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.

Admiralty Law Committee of The Florida Bar-Member

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Keith Brais is a member of the Standing Committee for the Florida Bar. All members are appointed by the Florida Bar’s President-elect of that incoming year. The scope and function of the Admiralty Law Committee is to study and keep members of the Bar informed of recent developments in the field of admiralty law. The committee along with the Rules Committee reviews and studies the portions of the Federal Rules of Procedure and United States Code relating to admiralty matters. The committee also reviews local rules relating to admiralty matters in the various United States district courts in Florida. The committee may study and consider matters in the area of admiralty law and procedure as may be developed b y the committee or assigned by the president or Board of Governors and assist in developing continuing legal education courses for persons designated in admiralty law. The committee meets twice a year to discuss current topics of admiralty law facing Florida Lawyers.

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“AV” Rated with Martindale-Hubbell

The Highest Rating Available for Legal Ability & Integrity

Keith Brais is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (the international listing of attorneys). The rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. As a consequence, the firm is rated AV with Martindale-Hubbell.

Martindale-Hubbell has been in the business of helping consumers to select skilled and professional attorneys for over 140 years. Martindale-Hubbell evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada. Importantly, the rating opinions solicited by Martindale-Hubbell are collected randomly from the Bar and the Judiciary. Each person completing a review form must attest to knowing the applicant and his or her opinion regarding the applicant’s ethics and skills is kept completely confidential.

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Bachelor of Science Degree – Marine Engineering

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In 1981 Keith Brais graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy (“MMA”) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. With years of real life merchant seamen experience, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering, three U.S. Coast Guard Engineering licenses and 20 years specializing in the field of maritime law, board certified admiralty & maritime attorney Keith Brais brings to the judge or jury deciding your case an unprecedented appreciation of the dangers associated with maritime travel and marine employment.

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Board Certified Maritime Lawyer

Keith Brais is a Board Certified with the Florida Bar in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law. Board Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and professionalism in practice. From 1996-Present, Keith Brais and passed the first ever Florida Bar certification examination in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law. In each of the five-year intervals following, Keith Brais again re-qualified and renewed his board certification which currently remains valid through May 31, 2021. As such, he has been board certified in this highly specialized area of law for 20 years. Only practitioners with sufficient years practice and experience in the maritime field are allowed to sit for this certification.

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Seventy - Years Collective Trial Experience

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Keith S. Brais

Began practicing law in 1988.

Eliot T. Brais

Began practicing law in 1990.

All told the firm provides its clients know how and trial experience that spans more than 70 years!

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Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Member & Lecturer

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Keith Brais is a member of the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club (“FLMC”). FLMC was formed in 1989 and is a non-profit, non-political organization among maritime industry professionals and attorneys to encourage high standards of business practice throughout the community and to provide a forum to improve the marine industry in South Florida.

The focal point of the Club’s activities is the marine seminar held prior to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October of each year. The first marine seminar, held in 1989, was attended by more than 150 people. Today, the seminar draws more than 500 participants from all walks of the marine community. The interesting slate of speakers, coupled with the opportunity for attendees to interact with each other in a vibrant setting, had made the marine seminar a truly international event.

In 2002 and 2006 the Club’s member honored Keith Brais by requesting that he lecture at the fall seminar. “To Deny Coverage or Not Deny Coverage” was the paper presented at the 2002 seminar, discussing various underwriting issues when deciding to accept coverage for marine losses. Read the Complete Paper. “Plowing your Way Into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida” was the paper presented at the 2006 seminar, discussing liabilities, defenses and insurance coverage issues associated with striking and grounding incidents in National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries. Read the Complete Paper.

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Maritime Law Association of the United States-Proctor Member

Keith Brais has been a “Proctor in Admiralty” of the Maritime Law Association (“MLA”) since 1998. The objective of the MLA is to, among other things, advance reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States. The MLA membership consists of lawyers involved in maritime matters, judges active in matters involving admiralty issues, admiralty law professors, and non-lawyers who are selected because they hold responsible positions in the maritime field and have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of maritime law or its administration. The designation "Proctor in Admiralty" is of ancient origin and applied to lawyers entitled to handle maritime litigation. The designation was continued in the American colonies and, until recently, in our federal court system. Though no longer in official usage, "Proctor" is intended by the MLA to designate the most distinguished class of membership for practicing maritime attorneys.

