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Keith S Brais

Keith S Brais

Practice areas:

Admiralty & Maritime, Personal Injury, Slip and Fall Accident, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

About Me

Keith Brais, the managing shareholder in the Miami office, is a Florida Bar Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer, having practiced in this field for 20 years.  In 1991, Keith Brais also acquired his license to practice law in the State of Massachusetts.  Before attending law school, Mr. Brais graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (“MMA”) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering.  After graduating from MMA, he sailed as a 3rd Assistant Engineer, United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), Unlimited Horsepower, Steam and Motor.  After acquiring sufficient sea time, Mr. Brais upgraded his license to 2nd Assistant Engineer, USCG, Unlimited Horsepower, Motor.  All told, he sailed for seven years aboard tanker vessels and off-shore oil drilling platforms in locations throughout the world.  With years of real life merchant seamen experience, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering, USCG licenses and 20 years specializing in the field of maritime law, Keith Brais brings to the judge or jury deciding your case an unprecedented appreciation of maritime affairs.


I have a great wife, three wonder children and an Italian Mastiff called "Maximus" (from my wife's favorite movie ... Gladiator) ... all of whom form the axis on which my world rotates.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 50%
    25 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Slip and Fall Accident: 15%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
    25 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  4. Brain Injury: 10%
    25 years, 60 cases
  5. Wrongful Death: 10%
    25 years, 100 cases

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

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    Keith is an intelligent, passionate advocate who produces the highest attainable results in an ethical and professional manner.

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    James Adrian
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • James Daryl Gassenheimer

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    James Gassenheimer Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Brais & Brais

100 Biscayne Blvd
Suite 800
Miami, FL, 33132-2310

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive199104/14/2015
FLMember in Good Standing199005/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBrais & Assoc., P.A.2007 - Present
PartnerMitchell, McAlpin & Brais & Assoc., P.A.1997 - 2007
PartnerKeller Houck, P.A.1996 - 1997
AssociateKeller, Houck & Shinkle, P.A.1993 - 1996
AssociateFowler White Banick1990 - 1993

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to Practice2009 - Present
Fort Lauderdale Mariner's ClubMember2001 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice1999 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
Southeast Admiralty Law InstituteMember1992 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor Member1992 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1991 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Supreme Court of State of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1990 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Edward Vigo Florian v. Carnival CorporationUnited States District Judge James Lawrence King Entered an Order In Favor of Brais & Brais' Client Denying Carnival's Motion to Dismiss and Granting Florian's Motion to Remand Cause Back to State Court
Winward Associates Corp., v. M/Y Esterel & Wilson Yacht Management (USA), LLCThe Court ruled in favor of Brais & Brais' client, Winward Associates, and entered judgment in Windward's favor for the entirle amount owned.
Nurkiewicz v. Vacation Break U.S.A., Inc.The Fourth Disctrict Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Brais & Brais' client, granting summery judgment on Plaintiff's claims of unseaworthiness and Jones Act Negligence. The Court also struck Plaintiff's claim for Punitive Damages.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's Club Yearly Publication 2006Plowing Your Way Into Environmental Liabilities In South Florida2006
Sourtheastern Admiralty Law Institute, Inc. Yearly SeminarThe Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act, Pitfalls for the Unwary2006
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's Club Yearly Publications 2002To Deny Coverage or Not Deny Coverage? Questions Underwriters Must Ask When Deciding To Accept A Marine Claim.2002

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
New England School of LawLawJuris Doctorate1990
Massachusetts Maritime AcademyMarine EngineeringBachelor of Science1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Inc.The Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act; Pitfalls for the Unwary2006
International Counsel of Cruise Lines & Insurance SeminarShip's Medical Negligence: Respondeat Superior or Strick Liability2006
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's ClubPlowing Your Way Into Environmental Liabilities in Sout Florida2006
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's ClubTo Deny Coverage or Not Deny Coverage?: Questions Underwriters Must Ask When Deciding To Accept A Marine Claim2002