Attorneys

Bradley S. Bell
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Brad Bell is the founder of BLG and a long-time resident of Tampa, FL. He graduated high school from Berkeley Prep and received a double major in Economics and International Affairs from Florida State University. After college, Mr. Bell worked in the family business before attending South Texas College of Law where he excelled academically.

Mr. Bell began his legal career in 1999 as a staff attorney for the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida. After several years with the appellate court, Mr. Bell worked with several AV rated commercial litigation and insurance defense firms as both an associate and a partner before starting BLG in 2013. Mr. Bell has been involved in numerous jury and non-jury trials over the years in both the state and federal courts.

One hundred percent of Mr. Bell’s practice is focused on litigation. He prides himself on building strong relationships with his clients by keeping them informed and involved through all aspects of their case. This relationship encourages the client to ask questions and be heard throughout the litigation process. As a result, most of Mr. Bell’s clients return as future clients for years to come. Most of Mr. Bell’s clients (be they national or international corporations, insurance companies, local businesses or individuals) have been dedicated clients of Mr. Bell’s for years.

Mr. Bell devotes his free time to his wife and two children and numerous community activities. He is a member of Hyde Park United Methodist Church and he is a senior member at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Arbitration
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage Opinions
  • Securities Litigation

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Education

Florida State University, B.S., Economics and International Affairs, 1994

South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1999

Admissions

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Construction Law Section, Hillsborough Bar Association

Trial and Litigation Section, Hillsborough Bar Association

Related Professional Experience

Law Clerk, Second District Court of Appeals, Florida


Philip A. Beach
Senior Associate





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Philip A. Beach joined BLG in 2014 as an of counsel attorney. Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2000 and to the Florida Bar in 2004, he has been principally engaged in commercial and construction litigation.

Phil’s areas of concentration include all aspects of business and complex civil litigation, construction defect litigation, contract disputes, collections, and insurance defense.

Mr. Beach received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1992 and his juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1999. While in law school, Mr. Beach served for two years as a judicial law clerk to Alfred L. Brennan, Sr., and Kathleen Gallogly Cox, Associate Judges, Third Judicial Circuit, Baltimore County, Maryland. His experience participating in jury and bench trials led to a desire to practice law as a civil litigator.

He is a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, South County, and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business Litigation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense

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Education

James Madison University, B.S. Political Science, 1992

University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1999

Admissions

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Maryland Bar Association


Douglas J. Collins
Partner





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Mr. Collins is a partner at BLG. Mr. Collins’ practice is focused on commercial litigation, and insurance defense.  He represents clients in state and federal court.  Mr. Collins has represented municipalities and Fortune 500 corporations in numerous litigation matters, ranging from contract and employment disputes to liability and constitutional claims.

Mr. Collins received his undergraduate degree in Legal and Political Philosophy from the University of North Florida.  He continued his education at Stetson University College of Law, where he graduated with a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy.  While in law school, Mr. Collins participated in internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County.  Mr. Collins also served as a research assistant while in law school, focusing on real property and land use issues.

Mr. Collins is admitted to practice law before all state courts in Florida, the United States District Courts for the Middle and the Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Healthcare Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medicare and Medicaid Third Party Reimbursement

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Education

University of North Florida, B.A., Legal Philosophy 2003

Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2006

Admissions

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2011

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association


Michael Relihan
Attorney





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Michael grew up in Apollo Beach, Florida, where he attended East Bay Senior High School. Upon graduation, Michael remained in Tampa, Florida, and attended the University of South Florida. Michael was active in Student Government, New Student Orientation and Greek Leadership. Michael graduated from USF with a degree in International Relations/Studies.

Michael was fortunate to remain in the Tampa Bay Area for his legal studies, attending Stetson University College of Law. As a student, Michael worked in Stetson’s Office of Alumni Relations and interned with the St. Petersburg City Attorney’s Office. As an intern, Michael was selected to research and advise on matters relating to Florida Sunshine Law’s application to modern technology, regulatory matters affecting the municipal storm sewer system, and eminent domain acquisitions.

Michael has worked for Partners Bradley S. Bell and Douglas J. Collins since 2009, as both a Law Clerk and later as an attorney. As a Law Clerk, Michael conducted extensive research on construction lien foreclosure defense, insurance defense and premises liability issues, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, and various other commercial litigation matters. Since 2009, Michael frequently attended trials, hearings and depositions with the Partners of BLG and obtained expansive knowledge of civil litigation before ever receiving his JD in 2014. Michael prides himself on analyzing a case, finding solutions, and obtaining favorable and efficient solutions for his clients.

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Education

University of South Florida, B.A., International Studies, 2009

Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 2014

Admissions

Florida Bar

United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Hillsborough County Bar Association

American Bar Association