In January of 1990, two decades after the company’s establishment, GrayRobinson merged with the Brevard County-based law firm, Kirschenbaum and Peeples, establishing the firm’s presence on Florida’s Space Coast. Subsequently, in 1996, GrayRobinson moved its Brevard County headquarters to Melbourne, merging with the Melbourne firm, Nohrr & Nohrr. These expansions pioneered the way for GrayRobinson’s presence throughout the nation, now boasting 14 offices in Florida and one in Washington, D.C. Since then, the GrayRobinson Melbourne office has continued to lay down roots in the community, establishing itself as one of the largest full-service law firms in Brevard County. The 21 attorneys of the Melbourne office offer many years of experience in practice areas including, but not limited to, litigation, probate, corporate, real estate, taxation, estate planning, trusts, maritime, wealth transfer and elder law.
The GrayRobinson Melbourne office is involved in organizations such as the Space Coast Health Foundation, LEAD Brevard, American Heart Association, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Brevard Cultural Alliance, Cape Canaveral Hospital Foundation, Brevard County Estate Planning Council, Melbourne International Airport Authority and Brevard Schools Foundation. The firm’s participation in these organizations attests to its focus on going beyond clients and into the well-being of the community. In addition to outside involvement, GrayRobinson continues its commitment to the Space Coast community at all levels, through their youngest attorneys and new leadership to their longstanding partners. Their growth as a firm reflect dedication to the economic development of Brevard County, stemming from their deep history in the area.
Meet Some of the Team
Shareholder and litigation attorney Amanda Smith has a long history with and dedication to Brevard County. Along with her general civil litigation practice, focusing on guardianships, trust and probate litigation, she’s served as a board member for the Community Foundation in Brevard since 2014, also serving as secretary since 2016. Smith is also involved in the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving as legal counsel and non-voting board member since 2014, and parliamentarian since 2016. In 2014, she graduated from LEAD Brevard and since 2015, she has been a volunteer for Junior Achievement of the Space Coast.
Shareholder Adam Bird’s practice matches that of his civic experience: well-versed and varied. He has experience in many general litigation matters, but focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, including contract disputes, real property and real estate litigation, residential and commercial landlord-tenant matters, labor and employment issues and other legal matters facing both individuals and business organizations. His civic endeavors include being a member of the board for the Space Coast Health Foundation and LEAD Brevard. In the past, Bird served as treasurer for 2-1-1 Brevard, legal advisor for the South Brevard Sharing Center and graduated from Leadership Brevard in 2011.
Attorney and CPA Brad White is another shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Melbourne office who shows versatility through his practice and commitment to the community. White has significant experience representing clients involved in complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, reorganizations, investments and joint ventures. He is currently a member of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida and serves on the board of directors for the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
GrayRobinson’s newest additions include litigation attorney, Paul E. Parrish, and real estate attorney, Michael Schneider, both shareholders. Parrish, a former partner at Quarles & Brady, LLP, brings decades of insurance and maritime litigation experience to GrayRobinson. As a veteran commercial litigator, Parrish has acted as trial counsel in state and federal courts in litigation arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), including litigation concerning pension benefits, health and disability benefits and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Schneider further solidified the firm’s real estate practice, joining with more than 20 years of experience handling real estate closings in Florida. His practice focuses on structuring real estate holdings and navigating real estate transactions.
The most recent alteration to Melbourne’s office structure was the transition of Erik Shuman as the office’s managing director in Q3 of 2018. Along with the office’s management responsibilities, he maintains a successful estate planning and elder law practice.