James Brady


Mr. Brady is a partner in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. He is an AV-rated attorney with over 37 years of a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors. His background includes representation of several municipalities and public boards. He remains the city attorney for a South Florida municipality for which he has been city attorney for over 31 years, during which time he has provided counsel in the areas ranging from labor, civil rights, zoning and land use law to the areas of common legislation and daily policy-making. Moreover, he has represented national and multi-national corporations in a multitude of endeavors.

From the private sector perspective, Mr. Brady has extensive experience in real estate and land use law, including providing transactional counsel and title advice in the acquisition, financing, zoning, development, and re-development of real property, through sales to institutional, corporate, and individual buyers. He has provided counsel and otherwise participated in various matters involving environmental regulations and law, coordinating with engineers and other experts to resolve real and alleged environmental problems.

He also represents issuers and recipients in bond and housing assistance financing. Rounding out his practice, he has conducted and continues to actively conduct non-jury and jury trials in the state and federal courts, as well as prosecuting and defending appeals from such courts.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Virginia

Professional Activities and Achievements

Mr. Brady has been city attorney for the City of Lauderdale Lakes since 1975. He presently serves as consulting-associate city attorney for the City of Miami Gardens. He has also served as special counsel for the City of Cooper City. Previously, he represented the City of Hacienda Village, as city attorney, and the City of Tamarac, Florida, as an assistant city attorney. Mr. Brady is a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Bar of the District Columbia, and the Virginia State Bar Association. In addition to serving on a variety of civic boards and committees, he has served ten-year terms on the Broward County Planning and Zoning Board, the Historic Preservation Board of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency.


  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D. with honors)
  • Florida Atlantic University (M.A. in Education)
  • Florida Atlantic University (B.A.)