Brett M. Halsey

Brett Halsey

Brett Halsey focuses on commercial litigation and, in particular, franchise and construction litigation and appeals. Brett has successfully defended multi-million dollar claims against large franchisors around the world, in both U.S. and international arbitrations, and in federal court. He is part of a team that serves as franchise counsel to Restaurant Brands International and its Burger King Corp. and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. brands, and has also successfully handled litigation for Gap, Inc. Brett’s substantive experience ranges from complicated merchandise inventory and freight disputes, to food product supply chain and quality control issues, to disputes arising from complex franchise and development agreement provisions.

Brett has substantial experience in construction disputes, having represented owners, condominium associations and developer/contractors in both state and federal court. Brett has also served as litigation counsel for a federal receiver.

In his career, he has prosecuted and defended complex commercial disputes including legal and accounting malpractice cases, general breach of contract disputes, business torts claims, securities fraud claims and complex construction disputes, including representing the Miami-Dade County School Board and Fisher Island Holdings, defending a $200 million claim by a bankrupt corporation involved in Ponzi scheme, and recovering $47.7 million from the Republic of Cuba on behalf of the family of a terrorist victim through the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association and served as an adjunct professor at University of Miami School of Law teaching a course in Business Litigation Skills.


Representative Clients

  • Burger King Corp.
  • Gap, Inc.
  • Planet Fitness
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.
  • Restaurant Brands International
  • Subway




  • J.D. cum laude University of Miami School of Law 1999
  • B.S. Business Administration and Marketing cum laude Cornell University 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Florida

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Former adjunct professor, Business Litigation Skills, University of Miami School of Law


  • English


  • Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyer in International Law, 2007
  • Franchise Times, Legal Eagle, 2022
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 – 2015