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Brian R. Denney

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in West Palm Beach, FL

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
2139 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Phone: 561-686-6300
Fax: 561-684-5707
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Florida Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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BRIAN R. DENNEY is a Shareholder at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has earned Florida Bar Board Certification in Civil Trial Law, the highest level of recognition for the competency and experience of a civil trial lawyer. Mr. Denney routinely works with individuals and families throughout Florida whose lives have been devastated due to the negligence of others. He takes pride in developing positive relationships with his clients in order to help them navigate through the legal process and better serve as their advocate at trial.

Mr. Denney has extensive experience litigating personal injury, wrongful death, automobile negligence, medical malpractice and products liability cases and has tried cases to verdict in each category. Recent results include a verdict in excess of $21 million against two tobacco companies in Escambia County; a verdict in excess of $1 million in Palm Beach County in a high-profile automobile negligence case on behalf of a college basketball player; a verdict of $720,000 in Palm Beach County in a challenging automobile negligence case involving aggravation of a pre-existing condition; a $3.5 million verdict in a wrongful death action on behalf of a 92-year-old surviving spouse in the first tobacco case tried in Highlands County; and a verdict in excess of $3 million on behalf of a victim of automobile negligence in Palm Beach County. Mr. Denney has also achieved settlement recoveries totaling hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases, some of which include airbag shrapnel injuries and theme park wrongful death cases.

In recognition of his skill and expertise, Mr. Denney has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2016 and Florida Super Lawyers since 2013. He has also been named as a Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide, Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, a Top 10 Attorney by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and in the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Florida Justice Association, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Palm Beach County Justice Association. Mr. Denney has also lectured on trial advocacy to lawyers and law students.

A native of West Palm Beach, Mr. Denney earned his undergraduate degree from Stetson University prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from Stetson University College of Law, where he was the recipient of the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award. He began his legal career in the general trial division of a well-known statewide law firm at its primary office in Tampa, Florida, where he gained experience in civil litigation and successfully tried cases to verdict.

About Brian R. Denney

First Admitted: 2000, Florida

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Florida Justice Association Mock Trial Competition in Tampa, Florida, Presiding Judge, 2010
  • Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2013

Representative Clients

  • All manner of personal injury and wrongful death clients throughout the state of Florida.


  • $1,094,034.33 verdict in Palm Beach County
  • $3,509,471.88 verdict in Highlands County against two tobacco companies., 2012
  • $2,100,000.00 medical malpractice case in Dade County (settled during trial)
  • $1,750,000.00 confidential settlement in Broward County wrongful death case
  • 21 million dollar verdict against two tobacco companies in Escambia County, 2010
  • $823,342.00 verdict in Broward County
  • $16,000,000.00 confidential settlement in Monroe County wrongful death case
  • $3,155,682.00 verdict in Palm Beach County
  • $720, 611.02 verdict in Palm Beach County in an automobile negligence case involving an aggravation of a pre-existing condition, 2010
  • claims bill argument before Florida Legislature Special Masters in Tallahassee resulting in passage of $3,900,000.00 claims bill
  • $3,000,000.00 confidential medical malpractice settlement on behalf of brain damaged baby girl in Hillsborough County

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker - Council of School Supervisors & Administrators - Protecting your Assets and your Health, an Injury Lawyer’s Perspective
  • Speaker - The Business of Insurance in Florida Seminar – Technology Update – 2001
  • Workers Compensation and Immunity Seminar – Intentional Torts and Coverage B – June, 2002
  • Speaker - Palm Beach County Justice Association SCOPE Seminar - Strategies on Cross-Examining the Opposing Professional Examiners,, Speaker
  • Speaker - Florida Alliance of Retired Americans – Protecting your Assets and your Health, an Injury Lawyer’s Perspectiv
  • Speaker - Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar – How to avoid “Gotcha” Moments and other Pitfalls at Trial
  • Trial Tactics, Workers Injury Law And Advocacy Group, 2013


  • South Florida Legal Guide "Top Up and Comer", South Florida Legal Guide
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, Florida Trend
  • Top 40 under 40 Recognizing top 40 lawyers in the state of Florida under the age of 40., Top 40 under 40, National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Attorney Award, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015

Educational Background

  • Stetson University College of Law, with honors, 2000
  • Stetson University, 1997

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Flamingo Park neighborhood association board or directors, 2010
  • The Lord's Place "Sleep-In" Participant, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 2012
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Office Location for Brian R. Denney

2139 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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