Professional Experience - Andrew Prince Brigham - Florida Eminent Domain and Property Rights
Mr. Brigham has over twenty years of experience representing clients in both large and small cases. He is best known for work throughout Florida representing owners in jury trial proceedings.
Mr. Brigham is a third generation trial lawyer with experience in complex, high-profile cases involving real estate of many kinds. He is experienced in cases heavily litigated with land use and zoning issues and where use and value of real estate are at stake. He his both familiar with real estate appraisal theory and methodology used in land and industrial development of many varieties, and also knowledgeable in matters involving the highest and best use or contested title and ownership issues.
Mr. Brigham co-chairs the American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education (ALI-CLE) national seminar, Condemnation 101, and the CLE-International state seminar, Eminent Domain. He frequently lectures on eminent domain, property rights, and trial advocacy. He is an AV® Preeminent Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell in Eminent Domain. He was chosen a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics in 2007-2018 and chosen by his peers for inclusion as a “Legal Elite” in the State of Florida in the field of eminent domain, as recognized in Florida Trend Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Additionally, he is named in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® for years 2007-2014, and 2019. He is listed as Jacksonville’s Magazines’ Best Lawyer for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
As part of an ad hoc task force made up of lawyers representing property owners and condemning authorities, Mr. Brigham drafted revisions to the Florida Eminent Domain Code in 1998/1999 (Chapters 73 & 74, Florida Statutes). He testified before the Florida House and Senate in 2006 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn. resulting in both statutory reform and constitutional amendment. He recently participated in the 2011 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference sponsored by William & Mary Law School and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
Mr. Brigham’s energetic style of practice reflects his view that it is a privilege to protect the civil right of private ownership and that the practice of law is a high professional calling. Recently, Mr. Brigham achieved as lead trial counsel the largest jury verdict rendered in Florida state court eminent domain proceedings.
For more information concerning Mr. Brigham’s case results obtained for former clients, please see the Notable Cases/Case Results portion of this website.
Biographical Sketch – Andrew Prince Brigham
Mr. Brigham was born in raised in Miami, Florida, attending Miami Westminster Christian School, K – 12. He then graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL ) in 1988 with a B.A. in English Literature.
He received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, FL. He has been a member of the Florida Bar, admitted to practice in the State of Florida, since 1991. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for both the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
While practicing with Brigham Moore LLP, Mr. Brigham was a resident lawyer in the Miami and Tampa offices before opening the Jacksonville office of the firm in 1998. His practice has a statewide geographic reach.
Mr. Brigham is married to his wife, Debbie, also a Wheaton College graduate. They have three daughters, Lindsey, Abbie, and Emily, with the youngest in college. The “Brigham girls” enjoy music, each being accomplished in piano, with Emily also playing violin. The family attends Westminster Presbyterian Church, PCA.
Professional Experience - Trevor S. Hutson - Florida Eminent Domain and Property Rights
Trevor Hutson is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Northeast Florida. Mr. Hutson advocates for private property rights representing property owners in eminent domain settings as well as assisting landowners and developers in the real estate development process including land use and comprehensive planning, concurrency, zoning matters, and development agreements. His experience in both eminent domain and practical real estate development provide a unique perspective in eminent domain cases featuring land use, zoning, and highest and best use issues. Likewise, his experience in eminent domain, including the successful litigation of inverse condemnation cases against government entities, lends credibility to his real estate development practice. He earned a certificate in environmental law and graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law, following his time at Florida State University where he completed his B.A. in business management.
Mr. Hutson is admitted to practice in the United States Middle District of Florida, the Supreme Court of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Hutson loves spending time with his wife, Kristen, a speech therapist, and his daughter Mackenzie. He enjoys most outdoor activities including fishing, golf, and hunting.
Professional Experience - E. Scott Copeland - Florida Eminent Domain and Property Rights
Scott Copeland is a Georgian who was raised in the Jacksonville area. Mr. Copeland is an associate who is dedicated to the protection of Constitutional property rights and its defense against eminent domain. He graduated from Liberty University School of Law following a career in pastoral worship. Mr. Copeland also clerked for the Honorable William D. Palmer in the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
Mr. Copeland is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Florida, both the United States Middle District of Florida and the United States Northern District of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.
Mr. Copeland and his wife, Brandi, have three daughters and one son. He enjoys music, both vocal and instrumental performance, reading, and spending time with his family.
Professional Experience - Brett S. Tensfeldt - Florida Eminent Domain and Property Rights
Raised in Northeast Florida, Brett Tensfeldt has long appreciated the environmental diversity our State offers. Today, Mr. Tensfeldt enjoys working with property owners to ensure their rights of ownership are protected. He has worked with owners of properties large and small, rural and urban, as well as commercial and residential. Mr. Tensfeldt’s practice includes experience in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and Bert Harris Act litigation.
Mr. Tensfeldt received his B.S., summa cum laude, from Florida State University, where he was involved in many extracurricular activities, including serving as chapter president of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He then attended William & Mary Law School, where he was elected to serve three years on the Student Bar Association, competed with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and enjoyed membership on the Environmental Law and Policy Review. Mr. Tensfeldt interned with Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal, as well as prominent law firms in Richmond, Virginia and Tallahassee, Florida.
Mr. Tensfeldt is admitted to practice in the United States Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Supreme Court of Florida.
He enjoys membership and volunteer opportunities with his local Rotaract chapter, spending time with loved ones, and attending Jacksonville Jaguars home games.
Professional Experience - Christopher C. Bucalo - Florida Eminent Domain and Property Rights
Raised on the Space Coast of Florida, prior to entering the legal career, Chris was in the mortgage foreclosure industry and spent several years in the Caribbean fishing professionally. He has assisted Mr. Brigham with two federal trials in 2018. Mr. Bucalo's practice includes experience in eminent domain, lien foreclosure defense and fraud litigation.
Mr. Bucalo received his B.A., from the University of Central Florida where he minored in legal studies. He then attended University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where he was served on the Journal of Law and Public Notice and attained the highest level pro bono certificate. Mr. Bucalo interned with United States' Magistrate Judge Monte C. Richardson in the Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Bucalo is admitted to practice in the United States Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the Supreme Court of Florida.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Cait, an elementary school teacher, as well as travel, golf and fishing.