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James Brako, Senior Associate

James Brako was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2001 and has been a long-standing member of the City, County Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar. Mr. Brako joined the firm after 19 years of practicing government law in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. He has extensive legal experience in all areas of government law including, bankruptcy; real estate acquisitions and leasing; concessionaire agreements pertaining to the use of airport and county facilities; acting as board attorney in value adjustment board proceedings; reviewing tax certificates and tax deed sales issues. Additionally, Mr. Brako has drafted numerous ordinances, resolutions, construction contracts and other legal documents. His real estate experience aided his ability to handle loan instruments including mortgage/promissory notes, intercreditor agreements, Florida UCC filings and declaration of restrictions pertaining to the purchase, lease and construction of affordable/workforce housing properties.

In his roles as an assistant county attorney and assistant city attorney, Mr. Brako worked very closely with many county and city departments, including Airports, Housing and Economic Sustainability, Property Real Estate Management, Environmental Resources Management, Public Safety, Office of Financial Management and Budget in relation to county bond and bankruptcy matters, Criminal Justice Commission, the Medical Examiner’s Office and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He assisted with numerous legal issues and drafted legal instruments for a variety of situations including bid documents, ordinances, resolutions and construction contracts.

As general counsel for the Palm Beach County Tax Collector, Mr. Brako drafted interlocal agreements with local governments within Palm Beach County for the collection of non-ad-valorem tax assessments. He also defended the tax collector in condemnation, bankruptcy and foreclosure actions. He drafted and reviewed contracts for the Palm Beach County Tax collector, as well as litigated trials in federal and state courts.

As Senior Associate with Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Rubin, P.A., Mr. Brako serves as Town Attorney for the Town of Loxahatchee Groves and Code Enforcement Counsel for the City of Ocean Ridge. In addition, Mr. Brako represents the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department in its seizure of contraband under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act.

Mr. Brako’s selected accomplishments include:

  • Handling commercial lease agreements for placement of telecommunications facilities on sites owned by Miami-Dade Public Schools;
  • Drafting interlocal agreements with local governments within Palm Beach County for the collection of non-ad-valorem tax assessments;
  • Negotiating, preparing and administering purchase and sale agreements pertaining to the purchase, lease, condemnation and disposition of real property;
  • Representing local government entities in trial litigation in federal, state, and county court, including, condemnation, bankruptcy, tort and foreclosure actions
  • Administering Economic Development Incentive agreements pertaining to the relocation and expansion of Qualified Target Industries;
  • Closing real estate transactions in collaboration with large-scale real estate developers to facilitate location of public schools;
  • Negotiating and drafting commercial and residential construction/rehabilitation agreements in accordance with federal and state housing and lending regulations, including the HUD, CDBG, HOME, SHIP and FHFA programs.

Education and Background

Mr. Brako earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law and his undergraduate degree in Public Administration, magna cum laude, from Florida International University.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brako amassed a wealth of local government experience in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties, respectively. As a real-estate attorney for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and as Assistant City Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, he specialized in real estate site acquisitions, leasing and closings. In Palm Beach County, Mr. Brako served as an Assistant County Attorney and then as General Counsel to the Palm Beach County Tax Collector, where he utilized his extensive experience in real estate transactions, as well bankruptcy and local government tax issues.

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Torcivia, Donlon, Goddeau & Rubin, P.A. offers its services to clients throughout Florida, including those located in Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Indian-River County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County.



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