Managing Shareholders: Steve Brannock, Celene Humphries, and Ceci Berman
10 lawyers focusing exclusively on appellate practice
5 lawyers board certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice
3 lawyers ranked in Chambers for appellate litigation
2 former appellate judges
Brannock Humphries & Berman is a Florida-based litigation boutique focusing entirely on appellate law and trial support. With a team of ten experienced lawyers, including two former appellate judges, Brannock Humphries & Berman is the largest firm in the state of Florida specializing in appellate law. The firm handles all types of state and federal appeals, ranging from complex commercial disputes to high-stakes personal injury litigation. Complementing the firm’s appellate work, its lawyers often provide trial support—handling the big-ticket legal arguments presented by important cases and framing the key issues appropriately for appeal.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Brannock Humphries & Berman has the experience to win the endgame. The firm has handled hundreds of appeals, and its lawyers have appeared in the United States Supreme Court; the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Federal United States Circuit Courts of Appeals; the Florida Supreme Court; and every Florida District Court of Appeal.
The firm’s experience includes appeals in virtually every subject area of the law, both civil and criminal. Its lawyers regularly handle complex commercial appeals, constitutional litigation, land use disputes, family law appeals, and high-stakes personal injury appeals. Its clients include individuals, businesses (small and large), municipalities, bankruptcy trustees, governmental agencies, and public utilities.
A successful appeal starts with building a great trial record. Brannock Humphries & Berman specializes in partnering with trial lawyers to prepare for a win at the appellate level. The firm’s ten lawyers, all of whom are effective trial court advocates, help prepare for a successful appeal by researching and analyzing the key legal issues in the case, and then writing and arguing the dispositive or significant motions. Brannock Humphries & Berman helps ensure that arguments are preserved for appeal by drafting jury instructions and by handling directed verdict motions. Once the verdict arrives, the firm’s lawyers routinely appear with trial counsel to address post-trial motions.
The firm’s trial support work ensures that the case has been properly postured to present to the ultimate decision-maker: the appellate court. Equally important, the firm’s focus on the legal issues in the case frees up the trial lawyers to focus on what they do best: the presentation of the story of the case to the jury.
THE BRANNOCK HUMPHRIES & BERMAN LEGAL TEAM:
Brannock Humphries & Berman’s highly credentialed legal team has the experience to handle any matter of any complexity in any substantive area of the law. The firm’s ten appellate lawyers have a combined 250 years of experience on both sides of the bench. Five of the firm’s lawyers are board certified in appellate practice by the Florida Bar. Many of the firm’s lawyers have held positions of high distinction within the Florida Bar, including two lawyers who have served as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section, and others who have served as Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee, Vice Chair of the Civil Rules Committee, and Chair of the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.
The firm’s lawyers are frequent writers and lecturers on appellate topics. Two have joined the firm after distinguished careers as Florida appellate jurists. One of these former jurists has written the leading treatise on appellate practice in Florida, a reference work that is used by virtually every appellate lawyer and judge in the state.
Brannock Humphries & Berman is also committed to community service and pro bono work. One of the firm’s lawyers has won the Tobias Simon pro bono award, the highest statewide award for pro bono service in Florida. Another coordinates appellate work statewide for the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and has launched an award-winning pro bono initiative repeatedly featured in The Florida Bar News. Many of the firm’s lawyers have donated hundreds of hours to pro bono causes. Others are mentors for students and have spearheaded community initiatives.
And the firm’s bench is deep. Even the firm’s youngest lawyers have already argued in trial and appellate courts throughout the state, including the Florida Supreme Court. Two have chaired the local Appellate Practice Section and have already earned selection to the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section.
From top to bottom, Brannock Humphries & Berman serves its clients’ interests with skill, knowledge, and passion.