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Brian Goodrich

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Bentley Goodrich Kison, P.A.
783 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236-4702
Phone: 941-556-9030
Fax: 941-312-5316
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Estate & Trust Litigation
Attorney Profile

Brian Goodrich is an experienced litigator focusing his practice on complex civil litigation. His firm is based in Sarasota, Florida, and he provides representation to people and businesses throughout Sarasota County, Manatee County, Charlotte County and other parts of the state.

Mr. Goodrich’s general business litigation caseload has involved his representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving allegations of contract breaches, disputes among shareholders or partners, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, defamation, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud and various other business torts, and employment law matters.

Mr. Goodrich also handles real estate disputes involving litigation of easements, partition actions, construction litigation, homeowners’ association issues, and land use. Mr. Goodrich’s civil litigation experience has extended beyond the real estate area as well. His experience has included trust and probate matters, including breaches of fiduciary duties, will contests based on undue influence over the testator or the lack of testamentary capacity, judicial construction of trusts and wills, and disputes among heirs and other beneficiaries.

Admitted to practice in Florida since 2013, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Goodrich is very involved in the local bar association, serving as a Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court. In addition, Mr. Goodrich is a board member for the Safe Children Coalition, a non-profit Community-Based Care provider of education, prevention, diversion, and child welfare services including adoption and foster care.

In addition to being recognized by Florida Super Lawyers, Mr. Goodrich was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 inaugural edition of "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for his work in commercial litigation and recognized as an “Elite Top Attorney” by SRQ Magazine in 2020. In 2021, Mr. Goodrich received an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer rating standard by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is given exclusively to attorneys who are ranked and reviewed for their ethical standards, communication skills, and legal expertise.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Non-Compete Agreements, Will Contests


6 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022

About Brian Goodrich

First Admitted: 2013, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2017 – 2019
  • , AV Preeminent® Rating , Martindale-Hubbell®, 2021
  • , Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Presidents Award, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2016 – 2017
  • Book Award in Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiations
  • Book Award in Legal Drafting

Representative Clients

  • Successfully argued in front of Second DCA in injunctive relief case involving oral surgeons.
  • Successfully represented clients in Department of Business and Professional Regulation administrative proceedings and proceedings before the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
  • Successfully rescinded four deeds for properties which had been fraudulently transferred twice since owned by client after two-day bench trial.
  • Obtained a judgment in an airplane negligence case on behalf of Plaintiff in excess of $450,000.00 after two-day bench trial.

Educational Background

  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, B.A. cum laude – 2010, Major: Political Science

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Safe Children Coalition, Board Member, 2020
  • Sarasota County Gator Club, Secretary, 2018-2019 
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Member
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Chair, Law Week Committee, 2016-2017
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Co-Editor, The Docket, 2016-2017
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member of Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Secretary of Young Lawyers Division, 2017-2018
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, President-Elect of Young Lawyers Division, 2018-2019
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, President (2019-2020)
  • The Florida Bar – Business Law Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar – Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar – Trial Lawyers Section, Member
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
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Office Location for Brian Goodrich

783 South Orange Avenue
Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236-4702

Phone: 941-556-9030

Fax: 941-312-5316

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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