Attorneys

Bradley S. Bell
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 Brad Bell is the founder of BLG and a long-time resident of Tampa, FL. He graduated high school from Berkeley Prep and received a double major in Economics and International Affairs from Florida State University. After college, Mr. Bell worked in the family business before attending South Texas College of Law where he excelled academically.

Mr. Bell began his legal career in 1999 as a staff attorney for the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida. After several years with the appellate court, Mr. Bell worked with several AV rated commercial litigation and insurance defense firms as both an associate and a partner before starting BLG in 2013. Mr. Bell has been involved in numerous jury and non-jury trials over the years in both the state and federal courts.

One hundred percent of Mr. Bell’s practice is focused on litigation. He prides himself on building strong relationships with his clients by keeping them informed and involved through all aspects of their case. This relationship encourages the client to ask questions and be heard throughout the litigation process. As a result, most of Mr. Bell’s clients return as future clients for years to come. Most of Mr. Bell’s clients (be they national or international corporations, insurance companies, local businesses or individuals) have been dedicated clients of Mr. Bell’s for years.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Arbitration
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Opinions
  • Securities Litigation

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Education

Florida State University, B.S., Economics and International Affairs, 1994

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1999

Admissions

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Construction Law Section, Hillsborough Bar Association

Trial and Litigation Section, Hillsborough Bar Association

Related Professional Experience

Law Clerk, Second District Court of Appeals, Florida


J. Bowen Brown
Partner





 Bowen Brown is a Florida native and long-time resident of the Tampa Bay area. He attended the prestigious School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in the nation’s capital and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a dual minor in Soviet Studies and African Studies. Mr. Brown received his Juris Doctorate in 1991 from University of Florida and obtained his law license that same year.

Mr. Brown began his career working for several AV rated insurance defense firms before joining one of the pioneering aging services defense firms in the state. He later left that firm to start his own firm defending assisted living facilities and nursing homes leading the Tampa office, but operating across the state. Due to client demand Mr. Brown took the Arizona bar in 2013 and passed in order to handle special cases for one of his clients in Arizona. Mr. Brown has tried and arbitrated many cases including taking multiple nursing home cases to verdict and award. Most recently Mr. Brown broadened his experience working for a multinational insurance company on medical and dental malpractice cases as well as premises liability, assisted living and aging services cases. Mr. Brown joined BLG in 2020.

Mr. Brown believes that interaction with the client pays dividends in the litigation resulting in successful resolutions and satisfied clients. He goes out of his way to offer tailored strategies for each lawsuit in order to accomplish the client’s ultimate goals. His goal is to ensure that the client is engaged in the development of ongoing litigation, as well as offering advice and education regarding what can be done to reduce future litigation.

Education

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, BS

University of Florida College of Law, JD, 1991

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1999

Admissions

Florida Bar

Arizona Bar (expired 2016)

US District Court Middle District of Florida

US District Court Southern District of Florida

Hillsborough County Bar Association


Matthew Schulis
Senior Associate





Matthew L. Schulis was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where he attended H.B. Plant High School. Following graduation, Mr. Schulis attended Florida State University. Mr. Schulis was active in Greek life at Florida State and a re-founding member of his fraternity. Mr. Schulis graduated from FSU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2004.

Mr. Schulis received his juris doctorate from Barry University College of Law in Orlando, Florida in 2008 and was admitted to the Florida Bar the same year. Mr. Schulis began his legal career in Brandon, Florida working primarily in the fields of consumer bankruptcy and civil litigation. He then returned to his hometown of Tampa and became Managing Attorney of prominent Florida Law firm where he concentrated on representing clients in consumer bankruptcy matters. Mr. Schulis later transitioned his practice to creditor’s rights representation, construction defect litigation, insurance defense and appellate practice. Mr. Schulis joined BLG in 2020.

Mr. Schulis’ areas of concentration include all aspects of business and complex civil litigation, construction defect litigation, contract disputes, bankruptcy, collections, and insurance defense. He prides himself on analyzing a case, finding solutions, and obtaining favorable and efficient solutions for his clients. He handles each case with passion, professionalism and is a true advocate.Mr. Schulis is an avid sports fan of FSU and Tampa Bay Buccaneer football and enjoys exploring the outdoors and Tampa Bay area.

Mr. Schulis is admitted to the Florida Bar, and to the following federal and appellate courts:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida