Christopher P. Tuite

United States Magistrate Judge

Tampa Division
TEL: 813-301-5550
FAX: 813-301-5560


Christopher P. Tuite was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida on February 5, 2018.  Prior to his appointment, Judge Tuite served for more than twenty years as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), first in Rochester, NY, and then in Tampa, FL.  As an AUSA, Judge Tuite handled a wide variety of criminal and civil matters, specializing in complex cases involving healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, organized crime, and narcotics trafficking.  Earlier in his career, Judge Tuite served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Telesca, then-Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of New York, and later as a Civil Division Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice's Honors Program.

Judge Tuite is a Master of the Bench of the Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court, and has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the Stetson University College of Law.

Judge Tuite received a B.S. degree in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from St. John Fisher College, and his J.D. degree (cum laude) from Cornell Law School.  While in law school, Judge Tuite served as an Associate and Editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Chambers Staff

  Lisa Bingham
Courtroom Deputy
(criminal matters)

Anne Arsenault
Law Clerk
(civil even numbered cases)

Susan Butler
Law Clerk
(civil odd numbered cases)

Case & Trial Management Preferences

Upon consent of the parties, Judge Tuite will allow for a “date certain” trial. In jury trials, he requires all proposed jury instructions, verdict forms and pre-trial motions in limine to be filed 5 days prior to the start of trialNo other pre-trial submissions are required. As a general rule, counsel may contact the law clerks during pre-trial proceedings. Where possible, the court makes itself available for telephone conferences on all pre-trial matters.