Brandan J. Pratt

Brandan J. Pratt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Huth, Pratt & Milhauser
 | 2500 N. Military Trail, Suite 312
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-392-1800
Fax: 561-392-3535
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Brandan J. Pratt, Esq. CFP® 

Mr. Pratt is a managing partner at Huth, Pratt & Milhauser in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Pratt focuses his practice on trust, estate and guardianship litigation.  Mr. Pratt has earned his BS from the University of Illinois, his CFP from Florida State University, and his JD from Marquette University Law School, Cum Laude.  He is originally from Chicago, and worked as a civil engineer and construction manager for a large real estate developer in Chicago before attending law school.  During law school, Mr. Pratt was a research assistant to the head Dean of the law school and worked as a law clerk for judges in both the Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the Ozaukee County Circuit Court. 

Mr. Pratt began his legal career working at a firm that focused on trust and estate litigation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  To increase his knowledge of financial matters, Mr. Pratt earned a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and went on to attain the Certified Financial Planner® designation. Mr. Pratt continued to focus on trust, estate and guardianship litigation when he moved his practice to Boca Raton.  Mr. Pratt handles all aspects of litigation from drafting pleadings, attending hearings, taking depositions, attending mediation, participating in arbitration, attending trials, drafting appellate briefs and giving appellate argument.  He has handled countless trials and appeals in various Circuit Courts, District Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Florida.

Mr. Pratt has significant experience outside of practicing law. He has served on the boards of various industry groups including the South Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association, the Financial Planning Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, and the Society of Financial Service Professionals of Palm Beach County. He is also involved in the Broward County Estate Planning Council, the Boca Raton Estate Planning Counsel, and the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Pratt is a frequent author and lecturer.  In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Professor at Keiser University, teaching courses in criminal law, real property, contracts, and wills, trusts and estates.   

About Brandan Pratt

Admitted: 2005, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.hpmlawyers.com/brandan-j-pratt.html

Honors/Awards:

  • American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Trusts & Estates Lawyers Under 40, 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, National Advocates, 2016
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2017
  • American Law Society, America’s Top Lawyers, 2018
  • Graduated Cum Laude, Marquette University Law School
  • AVVO Rated 10.0/10.0 - Superb (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Trial Advocacy Skills Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • Attorney to Watch, Attorney at Law Magazine, 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, National Advocates, 2018
  • Moot Court Champion, Marquette University Law School
  • CALI Award - Legal Writing, Marquette University Law School
  • Rising Star - Trust & Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, National Advocates, 2017
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2018
  • American Law Society, America’s Top Lawyers, 2017
  • CALI Award - Legal Research, Marquette University Law School
  • CALI Award - Creditor Debtor Law, Marquett University Law School
  • Rising Star - Trust and Estate Litigation, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 - Trusts & Estates, The National Advocates, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida Bar, 2005
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • Florida Notary Public
  • Federal District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Wisconsin Bar, 2005

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. 2013-2014.
  • Director of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association 2015 - Present
  • Member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Law Scection, Trust & Estate Litigation Committee, 2006-Present  
  • Member of the Estate Planning Counsel of Broward County.  2008 - Present
  • Vice President of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.  2012-2013.
  • Past-President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals' Palm Beach County Chapter. 2013-2014.
  • Co-Chair of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Probate Committee
  • Director of the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section.  2005-2008
  • Attorney-Trust Officer Liaison Conference Planning Committee.  2009 - 2013
  • President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals' Palm Beach County Chapter.  2012-2013.
  • Member of the Boca Raton Estate Planning Counsel, 2013 - Present
  • Member of sub-committee drafting/modifying statutes on burden of proof in trust contests.  2011-2012
  • Member of the South Palm Beach County Bar Association Probate Committee. 2008 - Present
  • Director of the Financial Planning Association's Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter.  2011- 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker: “Dealing with Clients Experiencing Diminished Capacity, Part 2” Society of Financial Service Professionals of Palm Beach County, Boca Raton, January 31, 2013.
  • Speaker: "The Nuts and Bolts of Contested Guardianships" The Attorney Trust Officer Liaison Conference, Naples, June 23, 2012.
  • Speaker: “Dealing with Clients Experiencing Diminished Capacity” Society of Financial Service Professionals of Palm Beach County, Delray Beach, January 19, 2012.
  • Speaker: "Dealing with Elderly Clients, Incapacity Warning Signs, Causes, and Progression - Legally What Can You Do?" Financial Planning Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Florida, April 27, 2012.
  • Speaker: “You gotta know the rules if you wanna play the game” Florida Paralegal Association, Boca Raton, August 11, 2011.
  • Author: “Determining the Reasonableness of Attorney’s Fees And Costs In Probate and Trust Proceedings” The Florida Bar, ActionLine, Winter 2017-2018.
  • Author: “Amending Petitions in Contested Probate Proceedings” South Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Advocate, Spring 2018, 2018

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Zimmet v. Winkler, 226 So. 3d 846 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017)
  • Eisenpresser v. Koenig, 239 SO. 3d 90 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Winslow v. Deck, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D1696 (Fla. 4th DCA August 2, 2017)., 2017
  • Wagner v. Hibbitt, 975 So. 2d 1151 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008)
  • Schilling v. Herrera, 952 So. 2d 1231 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007); Schilling v. Herrera, 962 So.2d 337 (Fla. 2007)
  • Ashburn v. Cleary, 958 So. 2d 939 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Author "Amending Petitions in Contested Probate Proceedings" South Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Advocate, Winter 2017-2018  
  • Author "Disposition of Personal Property at Death" South Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Advocate, Spring 2018  , 2018
  • Adjunct Instructor in Wills, Trusts & Estates, Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Property at Keiser Universiy.  2006-2007.
  • Author "What Happens to a Club Membership Upon the Death of a Member" South Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Advocate, Fall 2018  , 2018
  • Author:  “Legal Standards for Testamentary Capacity” South Palm Beach County Bar Association, The Advocate, Winter 2016-2017, 2016
  • Study Abroad: Sydney Australia, Barcelona Spain, Innsbruck Austria

Educational Background:

  • Marquette University Law School, Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, 2004
  • Florida State University,Tallahassee, Florida Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, 2008
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2001  

Industry Groups

  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Of The South Palm Beach County Bar Association Probate Committee
  • Director Of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter
  • Director Of The South Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Director Of The Young Lawyers Section
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Former Director Of The Broward County Bar Association YLS
  • Former Director Of The Financial Planning Association Of Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • Former President Of The Society Of Financial Service Professionals Of Palm Beach County
  • Former President Of The South Palm Beach County Bar Association YLS
  • Member Of Sub-committee Drafting/modifying Statutes On Burden Of Proof In Trust Contests
  • Member Of The Attorney-Trust Officer Liaison Conference Planning Committee
  • Member Of The Estate Planning Counsel Of Boca Raton
  • Member Of The Estate Planning Counsel Of Broward County
  • Member Of The Florida Bar Trust & Estate Litigation Committee
  • Member Of The Real Property Probate And Trust Law Section
  • President Of The Palm Beach County Chapter
  • Society Of Financial Service Professionals
  • Trust & Estate Litigation Committee
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Office Location for Brandan J. Pratt

2500 N. Military Trail
Suite 312
Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Last Updated: 1/7/2019

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