Hugo S. "Brad" deBeaubien


Individuals and corporate clients rely on Brad for his broad range of business litigation experience. Counseling clients primarily on labor and employment and bankruptcy/insolvency matters, Brad is known to his clients and colleagues alike for exercising sound judgment to secure outcomes which achieve clients’ legal and business objectives. Brad seeks to understand his clients’ goals and expectations at the outset of an engagement and communicates regularly as matters evolve to ensure continued understanding on those points.  

Brad’s labor and employment practice focuses on representing employers in a wide variety of state and federal employment law matters, including:

  • Wage and hour litigation
  • Discrimination and retaliation actions
  • Restrictive covenant and trade secret claims
  • Other employment-related disputes

A management-side labor and employment lawyer, Brad also routinely assists clients in developing and updating employment policies, employee handbooks, employment and independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenant agreements, and severance agreements.

Brad also has wide-ranging experience representing clients in bankruptcy matters and other distressed financial situations. His practice in this area includes the representation of secured and unsecured creditors, financial institutions, and trustees. He also routinely represents defendants in preferential and fraudulent transfer litigation.

Drawing on his experience as a teacher prior to law school, Brad often speaks to Tampa Bay area school students about personal finance and budgeting through the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Credit Abuse Resistance Education program. Finally, Brad and his wife enjoy sharing their love of music and reading with their two young daughters.

  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class action prior to class certification hearing.
  • Obtained injunction enforcing restrictive covenants against physicians who were former employees and partners of client’s medical practice.
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claim (including allegations of unpaid wages and overtime and improper tip pooling) against client restauranteur.
  • Obtained judgment in bankruptcy court reestablishing priority of mortgage erroneously discharged by lender, resulting in successful foreclosure in state court.
  • Settled $1 million-plus bankruptcy preference claim against client for $30,000.00.