In 1950, E.F.P. Brigham became a pioneer in the field of eminent domain/condemnation when property that he owned in Miami was condemned by Dade County. Brigham argued that Florida’s constitutional guarantee of “full compensation” required reimbursement of an owner’s costs in eminent domain proceedings to be paid by the condemning authority so that the owner would be made whole. The issue was ultimately decided by the Florida Supreme Court in the landmark decision of Dade County v. Brigham (pdf document available for view) which determined that Florida’s state constitution requires condemning authorities to reimburse owner’s costs in eminent domain proceedings under color of state law.
In 1960, E.F.P.’s son, Toby Prince Brigham, founded a firm devoted to exclusively defending owners in eminent domain and property rights cases. The law firm eventually became Florida’s oldest and largest law firm providing eminent domain/condemnation representation for private owners affected by government takings and intrusive land use regulations. The rich tradition of Brigham Moore LLP at its zenith expanded to five offices across the state with 21 lawyers defending property rights throughout Florida.
In 2012, Andrew Prince Brigham, following more than twenty years of law practice of his own with Brigham Moore LLP, is founding a new law firm that is respectful of such heritage and devoted to representing property and business owners in matters of eminent domain, property rights, or real estate litigation/consultation. He, along with a team of trained professionals, continues with a statewide practice solely devoted to representing private owners, not the government. The name of this new firm is Brigham Property Rights Law Firm PLLC.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 Bar 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, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 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, and 2011. Additionally, he is named in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America® for years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. 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, spanning both college and high school ages. The “Brigham girls” enjoy music, each being accomplished in piano, with Emily also playing violin. The family attends Westminster Presbyterian Church, PCA.