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 2007-2016 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. 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 the Jacksonville area. Mr. Hutson is an associate who specializes in permitting, zoning, comprehensive planning, and trial law. He graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law following a B.A. in business management at Florida State University.
Mr. Hutson is admitted to practice in the United States Middle District of Florida and the Supreme Court of Florida.
Mr. Hutson is married and has a daughter with his wife, who is a speech therapist. He enjoys most outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and golf.
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 both the United States Middle District of Florida and the United States Northern District of Florida.
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
Brett Tensfeldt was raised in the Jacksonville area. Mr. Tensfeldt, the firm's youngest associate, is dedicated to our more rural clients throughout the state. Brett graduated from William & Mary Law School where he achieved honors in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, the Student Bar Association where he was Chief of Staff, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. He also interned with Chief Judge Cory J. Ciklin in the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Mr. Tensfeldt is admitted to practice in the United States Middle District of Florida, the United States Northern District of Florida, and the Supreme Court of Florida.
Mr. Tensfeldt's interests include traveling, following college football, and playing softball.