Hugo S. "Brad" deBeaubien


Clients rely on Brad for his broad range of experience as a business lawyer, counseling clients primarily on labor and employment matters. Brad’s practice focuses on representing employers in a wide variety of state and federal employment law issues, including wage and hour litigation, discrimination and retaliation actions, restrictive covenant and trade secret claims, and other employment-related disputes. A management-side labor and employment lawyer, Brad regularly advises clients regarding compliance with employment laws such as:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Florida Civil Rights Act
  • Title VII

Moreover, Brad 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 extensive experience representing creditors and other stakeholders 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 preference and fraudulent transfer litigation.

In addition to his law practice, Brad serves as the co-hiring partner for Shumaker’s Tampa office. Drawing on his experience as a teacher prior to law school, Brad often speaks to Tampa Bay area students about personal finance and budgeting through the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Credit Abuse Resistance Education program. Additionally, Brad and his wife enjoy sharing their love of music, reading, and travel with their two young daughters.

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