Keith BraisPartner - Brais & Associates, P. A.
“Helping people regain their lives is not work but, rather, a challenge that brings with it great personal satisfaction.”Download VCardEmail me
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, acquired three U.S. Coast Guard licenses and worked on offshore oil drilling platforms for more than seven years, Keith Brais brings an uncommon degree of real world experience to clients’ maritime claims and accidents. His unique maritime education and experience, combined with his professional legal expertise and trial skills provide invaluable benefit to clients when describing the dangers associated with maritime employment to a judge or jury. Keith Brais is one of a very specialized group of lawyers in the State of Florida that is Board Certified in Maritime and Admiralty Law by the Florida Bar. Additionally, Keith Brais holds an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating attainable.
J.D., New England School of Law, 1990
Massachusetts Maritime Academy - B. S., Marine Engineering, 1981
Federal Court Admmission
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Middle & Southern District Courts of Florida
District Court of Massachusetts
State Court Admissions
Professional Membership & Activities
Maritime Law Association ("MLA") of the United States - Proctor Member
Cruise Line and Passenger Ships Committee of the MLA
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute - Member & Lecturer
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's Club - Member & Lecturer
Propeller Club of the United States (Port of Miami) - Member
Professional Awards & Acknowledgments
United States Coast Guard Licenses (Inactive)
U.S. Coast Guard, 3rd Eng. License, Unlimited HP, Steam, 1981
U.S. Coast Guard, 3rd Eng. License, Unlimited HP, Motor, 1981
Mineral Management Service Certificate
Presentation & Scholarly Writings
Covered Losses, Exclusions and Burdens of Proof
Presented in 2008 to Marine Underwriters and Practicing Maritime Attorneys... View the complete presentation slide show
Ship's Medical Negligence: Respondeat Superior or Strict Liability?
Presented at the 2006 International Council of Cruise Lines 2006 Legal & Insurance Seminar, in Washington, D.C.... View the complete presentation slide show
Plowing Your Way into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida
Presented at the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club 2006 Seminar... Read the complete paper View the complete presentation slide show
The Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act: Pitfalls for the Unwary
Presented at the 2006 Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute's 2006 Seminar in Savanna, Georgia... Read the complete paper
To Deny Coverage or Not Deny Coverage: Questions Underwriters Must Ask When Deciding to Accept a Marine Claim
Presented at the 2002 Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club 2002 Seminar... Read the complete paper
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