Brian Shrader is the founder of Shrader Mendez & O’Connell. His focus is on litigation and trials relating to all of the firm’s four practice areas. Brian has an AV Rating by Martindale Hubble, reflecting the highest rating by his peers and judges. In addition, Brian was selected as a multiple-year Superlawyers Rising Star, an honor reflecting a peer review rating in the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40. As a respected trial attorney, Brian has been hired by other law firms to consult regarding litigation strategy and conduct trials on their client’s behalf.
Prior to starting Shrader Mendez & O’Connell, Brian was a founding partner of Centrone & Shrader, a National Partner at a large multi-national firm, and a prosecutor. Prior to being a licensed attorney, Brian interned at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal and consulted with legal scholars in Jamaica as part of a Caribbean Law Clinic.
Brian’s has been recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida for his commitment to pro bono work. As part of his pro bono projects, Brian sought and obtained an executive clemency, signed by President Obama, granting freedom to a federal inmate originally sentenced to life. Brian has lectured at Stetson University College of Law’s Bankruptcy Law Clinic regarding consumer law and at The University of Tampa regarding white collar crime. He is also a multi-year speaker at the Federal Bar Associations Federal Sentencing Guidelines Seminar. In addition, Brian is a published author in the areas of criminal law and business compliance with international treaties.
Brian Shrader began his legal career as a prosecutor for the State of Florida. He has handled over a thousand criminal cases and conducted nearly 200 criminal trials in front of both judge and jury. As do most prosecutors, Brian started in a misdemeanor and DUI unit; however, Brian was later selected to handle a specialized division of sensitive domestic violence cases. After almost a year of serving as a domestic violence prosecutor, Brian was promoted to a division handling all types of serious felony crimes, such as burglary, aggravated battery, drug trafficking, robbery, firearm offenses, and attempted murder.
Brian was later promoted to the Economic/White Collar Crime Unit where he worked on various white-collar crimes, including insurance and mortgage fraud. Through a grant from the State of Florida, Brian also oversaw a specialized Workers Compensation Fraud Unit.
Brian has dedicated himself to a career defending those accused of crimes in both state and federal court. Brian has assisted defendants accused of crimes ranging from possession of marijuana to murder. In addition, Brian has experience handling multinational drug smuggling defense, racketeering defense, and complex internal white-collar corporate investigations.
After leaving the prosecutor’s office, Brian became a senior trial attorney at a consumer protection law firm. There he managed a high volume of litigated consumer protection cases against some of the largest corporations in the world. Litigation against large law firms became his regular practice and he regularly took cases to trial against banks and debt collectors. Brian’s consumer practice also includes Multi-District Litigation, class actions, and representing Chapter 7 Trustees.
Brian now regularly helps consumers turn the tables on harassing debt collection practices, predatory lending, and bankruptcy discharge violations.
Whether it is a slip and fall, or a catastrophic automobile accident, Brian Shrader is prepared to take on the insurance company goliaths that will deny or undercut what you are owed. Brian brings his prior experience on the defense of personal injury claims, including representing those in the trucking industry, to representing clients harmed by the negligence of others. His diverse litigation experience and being willing and able to take a case to trial, no matter the challenges, makes Brian an ideal attorney for those seeking compensation.
Brian has earned a reputation as a leading attorney on domestic and international contract disputes including disputes governed by the United Nations International Convention for the Sale of Goods.
Since co-founding Shrader Mendez & O’Connell, Brian has obtained million-dollar judgments on his client’s behalf against businesses in international business disputes. His practice has included post-judgment collections of judgments against businesses through levy, writs, and proceedings supplemental.