Geoff Brodersen is a partner with the firm, practicing in the firm’s Pensacola office. His practice is focused in Real Estate, Business and Corporate Law, and Commercial Litigation. To that end, he represents clients in matters relating to claims against insurance companies, which include bad faith, personal injury, premises liability, property disputes, wrongful death and automobile and trucking accidents. He also has experience handling contract litigation, maritime and Longshoreman claims, employment disputes, benefit claims, commercial appraisals, and appellate work. Regarding his corporate practice, he provides advice, strategy, and counsel to corporate and businesses involved in various real estate transactions and disputes. As a function of his litigation practice he also has represented clients in appellate matters.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1999 from the University of the South and received his Juris Doctor from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2005. where he received book awards in Toxic Torts, Environmental Law, Criminal Procedure and State and Local Government, was a Dean’s Scholar and served on the school’s Honor Court. During law school, Geoff gained professional experience interning with the City of Jacksonville’s environmental quality division and with the Mayo Clinic’s office of general counsel. Prior to law school, Geoff worked in the Washington, D.C. area for a political consulting firm developing Political Action Committees for corporations.
Geoff began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for the 1st Judicial Circuit of Florida, prosecuting misdemeanor and felony cases. In addition to numerous bench trials and hearings, Geoff was lead counsel on multiple jury trials at both the misdemeanor and felony levels.
After gaining extensive courtroom and trial experience as a prosecutor, Geoff joined a multi-state firm focusing on the defense of civil (non-criminal) claims. Civil litigation often involves claims made against insurance policies and insurers, and Geoff’s practice focused on the defense of those claims, which involved several areas of law including bad faith, personal injury, premises liability, property disputes, wrongful death and automobile and trucking accidents. Geoff also has experience handling contract litigation, maritime and Longshoreman claims, employment disputes, benefit claims, commercial appraisals, and appellate work.
Upon joining Shell, Fleming Davis & Menge, Geoff’s practice broadened to include providing advice, strategy and representation to corporate and individual clients and businesses involved in real estate transactions and disputes, zoning, contract development, review and drafting of contracts and agreements, employment issues, commercial and business transactions and disputes, and construction litigation. That experience includes representing clients at hearings, depositions, mediations and trials, as necessary. Geoff practiced with Shell, Fleming, Davis & Menge until the firm closed its practice on December 31, 2019.
Geoff also has experience with appellate work, handling cases in Florida’s District Courts of Appeal, the Federal District Courts and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal. Representative cases include: 316, Inc. v. Maryland Cas. Co., 625 F. Supp. 2d 1187 (N.D. Fla. 2008); Priller v. Southern Fidelity Insurance Company, 2013 WL 870588 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013); Bank of New York Mellon v. Rubin, 2014 WL 2874347 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014); and Waterhaven Owners Associaiton, Inc., v. Atlanta Simplicity Vinyl Systems, Inc., et. al., 2020 WL 430319 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020).
Mr. Brodersen is admitted to the Florida Bar, and is an attorney with over 15 years of legal experience who maintains a broad civil practice focusing on real estate, civil litigation, contracts and business and commercial law. In his service to his clients, Geoff has acquired years of experience in providing value-based advice and strategy.