Legal Experience

Brian's legal career began at a large business-oriented law firm in Orlando, Florida. For the first ten years, he worked mainly for insurance carriers and businesses. In 1982, he was among the first lawyers in Florida to earn The Florida Bar Association's designation of Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.

By the early 1980s, Brian had had concentrated his practice as a lawyer for the injured and their families. His first cases included a claim against Grove Manufacturing Co., the largest mobile-crane manufacturer in the world. The case involved injuries to a worker who received electrical burns when a crane came into contact with an overhead power line.

Brian then brought a claim on behalf of a severely brain-damaged boy who had been injured by a Daisy air rifle. The boy had been accidentally shot in the head by a playmate, and the projectile lodged in the boy's brain. Brian sued Daisy, arguing that Daisy should not have marketed a deadly weapon under the same logo it used to sell its "toy" BB guns.

In the mid 1980s, Brian was retained by Associated Aviation Underwriters, one of the major aviation-insurance carriers in the country at the time, as outside litigation counsel. He became involved in a number of the most significant aviation cases in the Southeast.

Through Associated Aviation Underwriters, Brian was named litigation counsel for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and represented it through the 1990s. He also represented the Hillsborough Aviation Authority, which included work for Tampa International Airport.
Brian has worked as counsel for injured pilots and families of people who were killed in aviation accidents. These cases involved all areas of aviation, including general aviation and airline accidents.

Brian has received the highest rating for quality and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell, the premier lawyer rating organization. He is listed in the publication “Super Lawyers” in Florida.

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Matt joined Florida Aviation Counsel after serving as a law clerk for the Federal District Court Judge, Anne C. Conway. During his time working for Judge Conway, Matt was involved in the judicial decision making process of legal cases both at the trial court level and at the appellate court level.

Matts background with the federal court makes him uniquely qualified to ensure that Florida Aviation Counsel is up to date with the ever changing rules and procedures of the court. He has been involved in the preparation of significant aviation accident cases since he joined Florida Aviation Counsel. Matt is a pilot and an aircraft owner.

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