Karl J. Brandes

Karl Brandes practices in the areas of civil trial and commercial litigation. His trial and mediator experience includes state and federal court work in the following areas: petroleum marketing, franchise and other trade regulation; class actions; environmental; construction for engineer, architect, contractor and developer clients; condominium; professional liability for lawyer and engineer clients; computer; personal injury, including insurance and self-insured defense; toxic tort; product liability; insurance coverage disputes; and real property, which includes extensive land use work. His state and federal court service as a mediator is even more diverse and includes labor and employment disputes. Mr. Brandes serves as the practice coordinator of the firm's Florida business solutions team.


  • Co-authored an article on hazardous waste regulations for the Continuing Legal Education Section of The Florida Bar

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar 
  • Hillsborough County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Tampa’s Bay Area Legal Services, pro bono legal services
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay (Executive Board of Directors)


  • 13th Judicial Circuit Court's Pro Bono Committee, H.A.V.E. A HEART and Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program - Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
  • Florida Trend magazine - Legal Elite
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction
  • Florida Super Lawyers