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Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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Achieved by <1% of all Attorneys

Keith Brais is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. This honor has been achieved by Mr. Brais several times. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 3,000 members throughout the country. Less than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. The firm’s main office is in Miami, Florida from where it handles cases throughout the state of Florida. The firm also maintains satellite offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas, where the firm’s attorneys are also licensed to practice law.

We represent victims of accidents and negligence on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. To reach our AV-rated law firm and Board Certified attorneys you may call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype “BraisLaw” worldwide or click Contact Us to complete a form and receive a free evaluation of your case.

Seven Years Aboard Offshore Oil Drilling & Exploration Rigs

Keith Brais, perhaps more than any attorney, appreciates the dangers associated with working offshore. After graduating from Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering, Keith Brais was recruited by the world’s largest off-shore oil drilling and exploration contractor, which at that time was SEDCO. As a part of his training, he began working as an engineer trainee eventually moving through the ranks from roustabout, roughneck, derrick hand and finally an assistant driller (second in command of drill floor operations). In the course of his training, Keith Brais acquired an MMSS-OCS-TI: Well Control, Surface Stack & Subsea Stack, Blow-Out Prevention (“BOP”) Course, Driller Level Certificate.

He worked in the Mediterranean, off the West Coast of Africa and in the Gulf of Mexico on essentially every known type of offshore drilling platform. Keith Brais’ experience includes time working directly on Cameron blowout preventers, tripping pipe, running casing, lowering and raising sub-sea BOPs, setting cement plugs, testing wells and all other aspects of oil drilling and exploration.

All told, Keith Brais sailed off-shore for seven years. With years of real life merchant seamen experience, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering, three U.S. Coast Guard Engineering licenses and 20 years specializing in the field of maritime law, board certified admiralty & maritime attorney Keith Brais brings to the judge or jury deciding your case an unprecedented appreciation of the dangers associated with maritime travel and marine employment.

The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute-Member & Lecturer

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Keith Brais is a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (“SEALI”). SEALI was formed 1968 for the purpose of organizing a forum for the discussion of admiralty and maritime law and its practice and administration, among practitioners in the ports of the Southeastern United States. Regular membership is limited to attorneys admitted to practice in the states of: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Maryland. Attorneys from other states and any citizen of the United States who is not an attorney may join under special membership status. Each year SEALI holds a seminar at which leading maritime practitioners meet and earn Continuing Legal Education credits. In 2006, Keith S. Brais was selected by his fellow SEALI members to present a paper entitled, “The Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act: Pitfalls for the Unwary.” Read the Complete Paper.

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Super Lawyer 2008 - Present

Achieved by <5% of all Attorneys

Keith Brais has been selected by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” three years in a row. The objective of Super Lawyers “is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.” In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyer a rigorous, multiphase process is utilized. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. To read more about the process by which attorneys are selected, please click Super Lawyers.

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United States Coast Guard

Three United States Coast Guard Licenses

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We've experienced first-hand the rigors of working in the marine field, and the dangers associated with offshore employment. We know maritime law and marine industry safety standards to obtain the compensation you deserve after a marine casualty.

Florida Legal Elite

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Keith Brais has been selected by his peers as a “Florida Legal Elite.” Florida Legal Elite presents a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers, attorneys who exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues.

Florida Trend invited all in-state members of the Florida Bar to participate in the voting process. Multiple announcements publicized the ballot deadline and voting guidelines. Lawyers were asked to name attorneys whom they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others.

The ballots were processed, checked and tabulated by Bradenton-based Outsource America and EA Fernbacher LLC in St. Petersburg. Each lawyer was given a score based on the number of votes he or she received, with more weight given to votes from outside the firm. The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

The resulting lists represent fewer than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.

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