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Licenses & Certificates

United States Coast Guard Licenses (Inactive)

Mineral Management Service Certificate

MMSS-OCS-TI: Driller Level Certificate, Well Control, Surface Stack & Subsea Stack, Blow-Out Prevention Course, 1984

Presentation & Scholarly Writings

Marina Agreements at a Glance

Salvage Claims at a Glance

Covered Losses, Exclusions and Burdens of Proof

Ship’s Medical Negligence: Respondeat Superior or Strict Liability?

Plowing Your Way into Environmental Liabilities in South Florida

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

Partner - Brais Law Firm

Helping people regain their lives is not work but, rather, a challenge that brings with it great personal satisfaction.

Having graduated with a B.S. 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 his clients’ personal injury and wrongful death claims.  His engineering degree, licenses, marine experience, legal expertise and trial skills provide invaluable benefit to clients when describing to a judge or jury the unsafe and hazardous conditions giving rise to an injury or death..  Keith S. 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 (1996-present). His additional peer reviewed credentials and awards include: “AV” Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (2001-present – top 10% of all attorneys), the highest rating attainable, Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Society (2015-present – top 1% of all lawyers), Florida’s Legal Elite (2015-present – top 1.7% of all lawyers), Best Lawyers (2020-present), U.S. News “Best Lawyers” (2020-present), Super Lawyer (2008-present – top 5% of all lawyers), America’s Top 100 High States Litigator (2020-present), U.S. News “Best Law Firms – Maritime” (2020-present – top 5% of all lawyers) and recipient of the 2016 Top 100 Verdicts Awards and Top Florida Maritime Verdict Award.

State Court Admissions

  • Florida
  • Massachusetts

Professional Membership & Activities

Professional Awards & Acknowledgments