Brett E. von Borke

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(305) 964-8003

(786) 523-0485

vonborke@bucknermiles.com

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Brett is an accomplished trial lawyer focusing on complex business litigation, class actions, and personal injury in federal and state courts throughout the country.  His representations frequently involve both individuals and corporations in products liability, antitrust, consumer and securities fraud, fiduciary duty, wrongful death, trade secret, and deceptive/unfair trade practice claims.

Brett has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as one of Florida’s premier lawyers.  In 2010 and 2011, Brett was named by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” – an honor bestowed upon the top 2% of Florida attorneys as voted by their peers.  In 2011, at the age of 30, The Daily Business Review nominated Brett as a finalist for its Most Effective Class Action Lawyers Award for his work as Class Counsel in Hester v. Vision Airlines, (2009).  In 2012, the National Trial Lawyers Association recognized Brett as one of the top forty national trial lawyers under forty. In 2013, The Daily Business Review awarded Brett its Most Effective Aviation Attorney Award for his work on various aviation related cases. In 2014, Brett was recognized as an “Attorney to Watch” by Attorney At Law Magazine

Brett has substantial trial experience, including having served as second chair in several trials. For example, in 2010, Brett served as Class Counsel in Hester v. Vision Airlines, where he represented a Class comprised of airline pilots and flight attendants that flew into and out of the war zones in Baghdad, Iraq and Kabul, Afghanistan.  A jury awarded the Class more than $7 million in hazard pay that it determined the Class’ employer had wrongfully withheld.   In 2011, Brett served as second chair in the trial of Delta RF Technology v. Sunair Electronics, which involved a dispute over high powered amplifiers installed in NATO bases worldwide.  Brett, along with the other trial lawyer involved, successfully obtained a multi-million dollar award. Brett also served as Class Counsel in Gevaerts v.TD Bank, where he successfully represented a class of investors helping them recover more than $20 million lost in a complex international viaticals fraud.

Brett also has substantial trial experience in the area of environmental law.  Brett represented a prominent South Florida real estate developer in a lawsuit against three major public utilities companies for pollution dumped on the developer’s property in the 1950s.  Through the use of complex chemical finger printing, the chemical makeup of the pollution dumped at the developer’s property was analyzed and chemically matched with pollution found at the locations where the public utility companies operated.  At the conclusion of a six week trial, all of the public utilities companies entered into a confidential settlement with the developer.

Memberships

  • Florida Bar
  • New York Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States 9th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Southern, Middle, and Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern, Western, and Eastern District of New York
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Miami-Dade Justice Association

Awards and Honors

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star; Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • Daily Business Review, Finalist for Most Effective Class Action Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 40 Under 40
  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyer -Aviation (2014)

Education

  • B.A., summa cum laude, Boston College (2003)
  • J.D., cum laude, Boston College (2007)