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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

  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Tampa’s Bay Area Legal Services, pro bono legal services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay (Executive Board of Directors)

Recognition

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

Industries

Education

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

Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Publications
  • Co-authored an article on hazardous waste regulations for the Continuing Legal Education Section of The Florida Bar
News
  • The Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Tampa’s Bay Area Legal Services, pro bono legal services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay (Executive Board of Directors)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Board Member of the Year
  • 13th Judicial Circuit Court's Pro Bono Committee, H.A.V.E. A HEART and Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program - Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation in Tampa, 2009-2019; Litigation - Construction in Tampa, 2011-2019; Litigation - Environmental in Tampa, 2011-2019; Litigation - Land Use and Zoning in Tampa, 2011-2019
  • Florida Trend magazine - Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers (2006-2019)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal Eagle, Franchise Times Magazine (2018, 2019)