Mr. Brigham is a third generation trial lawyer with experience in complex, high-profile cases involving real estate of many kinds. He is experienced in cases heavily litigated with land use and zoning issues, where use and value of real estate are at stake. He is both familiar with real estate appraisal theory and methodology used in land and industrial development of many varieties and also knowledgeable in matters involving the highest and best use or contested title and ownership issues. With respect to eminent domain, Mr. Brigham has not represented the government or other condemning authorities (for example, natural gas pipeline or electrical transmission line companies), only property and business owners.
Mr. Brigham has over twenty-seven years of experience representing clients in both large and small cases statewide. He is best known for work throughout Florida representing property or business owners in eminent domain proceedings. Over his career, he has served as lead counsel in eminent domain jury trials in Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Flagler, Volusia, Marion, Orange, Escambia, Walton, Leon, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Martin, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties. He has also resolved a variety of eminent domain matters in additional counties such as Clay, Putnam, Bradford, Columbia, Santa Rosa, Washington, Bay, Hernando, Levy, Sumter, Osceola, Polk, Highlands, Brevard, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach Counties. His experience includes representing owners in evidentiary hearings such as hearings on orders of taking, bench trials in inverse condemnation, and appeals. Apart from eminent domain, Mr. Brigham has been retained in complex real estate litigation involving valuation, division, title, and use of real property. Mr. Brigham has also represented owners in past eminent domain takings concerning both Florida Gas Transmission Company Pipeline, Gulfstream Natural Gas System Pipeline, and Sabal Trail Natural Gas Pipeline in Florida.
Mr. Brigham co-chairs the American Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) national seminar, Condemnation 101, and the CLE-International state seminar, Eminent Domain. He frequently lectures on eminent domain, property rights, and trial advocacy. He is an AV® Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell in Eminent Domain. He was selected for inclusion by Thomson Reuters in the Super Lawyers Editions in 2007-2019 for business practice areas particular to construction, real estate, & environmental, which includes eminent domain. He was also chosen by his peers for inclusion as a “Legal Elite” in the State of Florida in the field of eminent domain, as recognized in Florida Trend Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2014. Additionally, he is included in Best Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America® for years 2007-2014, 2019. He is listed as Jacksonville Magazine’s Best Lawyer for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in 2009-2019.
Mr. Brigham is the Florida member of Owners’ Counsel of America, a nationwide network of eminent domain attorneys dedicated to defending property owners. You are invited to learn more about Owners’ Counsel of America at www.ownerscounsel.com
As part of an ad hoc task force made up of lawyers representing property owners and condemning authorities, Mr. Brigham drafted revisions to the Florida Eminent Domain Code in 1998/1999 (Chapters 73 & 74 Florida Statutes). He testified before the Florida House and Senate in 2006 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn. resulting in both statutory reform and constitutional amendment. He currently chairs the steering committee for the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference sponsored by William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.
Mr. Brigham is a graduate of Wheaton College, Chicago, Illinois (B.A., English Literature, 1988). He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (J.D. 1991). Mr. Brigham was admitted into the Florida Bar in 1991 and is also admitted to practice before the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of the United States District Court in Florida.
Mr. Brigham’s energetic style of practice reflects his view that it is a privilege to protect the civil right of private ownership and that the practice of law is a high professional calling.
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