Brad F. Barrios

Personal Background

Brad Barrios was born in Tampa but raised in Naperville, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he worked as a financial analyst for Motorola for two years. Brad returned to Florida to attend law school at the University of Florida. While in law school, Brad was recognized as one of the “final four” competitors on the Justice Campbell Thornal Moot Court Team. He and his partner were awarded “best team” after arguing before the Florida Supreme Court. Brad also earned the Book Award in Trial Practice.

Upon graduation, Brad joined the national law firm of Akerman Senterfitt, where he practiced for four years. In early 2011, he decided to join his former partners Pedro Bajo and Tony Cuva at Bajo | Cuva | Cohen | Turkel. Brad has significant experience representing clients in business disputes, including commercial contract and tort matters in state and federal court. Brad regularly litigates intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright and trade secret claims for both plaintiffs and defendants. He also practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, Brad has significant experience prosecuting and defending class action claims and personal injury matters.

Education

  • University of Florida, J.D., 2006
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 2000
    • Major: Finance

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Awards and Recognitions

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-2017

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
    • TIPS Leadership Academy, 2012
    • Vice-Chair of Technology, Business Litigation and Trial Techniques Committees
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Trial and Litigation Section, Board Member, 2013 to present
    • Young Lawyers Division, Board Member and Pro Bono Chair, 2011-2013
    • Young Lawyers Division, Board Member and Secretary, 2010-2011
    • Young Lawyers Division, Law Week Committee, Chair, 2009-2010
  • Hon. Robert J. Simms High School Mock Trial Committee Member and Judge, 2010-2011
  • Trial Lawyers Section, The Florida Bar, Member

Notable Client Work

  • Represents entertainment industry client against movie studio in false advertising case related to the promotion of the movie War Dogs – Incarcerated Entertainment, LLC v. Warner Bros. Pictures, Case No. 8:16-cv-1302-T-35AAS (M.D. Fla. 2017).
  • Represented shareholders of government sponsored enterprise in lawsuit against big four accounting firm related to company audits and obtained confidential settlement.
  • Represented small business owner in false advertising case and obtained $500,000 settlement.
  • Represented health club company in trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets case.
    • You Fit, Inc. v. Pleasanton Fitness, LLC, 2013 WL 521784 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 11, 2013)
    • You Fit, Inc. v. Pleasanton Fitness, LLC, 2012 WL 7050985 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 31, 2012)
  • Represented restaurant in trade dress infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets case.
    • Vraiment Hospitality, LLC v. Binkowski, 2012 WL 1470309 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 27, 2012)
    • Vraiment Hospitality, LLC v. Binkowski, 2012 WL 1493737 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 19, 2012)
  • Represented client in trial involving claim for damages allegedly caused by stevedore.
    • Meridian Bulk Carriers, Ltd. v. Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62923 (M.D. Fla. July 22, 2009)
  • Represented client in trial involving breach of fiduciary duty and valuation of limited liability company membership.
  • Represented client in trial involving breach and specific performance of restaurant lease.
  • Represented internet affiliate marketing company in multiple matters, including class action lawsuit alleging deceptive and unfair trade practices, CAN-SPAM lawsuits and non-compete and other contractual matters.
  • Represented insurance company client in lawsuit against hospital and obtained summary judgment and award of attorneys’ fees in favor of client.

Community Involvement

  • Member of Stand Up Tampa, a group of millennial entrepreneurs and business people who actively work with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation to recruit and enhance opportunities for young people in Tampa