About Ms. Carpenter


Ms. Carpenter knew she wanted to be a lawyer at age 15 when she went to court and watched attorneys advocate for an injured client in a courtroom. She knew she also wanted to be a nurse to impact patient lives as her parents had done. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Tampa with a 3.98 GPA and double major in criminology and nursing. She was the salutatorian of the school of nursing. She received the Outstanding Senior of the Year Award at the University of Tampa, and was awarded a scholarship to become a bachelors-trained nurse in the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital upon graduation. In 2007, while working full time as an ICU nurse at a large hospital, Ms. Carpenter enrolled in law school at Stetson University College of Law. She worked as an ICU nurse throughout law school at multiple hospitals, and began work as a law clerk at a prominent Tampa defense firm in 2008. While in law school and working two jobs, Ms. Carpenter earned top grades in Tort Law and Constitutional Law, became an editor of Stetson's Law Review, and graduated in the top 10% of her class.

Upon graduation in 2010, she defended healthcare providers, insurance companies, and major hospitals in the Tampa Bay area. In this capacity as a defense attorney, Ms. Carpenter gained invaluable experience.  She has taken cases from inception through trial, with remarkable results. She has represented clients in cases involving significant bodily injury and death. Ms. Carpenter remains current on both medical and legal practice standards through continuing education, seminars, and exposure to complex medical legal issues in cases. She harnesses this dual expertise for the benefit of her clients in their injury cases.

Ms. Carpenter is an active member in the Clearwater Bar Association, Clearwater Bar Young Lawyers Division, Florida Justice Association, Pinellas Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.


Consulting Physicians and Nurses

bio-pic At The Patient’s Law Firm, P.A., we have an in-house team of physicians and nurses who are available for consultation to assist with the review of cases. Such a feature is unique to The Patient’s Law Firm and is a rare and valuable asset in helping analyze medical-legal and personal injury cases.


Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Medical Wrongful Death


At The Patient’s Law Firm, your case will be evaluated by a dually-licensed healthcare and legal professional, nurse attorney Christa Carpenter. Ms. Carpenter prides herself on responsiveness, dedication, and specialized knowledge in healthcare law.