• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
      J.D., Graduated with Honors, 2000
    • University of Florida
      M.A., Graduated with Honors, in Journalism, 2000
    • University of Florida
      B.A., Graduated with Honors, in Journalism, 1996
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • CLERKSHIP+

Bret M. Feldman

Bret Feldman is a board-certified construction lawyer practicing in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. He specializes in resolving construction disputes for clients through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, or mediation. His clients typically include project developers, engineers, architects, contractors, sub-contractors, material suppliers, property owners, and condominium and homeowners’ associations. In addition to drafting and negotiating construction contracts, he has litigated cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, design or construction defects, insurance coverage and defense, negligence and professional negligence, unjust enrichment, construction liens, non-competes and product defect litigation. He regularly appears in Florida’s state and federal courts.

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Bret Feldman is a board-certified construction lawyer practicing in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. He specializes in resolving construction disputes for clients through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, or mediation. His clients typically include project developers, engineers, architects, contractors, sub-contractors, material suppliers, property owners, and condominium and homeowners’ associations. In addition to drafting and negotiating construction contracts, he has litigated cases involving claims for breach of contract, breach of warranty, design or construction defects, insurance coverage and defense, negligence and professional negligence, unjust enrichment, construction liens, non-competes and product defect litigation. He regularly appears in Florida’s state and federal courts.

Mr. Feldman has served as developers’ counsel in numerous design defect and construction defect claims, many involving the statutory warranty under Chapter 718, Florida Statutes. He has represented design professionals and contractors in construction disputes with owners and has served as counsel for owners and associations in claims against developers, contractors, and designers. He has also defended engineers against claims of negligence and breach of contract for their work on Environmental Site Assessments.

Mr. Feldman has both prosecuted and defended construction lien claims on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and owners. He regularly assists clients by preparing construction contracts on behalf of both owners and contractors.

Mr. Feldman regularly evaluates insurance agreements to identify potential coverage for construction claims and has been retained by various insurance companies to defend insured parties against design and construction claims brought by third-party claimants.  He counsels insurers on coverage in commercial general liability and professional liability policies, and evaluates and litigates insurance liability in construction defect matters. 

As a board-certified attorney, Mr. Feldman is part of a small group of highly qualified attorneys in Florida. Only about seven percent of attorneys achieve board certification, which is the highest level of evaluation of proficiency and experience given by the Florida Bar. Board-certified attorneys go through a rigorous process to become specialist in their chosen fields, including showing significant involvement in their fields, receiving a passing grade on a required exam, and undergoing a successful peer review of competence, character, ethics and professionalism.

In the community, Mr. Feldman is a graduate of Leadership Tampa’s Class of 2014, and a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni. Members of Leadership Tampa are business/professional people who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations, have demonstrated a concern for community issues, and volunteered their time with service and professional organizations. The selection process is rigorous and competitive for each of the 50-60 seats available in each class. Mr. Feldman also serves as an alternate member of Tampa’s Variance Review Board (VRB), which is charged with granting code variances pertaining to zoning, signage, and tree/landscape regulations. Mr. Feldman serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), and provides legal counsel to the non-profit entity.  As part of his service to MOSI, Mr. Feldman helped develop the largest children’s science center in the country, MOSI’s “Kids in Charge!”

Experience

  • Florida counsel for international condominium conversion developer defending against statutory warranty, construction defect, design defect, and various tort claims brought by condominium associations. 
  • Lead counsel for architect of $40 million assisted living facility in Virginia defending design defect claims in arbitration and mediation.
  • Lead counsel for various condominium and homeowners’ associations pursuing design and construction defect litigation against national developers.
  • Lead counsel for environmental consultant defending breach of contract and professional negligence claims involving Environmental Site Assessments.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law and Trial Lawyer Sections
  • Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
  • Justice William G. Terrell American Inn of Court
  • Museum of Science and Industry "MOSI" (Advisory Board Member); MOSI CIRQLE (Council Member); MOSI Kids in Charge! (Co-Founder)
  • City Council of the City of Tampa, Variance Review Board (Full Board Member)
  • Leadership Tampa (Class of 2014)
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Florida Trend magazine - Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers (Top 100 Lawyers in Florida, 2015-2017; Top 50 Lawyers in Tampa Bay, 2015, 2016)