Credentials & Qualifications
In 1996, Brais Law Firm's founding attorney Keith Brais obtained his first ever Florida Bar certification in the field of maritime and admiralty law, and every five years since, he has successfully renewed his certification. Before beginning his career as a litigator, however, Keith Brais had substantial firsthand experience with marine employment. He graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. degree in marine engineering, obtained multiple maritime work certificates and three US Coast Guard licenses, and spent more than seven years working as a merchant seaman aboard commercial ships and offshore oil rigs.
At Brais Law Firm, we believe in giving back to the maritime community. Keith Brais is a member of several different maritime associations and mariners clubs: the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (where he has lectured).
Prospective maritime litigants are often overwhelmed with choice when it comes to securing legal assistance. These litigants may not be aware of the overall landscape of maritime and admiralty law, and the disadvantage of moving forward with a “general practice” firm. Maritime and admiralty law is highly-specialized — to such an extent, in fact, that the Florida Bar requires that attorneys be board certified in the field in order to practice.
Brais Law Firm is focused on providing intelligent, client-centered advocacy in the field of maritime and admiralty law. We have close ties to the maritime industry and maritime culture at-large. This continuous, deep level of engagement is perhaps most evident in our credentials and qualifications.