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Brent G. Siegel

Founding Partner

Biography

As the founder of a practice that would one day become the SHR Law Firm, and having been Board Certified by the Florida Bar Association in business litigation since 1998, Mr. Siegel is a seasoned civil litigator with nearly 40 years’ experience practicing in state and federal courts throughout the state of Florida. He focuses his practice primarily on business, contract, estate and trust disputes, and has also successfully handled a number of significant personal injury, wrongful death and products liability cases.  As a result of his success as a civil litigator for the last 30 years Mr. Siegel has earned and maintained the highest possible AV (preeminent) Martindale Hubbell rating, a distinction reserved for the top 10% of attorneys nationwide.

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Mr. Siegel has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Business Litigation since 1998, less than 1% of Florida attorneys earned that distinction and only two attorneys in Gainesville hold that distinction, the other one is Charlie Hughes, his partner.

Mr. Siegel is qualified by the Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Center as Mediator in the Seventh & Eighth Judicial Circuit Courts of Florida.

Mr. Siegel has also been listed as a Super Lawyer and ranked as a Best Attorney by US News & World Report.

Mr. Siegel enjoys spending his free time outside of the office boating and saltwater fishing with his wife and three children.

Areas of Practice

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL MATTERS – 
  •  Breach of Contract & Contract Disputes
  •  Business Dissolution
  •  Shareholder/Derivative Actions
  •  Partnership Disputes
  •  Insurance Litigation
TRUSTS AND ESTATES – 
  • Estate & Will Disputes
  • Lack of Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Trust Disputes
REAL ESTATE – 
  • Land Use Disputes
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Residential and Commercial Lease Disputes
  • Construction Defect
  • Sale and Purchase Disputes
TORT
  • Personal Injury 
  • Wrongful Death
  • Manufacturing Defect
  • Inadequate/Defective Design, Motor Vehicles & Aircraft
  • Agency Liability
  • Sexual Abuse of Children by Catholic Priest
  • Wrongful Death by Inadequate Supervision
  • Premises Liability
  • Airline/Trucking

Representative Matters

  • Mr. Siegel & Ms. Collins successfully represented an elderly widow in her dispute with a national developer regarding her family’s condominium. The dispute included lawsuits filed in multiple courts and as well as arguments before various governmental agencies and bodies. After more than a year and a half of litigation, the parties mutually resolved the dispute through a confidential settlement. See Links for articles below:
  • Mr. Siegel obtained a jury verdict of over $1,000,000.00 for the owner of an automobile dealership in a dispute regarding the sale and interim management of the dealership
  • Mr. Siegel & Mr. Hughes obtained and collected a judgment after trial of nearly $500,000.00 for a founding partner who the court found was improperly ejected from a partnership.
  • Mr. Siegel successfully represented a physician in a multi-day bench trial resulting in a judgment determining that a non-competition agreement with the physician’s former practice did not prevent the physician from continuing to practice medicine within the county of the practice.
  • Mr. Siegel & Mr. Ross obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict for a family member after the elderly and ailing parents were influenced by another family member to make dramatic changes to their lifelong estate plans. Mr. Ross authored an article on will contests and undue influence which was published in the Florida Bar Journal in 2019.

LINK TO ARTICLES:

Widow sues Westgate over last-standing condo fight

Westgate vs. widow – might vs. rights

Widow sues Westgate over last-standing condo fight

Honors & Distinctions

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation since 1998
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator since 1998
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bench-Bar Committee (1991-1998)
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee (1989-1991, 1994-1997 and 2007-2009; chairing that committee in 1991, 1997 and 2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory “AV” Preeminent rating (top 10% of attorneys)
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer 2019 & 2020
  • Best Lawyers, US News & World Report Rankings

Bar Licensure and Court Admissions

  • Florida Bar Association, 1982
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Education

Louisiana State University, BA

University of Florida, JD

University of Florida, MS in Urban and Regional Planning

Awards & Certifications

Awards & Certifications

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