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Karl Brandes practices in the areas of civil trial and commercial litigation. His trial and mediator experience includes state and federal court work in the following areas: petroleum marketing, franchise and other trade regulation; trademark disputes; class actions; environmental; construction for engineer, architect, contractor and developer clients; condominium; ADA accessibility; professional liability for lawyer and engineer clients; non-compete agreement disputes; computer; personal injury, including insurance and self-insured defense; toxic tort; product liability; insurance coverage disputes; and real property, which includes extensive land use work. His experience as a mediator in state (where he is Supreme Court certified in Circuit Civil) and federal court is even more diverse and includes labor and employment disputes. Karl currently serves as the firm’s Florida Pro Bono partner.

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Publications
  • Co-authored an article on hazardous waste regulations for the Continuing Legal Education Section of The Florida Bar
News

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Civic

  • Tampa’s Bay Area Legal Services, Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay - Executive Board of Directors

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • ​Commercial Litigation (2009-2020), Litigation - Construction (2011-2020), Litigation - Environmental (2011-2019), Litigation - Land Use and Zoning (2011-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Board Member of the Year, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 13th Judicial Circuit Court's Pro Bono Committee, H.A.V.E. A HEART and Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Legal Eagle, Franchise Times Magazine (2018-2020)
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2019-2020)

Industries

Education

  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    J.D., 1981
  • University of California, Berkeley
    A.B. in Economics, 1977

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Publications
  • Co-authored an article on hazardous waste regulations for the Continuing Legal Education Section of The Florida Bar
News

Professional

  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Civic

  • Tampa’s Bay Area Legal Services, Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay - Executive Board of Directors
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • ​Commercial Litigation (2009-2020), Litigation - Construction (2011-2020), Litigation - Environmental (2011-2019), Litigation - Land Use and Zoning (2011-2020), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2006-2020)
  • Board Member of the Year, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 13th Judicial Circuit Court's Pro Bono Committee, H.A.V.E. A HEART and Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Legal Eagle, Franchise Times Magazine (2018-2020)
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2019-2020)