the 2019 Women’s World Cup at Fox Sports and European Football (UEFA Champions League and Europa League) at CBS Sports.

Mrs. Unkel was born in San Diego, California, and raised in Cape Coral, Florida. She now resides with her husband and daughter in Sarasota, Florida. Mrs. Unkel is fluent in Spanish.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Law, Major – Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spanish, and Philosophy, Double Minor – Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Masters in Business Administration (MBA) – Stetson Graduate University
  • Juris Doctor, Concentration in Advocacy – Stetson College of Law

Federal Internships

  • Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Judge, U.S. Middle
    District of Florida
  • Honorable Thomas B. McCoun, III, U.S. Magistrate, U.S. Middle District of


  • Florida Super Lawyers List for 2022
  • Top Attorneys in Florida Rising Stars Recognition, 2021
  • Super Lawyers, Top Rated Construction Litigation Lawyer and Products
    Liability Lawyer, Rising Star 2019-2020
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University, 50th Anniversary, 50 Notable Alumni Award
  • SRQ Magazine, Elite Top Attorneys 2020, Sports Law
  • Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2021, Commercial Litigation
    Professional Affiliations & Memberships
  • Florida Bar, Leadership Academy Fellow, Member – Construction Law
    Institute Committee; Former Committee Member – Consumer Law; Former
    Committee Member – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Former Director – Young Lawyers
    Division, Former Chair – Civil Trial Section, Former Chair – Diversity and
    Inclusion Committee, Former Chair – Awards Committee
  • Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program, Grant Panelist, Arts and Cultural
    Alliance of Sarasota County
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Leadership Academy Alumni
  • Women in Sports & Events (WISE), Tampa Bay Chapter
  • USF, Women in Leadership & Philanthropy
  • International Women’s Forum, Florida Suncoast Chapter, Board of Director
  • U.S. Soccer Federation, Referee Working Group and National Referee
  • Professional Referee Organization (PRO), Referee/VAR for Major League
    Soccer (MLS) & National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

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Mr. Maglio, I want you to know the appreciation I have for Diana Stadelnikas and her team for the effort they have put into my wife’s claim! The settlement negotiation they achieved (in a very frustrating situation) is outstanding! While there’s a way to go yet, I want to assure you will they have my full confidence and gratitude to the finish! I know you must be proud of your people!


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