Brian C. Willis

Brian C. Willis: Attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP


Brian is a real estate and business attorney with a focus on litigation. He has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Trend magazine, Creative Loafing, and the Tampa Bay Times.

Brian’s clients include owners, associations (Condominium, HOA, and Townhomes), national and regional commercial landlords, investors, businesses, property managers, receivers, trustees, developers, REITs, doctors and other professionals, and municipalities and other government agencies.

Brian regularly advises his clients and represents them in court on issues that arise from the ownership, operation, management, acquisition, leasing, and sale of residential, commercial, and undeveloped property.

Brian has experience working on cases locally, throughout Florida, and with parties or assets across the United States and the globe - including the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

Brian is a 3rd-generation Hillsborough County native with deep ties across the Tampa Bay community. He was appointed by the Hillsborough Aviation Authority to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization's advisory committee and by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and Mayor of Tampa to serve on the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority advisory committee.

Media Appearances

•Invest Florida Show (10.02.2017)
•WEDU - Florida This Week (04.28.2017)
•WEDU - Florida This Week (03.24.2017)
•Governing - Why 'Cardominiums' Should Be in Our Driverless Future (01.10.2017)
•Tampa Tribune - A $9 Billion Question (03.15.2015)
•WUSF - Florida Matters (06.14.2013)


Tampa Bay Business Journal, Up & Comer Award, 2010
•Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Florida Trend Magazine People To Watch, April, 2013

News Releases

06.08.2017 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2017 Florida Super Lawyers and 2017 Florida Rising Stars

02.13.2017 Brian C. Willis Spoke at American Bar Association Mid-Year Conference

06.09.2016 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2016 Florida Super Lawyers and 2016 Florida Rising Stars

10.13.2015 Brian C. Willis Discusses Small Town Urbanism at Pecha Kucha Night Tampa Bay

10.08.2015 Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Tampa's Urban Core Board Member Roundtable

06.12.2015 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and 2015 Florida Rising Stars

02.20.2015 Brian C. Willis Panelist at Tampa Bay Startup Week

02.05.2015 Brian C. Willis Vice-Chair of Metropolitan Planning Organization's Citizen Advisory Committee

06.20.2014 Kathleen G. Reres and Brian C. Willis Spoke to Leto High School Students

06.16.2014 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys named 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and 2014 Florida Rising Stars

06.11.2014 Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Appoints Brian C. Willis to Metropolitan Planning Organization's Citizen Advisory Committee

05.13.2014 Brian C. Willis Panelist at 83 Degrees Media Not Your Average Speaker Series

03.10.2014 Brian C. Willis Elected Secretary of the Board of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

01.28.2014 Brian C. Willis Selected as NLC fellow

11.07.2013 Brian C. Willis Speaks About Transportation Developments at Insight Tampa

06.13.2013 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named 2013 Florida Super Lawyers and 2013 Florida Rising Stars

05.14.2013 Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at Ignite Tampa Bay

04.22.2013 Brian C. Willis Guest Speaker at NAIOP Meeting

03.20.2013 Brian C. Willis Spoke at 17th Annual Downtown Development Forum

01.28.2013 Brian C. Willis Co-Founder and President of Connect Tampa Bay

12.11.2012 Brian C. Willis Elected to the Board of Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

05.14.2012 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Assist in Effort to Save Tampa Bay’s Friendship Trail Bridge

02.28.2012 Brian C. Willis Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP


July/August 2017 Resolving Disputes by Expert Determination: What Happens When Parties Select Appraisers, Accountants, or Other Technical Experts to Decide Disputes, The Florida Bar Journal (Vol. 91, No. 7)

July/August 2017 Holdover Tenants: Managing End of Lease Liability, HCBA Lawyer magazine

09.20.2012 Prejudgment Attachments and Fraudulent Conveyance Claims in Fidelity Litigation: Securing Assets Prior to Judgment-East of the Mississippi

2012 2012 Update on the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure

12.01.2011 Common Sense Tips to Avoid Financial Loss - Community Update

06.01.2010 Hillsborough County Transit Referendum: Market Minute Update - Net Lease Commercial Advisory

06.01.2010 Transit Talk: What will transit bring? - Urban Charrette

Events and Presentations

06.14.2013 Brian C. Willis on Florida Matters for WUSF

04.16.2013 Transportation Options for Tampa Bay, NAIOP Tampa Bay Watch

08.14.2012 Employment Law Update: For Executives, Managers, Business Owners and Human Resources Professionals

01.01.2012 Legal Analysis of Florida Supreme Court High Speed Rail Lawsuit, WTSP Channel 10

01.01.2012 TBARTA: A Connected Region for Our Future, Tampa Interbay Rotary and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce

01.01.2010 Florida Rules of Civil Procedure Update 2010, National Business Institute & West LegalEd Center


06.26.2017 Expert Determination

04.13.2017 Trial Court Erred by Weighing Credibility of Expert's Affidavit on Summary Judgment

02.16.2017 No Added Time For Mailing

01.03.2017 New Year, New Rules Amendments

10.17.2016 Juror Goes on Social Media Rant - No New Trial

10.10.2016 Claims in Amended Pleadings Relate Back - Not Time Barred

09.30.2016 Trial Court's Erroneous Handling of a Writ of Mandamus

05.18.2015 Summary Judgment overturned on finding that material facts in dispute

01.19.2015 Standard of Evident Partiality to Challenge Arbitration Award

12.24.2014 Mortgage Foreclosure Rules Amendments

12.01.2014 Failure to Check DMV Records Rendered Search for Defendant Inadequate

11.11.2014 New Trial As a Result of Inflammatory Closing Argument

09.30.2014 Congratulations to Jason Baruch

Areas of Practice (18)

  • Bankruptcy
  • Insolvency and Creditors' Rights
  • Commercial Landlord Tenant
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Community Associations
  • Federal Court Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Educational Religious Organizations
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Technology
  • Transportation and Distribution

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813.221.7165  Phone
813.229.1660  Fax
University Attended:
Florida State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 2004
Law School Attended:
George Washington University, J.D., 2007
Year of First admission:
2007, Florida; 2011, District of Columbia; United States District Court Middle District of Florida; United States District Court Northern District of Florida; United States District Court Southern District of Florida

Professional and Community Affiliations

•Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA)
•Connect Tampa Bay, past President and Co-Founder
•Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Vice Chair - Citizen Advisory Committee
•Downtown Partnership, Transportation Committee
•The Spring of Tampa Bay, Development Council, 2012-2013
•Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Board Member, 2013-2014
•Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Citizen Advisory Committee, 2010-2012
•St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, toy delivery
•Sulpher Springs Community Garden Project
•Plant High School, Guest Speaker

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; Successfully represented an international company in a jury trial to recover damages from the manufacturer of defective industrial packaging equipment.; Defended educational institution accused of racial discrimination in the selection and supervision of interns, resulting in favorable summary judgment ruling for the client.; Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling on behalf of land owner sued for criminal acts that occurred on adjacent property.; Investigated bank's compliance with Reg. W and Reg. O.; Recovered delinquent rents due to commercial shopping center owner after initiating litigation.; Obtained emergency injunctions on behalf of building owners to obtain access to residential units.; Defended closed circuit television station operator from defamation claims brought by outside vendor that was the subject of 'scam warning' broadcast.; Defended construction company sued by a former employee for defamation, resulting in favorable jury verdict.
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    • 4.7/5.0 (6 reviews)
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    • 4.8/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 05/08/13 in Landlord and Tenant Law

    • 4.8/5.0 Rated by a Marketing Partner on 05/05/13 in Complex Litigation

      Mr. Willis is excellent in his skills, his writing and is trustworthy. I don't know his length of complex litigation experience.

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