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Gary L. Brown

Partner

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Overview

Gary Brown is a Partner and Business Unit Leader of the firm’s Construction Practice Group. Gary focuses his practice on complex commercial and general business litigation. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law.

Overseeing the firm’s construction practice, Gary assists businesses in both complex and routine matters with substantial experience in construction-related issues. He has tremendous experience handling construction matters in state and federal, trial and appellate courts, throughout Florida. He has conducted numerous trials and arbitrations to a successful conclusion for his clients. Gary is well versed in handling matters related to contract drafting and negotiation, dispute resolution, Florida’s construction lien law, payment and performance bond claims, construction and design defect claims, delay, inefficiency, and acceleration claims, and insurance/coverage disputes.

Gary also represents municipalities and local governments in all aspects of public works projects including procurement documents, bid protests, and construction and design agreements.

In 2015, Gary published the first edition of a book with the Daily Business Review (an ALM Media company) titled Florida Construction Defect Litigation. Now in its fourth year, the book addresses the legal framework surrounding construction defect claims including typical claims and defenses, contractual considerations, standards of care for contractors and design professionals, the applicability of insurance and surety bonds, the role of experts, arbitration of claims, the keys to successful mediation of construction disputes, and finally, the proper measure of damages in defect cases. In addition, Gary is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law where he teaches a course on Construction Law.


  • Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • Nova Southeastern University, B.A., with distinction, 1991
  • Successfully represented large institutional owners, municipalities, general contractors and major subcontractors in the prosecution and defense of multimillion-dollar wrongful termination, construction defect, design defect, and insurance coverage claims, as well as bid protests on multimillion-dollar public works projects.
  • Successfully represented privately held companies in shareholder derivative suits over corporate restructuring and sale of company shares.
  • Successfully represented a local title company in defense of multi-million dollar claims by a national institutional lender for an alleged loan-kiting scheme.
  • Board Certified, The Florida Bar – Construction Law


Practice Areas




Accolades, Associations & News

  • Best Lawyers®, “The Best Lawyers in America©”, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, 2021 -2022
  • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, “Top Lawyer”, Construction Law, 2020 – 2021
  • Chambers & Partners USA, “Construction,” 2021
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers”, 2012 – 2021
  • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, “2020 Top Lawyer”, Construction Law, 2020
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Florida “Super Lawyers”, Construction, 2010 – 2019
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up & Comer”, 2011

Professional Associations

  • Florida Design and Construction Professionals (FLDCP), Member
  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member
  • Engineering Contractors Association (ECA), Member
  • Construction Law Committee, The Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Governmental Affairs Committee, Construction Association of South Florida (CASF), Past Member
  • Construction Law Committee, Broward County Bar Association, Past Member
  • Publications Subcommittee, The Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Past Member
  • Legislative Affairs Subcommittee, The Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Past Member
  • Past Chair, Jury Instructions Subcommittee, The Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section

Community

  • Volunteer Judge, Moot Court Society, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
  • Speaker, “Adjusting Construction Defect Claims,” July 2021
  • Speaker, “CD Coverage Issues & Defense of Claims,” September 2020
  • Speaker, “Proving Construction Contract Damages: Maximizing Claims, Seeking Equitable Relief, and Recouping Attorney’s Fees,” Strafford, August 2020
  • Speaker, “Price Structuring in Construction Contracts: Advantages and Pitfalls of GMP, Cost-Plus, & Fixed Cost Contracts,” Strafford, April 2020
  • Speaker, “Advanced Construction Law,” LawPracticeCLE, January 2020
  • Speaker, “Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers,” National Business Institute, March 2019
  • Speaker, “Construction Contract Law From Start to Finish,” MyLawCLE, February 2019
  • Speaker, “If You Build It, They Will Sue! Are You Properly Protected?,” Construction Association of South Florida, January 2019
  • Panelist, “Construction Defect Litigation – 101 Webinar,” Financial Poise, June 2018
  • Speaker, “Surviving Construction Project Disasters – Navigating The Legal Waters,” Clear Law Institute, May 2018
  • Speaker, “Construction Project Disasters: Deals Gone Bad CLE,” National Business Institute, April 2018
  • Speaker, “The Impact of the Right Use of Experts in Construction & Design Defect Cases,” 11th Annual Construction Law Institute, Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, March 2018
  • Speaker, “Construction Law: Ultimate Bootcamp Webinar,” Palm Beach County Bar Association, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Construction Liens in Florida,” National Business Institute, May 2015
  • Speaker, “Construction Contracts: Negotiating Key Provisions,” National Business Institute, December 2014
  • Speaker, “Construction Defect Litigation From A to Z,”
    National Business Institute, January 2014
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of a Defect,” National Business Institute, March 2013
  • Speaker, “Managing Contract Changes/Handling Changes to Jobsite Conditions,” National Business Institute, 2008

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