Brian J. Fender - Attorney at Law

401 East Jackson Street
Suite 2700
Post Office Box 3324 (33601-3324)
Tampa, Florida 33602

P 813-273-5000
F 813-273-5145
D 813-273-5070

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Brian is a shareholder and director of GrayRobinson who serves as Chair of the firm’s Public Finance Department. Brian represents a variety of clients including counties, cities, universities, school boards, hospitals, governmental financing pools, aviation authorities, port authorities, expressway authorities, sports authorities, various special districts, and underwriters of municipal bonds. Over the course of his career, Brian has been involved in more than 400 public finance transactions and has represented clients in the issuance of more than $30 billion of tax-exempt and taxable debt. Brian has been rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Brian is a native of Tampa. Brian received his J.D. from the University of Florida. Brian practiced law in Miami and Washington, D.C. prior to returning to Tampa and joining GrayRobinson in early 2005. Brian is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and the District of Columbia and is a frequent lecturer on finance law issues.

  • University of South Florida, B.A.
    • Major in philosophy, minor in economics
    • Graduate of selective USF Honors College
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D. (honors)
    • Florida Law Review, Senior Editor
    • Judge George C. Carr Memorial Scholarship (three-year full scholarship) Recipient
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Securities Law and Disclosure Committee 
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court , Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court , Middle District of Florida 
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, Banking & Financial, 2016
  • Superlawyers, Rising Star, Government Finance, 2011
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, Up & Comers, 2007
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership, Board of Directors
  • MacDonald Training Center, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, 2014-present
  • Leadership Tampa, Class 2007
  • University of South Florida Honors College Dean’s Council
  • Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, 2007-2008
  • 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Attorney ad Litem
  • YMCA Youth Sports Coach, 2012-2013
  • I-9 Soccer Coach, 2017
  • Carrollwood Country Club, Member  
Presentations & Seminars
  • "Securities Law Update: SEC Enforcement Initiatives," The Florida Bar, Public Finance in Florida 2015 Seminar, Orlando, Florida, May 7, 2015
  • "Bond Financing for County Projects," Florida Association of Counties Financial Management Workshop, Tallahassee, Florida, March 27, 2015
  • "The Basics of Bond Financing," Florida Association of Counties Workshop, Tallahassee, Florida, March 26, 2014
  • "EMMA (Electronic Municipal Market Access system)," National Association of Bond Lawyer's Bond Attorneys' Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, September 2013  
  • "SEC Report on the Municipal Market," Public Finance in Florida, St. Augustine, Florida, May 2013 
  • “The Basics of Bond Financing,” Florida Association of Counties Financial Management Conference, Tallahassee, Florida, April 2013 
  • "MSRB and Other Regulatory Updates from the Perspective of Underwriter's Counsel,"  National Association of Bond Lawyers' Bond Attorneys' Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, October 2012 
  • "What You Should Know about Bond Finance," Florida Association of Counties Financial Management Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2012 
  • "Securities Disclosure and Procedures – What policies and procedures should local governments be implementing to facilitate compliance with federal securities law and regulation?” Public Finance in Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida, May 2011  
  • "Municipal Securities Disclosure and Best Practices for Municipal Issuers," Florida Government Finance Officers Association School of Government Finance, St. Petersburg, Florida, November 2009 
  • “The Elephant in the Living Room: SEC Proposed Municipal Securities Disclosure Reform,” Public Finance in Florida, Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando, Florida, May 2009 
  • Underwriters' Counsel Panel at the National Association of Bond Lawyers' 2008 Bond Attorneys' Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, September 2008 
  • "Alternative Public Financing: Public/Private Partnerships," Florida Association of County Attorneys CLE Seminar, Doral, Florida, June 26, 2008 
  • Economic Development Financing in Florida Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, Tampa, Florida, May 30, 2008 
  • Underwriters' Counsel Panel, National Association of Bond Lawyers' 2007 Bond Attorneys' Workshop, Chicago, Illinois, September 2007 
  • "Is Bond Counsel a Gatekeeper," Public Finance in Florida, Daytona Beach, Florida, July 2007  
  • Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods of Municipal Broadband Finance," Law Seminars International  Conference on Local Broadband Regulation & Deployment, Tampa, Florida, February 2007
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