Attorneys at Law Since 1943

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U.S. District Court
Middle District of Florida
Southern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit


University of Miami School of Law, J.D.
cum laude

UM Inter-American Law Review

Southern Methodist University, B.A.
With Honors


AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America®,
Commercial Litigation, 2013 - Present

South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2009 - Present

Florida Super Lawyers, 2009, 2011 - 2014, 2017-2019

Super Lawyers Business Edition, Securities Litigation, 2014

Brian D. Elias
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Brian D. Elias


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Brian Elias' practice encompasses a wide range of civil litigation matters with particular emphasis on business disputes, employment, and Community Association matters. Brian’s practice is national in scope, having appeared before state and federal courts on a wide array of business litigation and arbitration matters. Highly regarded by his peers, Brian is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and rated AV Preeminentby Martindale-Hubell. Brian currently serves as a member and Chairman of the Board for the City of Miami Beach Planning Board.

Practice Focus

Brian is a commercial litigator whose  practice encompasses a broad range of business litigation and arbitration matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts involving a myriad of business litigation issues and when appropriate, resolves business disputes through negotiation and mediation, eliminating costs and risks of on-going litigation. Brian’s clients include some of the largest securities brokerage firms in the U.S. as well as a significant number of Florida Community Associations.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Representation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration, involving claims for injunctive relief and damages for violation of restrictive covenants, wrongful/constructive termination, whistleblowing, and raiding.
  • Lead national attorney defending against claims of fraudulent limited partnership sales.
  • One of Lead counsel defending against claims of fraud and negligence in the performance of clearing services.
  • Lead national counsel for corporations providing prospective employees with legal advice inaccordance with contractual and Trade Secret Obligations for purposes of employment transitions.
  • Resolution of hundreds of business disputes through negotiation and mediation, eliminating costs and risks of litigation.
  • Lead counsel for Florida Community Associations in a wide variety of litigation matters.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Miami-Dade Bar Association
  • City of Miami Beach Planning Board
    • Chairman and member, 2022-Present
  • Miami Heart Institute Research Center, Miami Heartthrobs
  • Miami Children’s Hospital, Hugs & Kisses Group
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation