Overview

Brian A. Briz is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Miami office, focusing primarily in the areas of international, cross-border and commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving Latin America. He has broad experience representing domestic and foreign clients in complex, commercial disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and in ad hoc arbitration proceedings under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules.

Mr. Briz also has experience defending banks, broker-dealers and registered representatives in numerous securities litigation and arbitration disputes in federal and state courts as well as before FINRA Dispute Resolution. He has also defended several domestic and foreign clients in copyright and trademark disputes, and represented various media outlets in media and First Amendment disputes in federal and state courts.

Experience

  • Representing a global banking and financial services firm in a dispute concerning negotiable instruments issued by a Central American central bank
  • Represented the seller of a South American company in an ICC arbitration proceeding against a European company regarding an M&A dispute involving alleged breaches of representations and warranties
  • Represented an international food commodities trader in a breach of contract dispute against an agency of a foreign state brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)
  • Defended an Asian agrochemical company in an ICDR arbitration proceeding regarding an earn-out and purchase price dispute arising from the acquisition of a Latin American company
  • Defended a European bank in a putative class action brought by Latin American investors who had invested in a Madoff feeder fund
  • Represented a Latin American distributor in an ICC arbitration proceeding against an Asian manufacturer of orthopedic implants and instruments arising from alleged breaches of various joint venture agreements
  • Represented a Spanish travel and cruise company in federal court and in a related ICDR arbitration proceeding regarding a dispute arising from a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of a South American company
  • Defended a European manufacturer of cargo-handling machinery in an agency agreement dispute with a Latin American distributor
  • Represented a Latin American telecommunications equipment provider in a CIETAC arbitration proceeding regarding an agency agreement dispute with a Chinese telecommunications company

  • Representing an international operator and franchisor of quick service restaurants against misappropriation of idea and fraud claims
  • Represented an international supplier of steel pipes and steel pipe fittings in a federal court proceeding against various individuals brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for alleged misappropriation of company funds through a phony invoice scheme
  • Defended a major investment bank and several of its directors in a securities fraud suit brought by a failed start-up company 
  • Defended leading securities firms and their registered representatives in numerous arbitrations involving claims for securities violations, fraud, negligence, churning, unsuitability and unauthorized trading

  • Defended a global beverage company in a copyright infringement suit over lyrics used in an international marketing and advertising campaign
  • Defended a travel-related marketing company in a federal jury trial in a trademark infringement action brought by a competitor
  • Defended a haircare products company in a trademark infringement suit brought by a competitor arising from marks used in connection with multiple haircare products
  • Represented several companies in actions to enforce or challenge non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and in disputes involving the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets

Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Miami, BBA, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Memberships
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Y-ADR Steering Committee Member 
  • American Bar Association, Member of Litigation and International Law Sections
  • The Beacon Council - Young Leaders Taskforce, 2008-2009
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Member of Business and International Law Sections
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Miami, 2011-2012
Honors & Awards
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, International Law, 2019
  • The Legal 500 Latin America, International Arbitration, 2016-2019
  • Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2009, 2011, 2013-2018
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

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