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Board certified in the area of Admiralty & Maritime law and with a history of excellence in Maritime and Admiralty law studies, Richard delivers highly-focused insight into the matters surrounding each and every case. He brings tireless dedication to uncovering opportunities for clients through intense research and thorough analysis.

Richard's trial experiences ranges from crewmember and passenger personal injuries to enforcement of maritime liens and other commercial disputes. In addition to his trial talents, Richard heads the firm's appellate section wherein he authored several appellate briefs and argued at both the state and federal levels.

Always aware of the current issues facing today's maritime litigants, Richard’s counsel is both precise and well-informed. In addition to his professional experience, Richard boasts several impressive academic achievements. Most notably, he was awarded the Dean's Academic Achievement Award for the courses of Maritime Personal Injury and Death as well as Insurance Law at the University of Miami School of Law. Richard served as the Admiral of the law school's Maritime Law Society, and later, that organization's Alumni Advisor.



Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime Lawyer
Named a Rising Star in the Florida Super Lawyers publication for 2010
Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee


Maritime Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Claims
Cruise Ship and Excursion Injuries
Yachting, Boating & Marina Accidents
Oil Rig and Industrial Accidents
Defective Yachts & Marine Products
Maritime Liens and Vessel Arrests
Marine Insurance Disputes
Ship Groundings, Collisions & Allisions
Hurricane Damage Claims
Marine Environmental & Pollution Claims
Damaged Cargo
Salvage and Towing Claims
Contract and Charter Party Preparation & Disputes


Practice areas


  1. Admiralty & Maritime: 90%
    13 years
  2. Commercial: 10%
    13 years



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Brais & Brais

100 N. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 800
Miami, FL, 33132-2310

Brais & Brais

8 Faneuil Hall Marketblace
3rd Floor
Boston, MA, 02109

Brais & Brais

Two Allen Center
1200 Smith Street, 16th Floor
Houston, TX, 77002



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2010
Board Certified Admiralty & Maritime LawyerThe Florida Bar2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBrais & Brais2007 - Present
AssociateMcAlpin & Brais, P.A.2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Admiralty Law CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Southeast Admiralty Law InstituteMember2004 - Present
Fort Lauderdale Mariner's ClubMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Windward Associates v. M/Y Esterel, U.S. Dist. Ct., Middle Dist. of Fla. (Ft. Myers)$75,000 Judgment in Favor of Client
Allen v. Celebrity Cruises Inc. Fla. 11th Judicial Circuit (Miami)Directed Verdict on Liablity
In re: Kampgrounds of America, U.S. Dist. Ct., Southern Dist. of Fla. (Key West)Won Judgement in Favor of Client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI)The Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act; Pitfalls for the Unwary2006
Fort Lauderdale Mariner's Club Marine Insurance SeminarPlowing Your Way Into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Monmouth UniversityHistory/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999