Brandon T. Crossland

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Orlando
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Overview

Brandon Crossland is a commercial litigator with experience handling complex contractual matters and business disputes. Over the past few years, Brandon has concentrated on breach of contract, debt collection, foreclosure and restructuring matters on behalf of financial institutions, as well as timeshare and hospitality litigation for one of the leading timeshare companies in the business. Brandon has also been involved in Federal Bankruptcy litigation and issues relating to music copyright and intellectual property.  

Focused on his clients' needs, Brandon is thoughtful, aggressive and concentrated on resolving issues for his client, whether part of pre-suit negotiations or at any point throughout the litigation process. Brandon’s experience enables him to understand his clients’ business and legal needs and to be a trusted advisor who can provide advice that considers all aspects of an issue.

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  • Lead trial counsel in an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida representing a business management firm and its client in a six-day trial regarding the rights of the firm’s clients relating to various streams of income and administration rights over certain music copyrights. Member of the team that obtained a final judgment in favor of the firm’s clients as to each and every claim at the close of the plaintiff’s case when the court granted the defendants’ motion for judgment on partial findings. The victory allowed the clients to maintain control over their interest in a valuable music copyright portfolio and received confirmation that the firm’s clients were entitled to all of the streams of income that had been received over the past 20 years.

  • Obtained a final judgment in favor of a firm client giving them the right to immediately collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment and thwarted the improper efforts of a judgment debtor to avoid the client’s collection efforts. Acted as lead trial counsel in a multi-day trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

  • Represented one of the largest global hospitality and vacation holiday corporations in critical litigation regarding whether the client's newly developed trust-based timeshare program would be permitted to vote its interests in timeshare associations in a Central Florida resort. Ramifications of the litigation were crucial to continued success of the client's trust-based timeshare ownership program. The court entered judgment in favor of the client, permitting the client's trust program to vote its interests in the associations, and placing receivership over the associations to ensure that voting interests were properly managed and to ensure sustained fiscal vitality for the associations after severe mismanagement of the resort. Substantial attorney's fees were awarded in favor of the client for its efforts in pursuing the litigation.

  • Successfully resolved a multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute prior to the clients being forced to expend significant legal fees in a lengthy lawsuit by negotiating an amicable resolution despite the existence of difficult contractual terms in a poorly drafted shareholder agreement. Ultimately, assisted the clients in drafting a new shareholder agreement, which excluded the disputing shareholder, and gave the clients their business back.

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Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida representing a business management firm and its client in a six-day trial regarding the rights of the firm’s clients relating to various streams of income and administration rights over certain music copyrights. Member of the team that obtained a final judgment in favor of the firm’s clients as to each and every claim at the close of the plaintiff’s case when the court granted the defendants’ motion for judgment on partial findings. The victory allowed the clients to maintain control over their interest in a valuable music copyright portfolio and received confirmation that the firm’s clients were entitled to all of the streams of income that had been received over the past 20 years.

  • Obtained a final judgment in favor of a firm client giving them the right to immediately collect on a multimillion-dollar judgment and thwarted the improper efforts of a judgment debtor to avoid the client’s collection efforts. Acted as lead trial counsel in a multi-day trial in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

  • Represented one of the largest global hospitality and vacation holiday corporations in critical litigation regarding whether the client's newly developed trust-based timeshare program would be permitted to vote its interests in timeshare associations in a Central Florida resort. Ramifications of the litigation were crucial to continued success of the client's trust-based timeshare ownership program. The court entered judgment in favor of the client, permitting the client's trust program to vote its interests in the associations, and placing receivership over the associations to ensure that voting interests were properly managed and to ensure sustained fiscal vitality for the associations after severe mismanagement of the resort. Substantial attorney's fees were awarded in favor of the client for its efforts in pursuing the litigation.

  • Successfully resolved a multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute prior to the clients being forced to expend significant legal fees in a lengthy lawsuit by negotiating an amicable resolution despite the existence of difficult contractual terms in a poorly drafted shareholder agreement. Ultimately, assisted the clients in drafting a new shareholder agreement, which excluded the disputing shareholder, and gave the clients their business back.

  • Took the lead in pursuing, collecting and enforcing judgments against corporations and individual debtors upon default of large commercial loans by real estate developers in the Florida Panhandle. Involved in formulating and drafting complaints and dispositive motions, attending evidentiary hearings, and ultimately obtaining numerous multimillion-dollar judgments.  

  • Defended a multimillion-dollar judgment before the First Circuit Court of Appeals by obtaining a per curiam affirmed decision days after oral argument regarding whether the client was entitled to maintain a deficiency judgment against various individuals and corporate entities. 

  • Represents a local energy company in various matters for unpaid accounts and other breach of contract matters relating to the client's sale of oil and fuel and related products and services. Obtained numerous judgments in favor of the client, whether pre-suit through informal settlement discussions, after initiation of litigation or after trial. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Florida State Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section

Prior Positions

  • Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell: Associate

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Florida, 2006

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2005, cum laude
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Florida, 2002, with honors