Brian D. Solomon, Esq.
Bar Admissions and Education. Florida Bar (1989), Florida Northern and Middle Federal District Courts, and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Rollins College Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs (1985) and juris doctor degree from the University of Florida, College of Law 1988.
Expertise. Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 2005. Certification requires significant experience in construction law, peer review, extensive continuing legal education, and written testing. Member of the Florida Bar Construction Law Committee. Served eight years as Osceola County Planning Commissioner. Adjunct Professor, Valencia College, Paralegal Studies Program (Civil Litigation I, Civil Litigation II, Legal Technology and Business Organizations).
Experience. Solomon has represented clients in the following areas of law:
- Construction: represented general contractors, trade contractors and property owners in all aspects of the construction industry, including contract drafting and review, construction liens, construction bonds, public construction bid protests, disputes with insurance carriers, construction defects, water intrusion, construction material failures, warranties, and licensing.
- Bankruptcy: represented companies through Confirmation of Chapter 11 Plans of Reorganization. Also represent debtors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 reorganization for individuals.
- Commercial Litigation: contract disputes, non-compete agreements, construction defects, fraud, civil RICO, debtor/creditor, trade-secrets, trademark infringement and banking malfeasance.
- Insurance: extensive background in workers compensation insurance premium, classification codes and experience modification disputes; prosecuted premium fraud and complex premium collection cases on behalf of nationwide insurance companies; insurance coverage disputes.
- Civil Rights Litigation: represented claimants in race and age discrimination claims against governmental entities; defended law enforcement in alleged violations of civil rights; represented claimants in race, gender and age discrimination cases; represented employers in sex discrimination cases.
- Governmental: administrative proceedings before Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board, Florida Department of Insurance, City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, Osceola County and Brevard County.
- Landlord/Tenant: review and draft commercial and residential lease agreements; represent landlords and tenants in commercial and residential evictions; defend landlord liability actions.
Litigated and tried cases in eighteen Florida counties/circuit courts, the State Court in Travis County, Texas, the Federal District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Northern District of Alabama, the Southern District of Georgia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
A sample of experience and results of interest include:
- successfully defended general contractors in multi-million dollar actions brought by developers alleging construction defects causing water intrusion damage on several apartment complexes.
- successfully represented a Texas corporation sued in Florida by a school board for defective roofing panels installed in the construction of a high school.
- successfully represented an underground utilities contractor in a counterclaim for damages incurred as a result of defective materials installed in underground lift stations.
- represented six insurance industry organizations against corporations and eleven individuals in Palm Beach County, Florida for violations of the Federal RICO act, fraud and conspiracy. Resolved novel theories of personal jurisdiction of the Florida Courts over several of the individual non-resident defendants based on joint venture, partnership and alter ego theories. Two days before trial, settled and collected damages totaling $5,750,338.00.
- represented nineteen firefighters in a federal court action for race discrimination against their county employer. Negotiated and settled two days before trial for advancement in rank and money damages in the amount of $750,000.00.
- represented a Fire Department Battalion Chief in an action brought in Federal Court under the Age Discrimination Employment Act where the client was successfully reinstated to his position.
- represented insurance executive in ten week long Age Discrimination Employment arbitration resulting in an award of compensatory damages for the client.
- successfully overturned Brevard County’s denial of time credit toward retirement from a former full-time employee who was changed to part-time.
- represented in Travis County Texas three nationwide insurance companies against a transportation company, its officer and an affiliated insurance agency under Federal RICO, fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract which resulted in collection of $4,200,000.00 in damages.
- successfully represented client in the Northern District of Alabama and collected damages totaling $7,150,000.00.
Personal Background. Born and raised in Central Florida. The youngest of six children, Solomon worked from the time that he was old enough to push a broom at the family’s paint and body shop and 24-hour wrecker service. After high school, he served as a missionary from 1981-1983 in Guatemala, Central America. As a married man and father, Solomon worked through undergraduate and law school in various areas of employment, including fiberglass fabrication at Walt Disney world, video game repairman, bank clerk, roofing, air-conditioning installation, and clam digger in the Indian River.