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Brian Adam Cantrell

Family Attorney at Daytona Beach, FL

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2010
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Brian Cantrell is a Daytona Beach native and a seasoned trial attorney who takes pride in his client-centered approach to practicing law. He focuses on building trust and communication with each client while preparing cases diligently and meticulously. After graduating with his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law, he worked at the Public Defender’s office in Daytona Beach and passionately defended a broad range of misdemeanor and felonies, from DUI to serious crimes punishable by life in prison. He compassionately guides each client through the criminal process while vigorously advocating for their rights. 

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Buckmaster & Ellzey
200 Magnolia Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114-3275
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110 W Indiana Avenue
Suite 203
DeLand, FL, 32720
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Posted by Marj | October 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired Attorney Cantrell for my divorce on good advice. He and his staff had a way of putting me at ease. I was kept informed every step of the way. We had many obstacles thrown at us, but we managed to get the divorce over at the end of mediation instead of having to go to trial. I would use Attorney Cantrell again in a heartbeat...if I ever need an attorney again!!
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Posted by Concepcion | January 10, 2023
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Brian was amazing at getting everything done on time with my case. He was honest from the beginning. I was always informed on what was going on with my case. Everyone treated me and my daughter amazing. As soon as I asked for a mediation he scheduled one and I was divorced in a week. I couldn't have done it with out his help. He is very knowledgeable and dedicated.
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Posted by Endia | November 25, 2020
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Brian was an excellent lawyer and always kept me up to date on what was going on.I loved the way his whole crew works and they provide a friendly clientele services even when he isn’t around
Posted by John | October 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very caring and professional!
Brian helped me achieve a favorable outcome to a very bitter divorce and child custody case. It went on for a very long time, but Brian was there throughout the entire bumpy ride. Brian is a very caring and profession attorney with a great knowledge of family law. It was comforting to know I had him in my corner.
Posted by Kristen | February 7, 2014
Very informative, truly helpful, and highly recommended!
When I walked into the court room for my arraignment, I was concerned about my future and outcome of my charges... this was my FIRST drug offense, and my first Felony charges that I ever faced. More importantly, this was the FIRST time I couldn't hire a private attorney and was referred to a public defender. So needless to say, I was frightened of my destiny and what type of sentence I was going to walk away with. My charges were serious, I am a college grad, carrying a bachelor in Business Mgmt, and an Associates in Graphic Design. So after spending 6 years in college and 5 years as a Mortgage Broker, the LAST thing I wanted was to be a Convicted Felon and Drug Offender. I admit, I was in the wrong, and was prepared to take responsibility, but did not want to throw away the last decade of hard work and dedication away because I "got caught slippin" after falling off the band wagon and being careless for the last few months when life got trying, and I stopped just gave up on caring. Needless to say, once I met Brian, he gave me the chance to explain myself, and my situation. He listened, did not judge me, but instead, heard me out, so that he could consider my needs, weigh my options, and go up to bat for me against the state and my charges. Also, my mom was in the audience, I was not allowed to speak to her, or even look at her, he took the time to eplain all my options, make sure I understood the requirements of all possibilities, and made sure to relay the information to my mother, and forward my opinions to her so that we could, as a whole, come to an agreement and all be on the same page before I went up before the judge. I am so grateful for Mr. Cantrells patience, knowledge, understanding, and genuine concern for my best interest. This is my future, and my families future, that was on the line. I was looking at a max. of 10years in prison, and I went home that night, with probation that I will have completed within 12 months, and all charges will be J.W. once I complete my term. I am so happy with my outcome, and to be home with my children, and I give all credit to God, and my attorney. Thanks again, and again.
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Posted by Ted | April 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible experience.
I hired Buckmaster in Deland. Brian was the one that had my case. I had to fire them in about 30 days. They diid not even file a answer. He filed paper work about 2 weeks after it should have been done so it was so far after the fact it was useless. His assisted told me he was busy preparing for a trial She should have told me that before taking the large retainer that they kept and wont return. I asked his assistant if the diveorce would be done in 4 or 5 months and she said no. I hired a new attorney and in the first 3 hours they had more done than was done in the month before. Less than a week now and its almost setteled. I cat believe i hired them in the first place but live and learn. Some people are just there to screw you over. My opinion he was wprking on my wifes side. Again every thing i wrote happened but this is only my opinion.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Buckmaster & Ellzey
  • 2016 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender, 7th Judicial Circuit
  • 2010 - 2016


  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Volusia County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board of Directors
  • 2017 - Present
  • Volusia County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Dunn-Blount American Inn of Court
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Tennish Minute Divorce Consultation
  • Divorce
  • 2022
  • Leadership Daytona
  • Our Legal System
  • 2018
  • Our Legal System: The Process, People and Effects
  • Mock Trial Presentation
  • 2017
  • "Our Legal System"
  • Mock Trial Presentation
  • 2016
  • Dunn-Blount American Inn of Court
  • Impeachment of a Witness
  • 2016
  • Dunn-Blount American Inn of Court
  • Document Retention
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (5)
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Unknown Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working on a variety of cases with Attorney Cantrell as opposing counsel. He handles every case with the utmost diligence, professionalism, and intellect. Mr. Cantrell is an impressive advocate, both in litigation and negotiation. He represents each client in a zealous, efficient, and experienced capacity. I highly recommend Attorney Cantrell without reservation."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've always been very impressed with Brian's ability to negotiate difficult cases and represent his clients professionally in the courtroom. I recommend him without hesitation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Brian Cantrell is a consummate professional in the courtroom and out of the courtroom. Having had hundreds of cases with Brian, including several jury trials, I always found working with Brian to be a pleasant experience and professionally rewarding. I wholeheartedly endorse Brian."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cantrell is a dedicated and hard working attorney that will always fight for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Cantrell."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Brian Cantrell cares about his clients and always gives his best effort. His work is grounded in professionalism and he is focused on customer service. If you want an attorney that is willing to go the extra mile, Brian Cantrell is that attorney."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Mr. Cantrell for five years. He is a terrific litigator, is very intelligent, and most importantly he cares about his clients."
Family Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Brian began working for our firm in April. We recruited him while he was an Assistant Public Defender. We chose Brian because of his phenomenal reputation in the legal community and because of his well known legal skills. Since working with him I have been extremely impressed with his hard working attitude, and his attention to detail. Brian is a great lawyer and I am very excited to be working with him to help our clients with their criminal and family law needs."
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Daytona Beach Family Lawyer Brian Adam Cantrell
Brian Adam Cantrell
Family Attorney
Daytona Beach, FL
Licensed for 13 years