Brian J. Cabrey is a partner with the law firm of Zisser, Brown, Nowlis & Cabrey, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Cabrey’s practice includes representation of plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, products and premises liability, and negligence. Mr. Cabrey has obtained multiple settlements on behalf of injured clients in excess of one million dollars. Mr. Cabrey is also a respected child advocate who represents children pro bono in child abuse, juvenile dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings. He advocates for the rights and protection of abused, abandoned, and neglected children, and frequently represents children in civil matters regarding injuries and damages they sustain from physical and sexual abuse, particularly while in state and institutional care. Mr. Cabrey has successfully obtained significant verdicts and recoveries for child victims of physical and sexual abuse, including multi-million dollar settlements, and been involved in landmark litigation of national significance to protect the legal rights of foster children, particularly when they are injured while in state care. Both he and his firm were recognized and honored in 2007 by Florida’s Children First for their work in child advocacy. In 2009, Mr. Cabrey was recognized as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” in Civil Trial, a distinction reserved for the top 2% of Florida attorneys as determined by their peers.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cabrey was a Senior Attorney and Assistant General Counsel with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare Legal Services, for District Four in Jacksonville, Florida, serving Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay, and Baker counties. Mr. Cabrey currently volunteers his professional time and skills as a pro bono attorney ad litem for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. He previously volunteered as a pro bono attorney for the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. In 2001, Mr. Cabrey was recognized by the Guardian Ad Litem Program of Florida for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children, and named its Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year for Dependency in Duval County.
Mr. Cabrey is a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his law degree in 1993 from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Jacksonville Justice Association, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Mr. Cabrey is currently the president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild for the Diocese of St. Augustine. Mr. Cabrey served on the board of directors of Florida’s Children First, a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan children’s advocacy organization, from 2004 through 2011, and was the organization’s vice-president from 2006 through 2011. He also serves on the board of directors of Lumen Entertainment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Catholic media production company based in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Cabrey has been admitted to practice in all state courts in the State of Florida since 1994, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 1996, and was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court in 2006.