Brian Cantrell is a seasoned trial attorney and central Florida native, with over a decade of trial experience. He prides himself on his customer service-based approach to practicing law, with a strong focus on client communication, thorough preparation, and effective negotiation skills.
Mr. Cantrell attended the University of Central Florida and graduated from the Radio-Television Program within the Nicholson School of Communication. He earned his law degree from the Florida Coastal School of Law.
While in law school, he interned for the State Attorney’s Office in St. John’s County. After graduation, he continued practicing criminal law, gaining important trial experience in criminal defense at the Public Defender’s Office in Daytona Beach. During his tenure as an Assistant Public Defender, Mr. Cantrell defended those accused of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from DUI, attempted murder, and sex crimes.
After gaining five-plus years of jury trial experience at the Public Defender’s Office, Mr. Cantrell joined the law firm of Buckmaster & Ellzey in early 2016. Since then, Mr. Cantrell has primarily handled cases in the family law, focusing on divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, distribution of property, alimony, and other unique issues for his clients. Mr. Cantrell continues to assist Attorney Jeremy Buckmaster with the firm’s complex criminal matters, including federal crimes, sex crimes, and other crimes punishable by state prison.
Mr. Cantrell’s unique experience gives him the opportunity to help clients as they deal with the emotion and anxiety of their cases. His prior experience allows him to vigorously defend his clients through sound negotiation and accomplished trial victory. Further, his clients have considered him “honest,” “compassionate,” and “a life-saver.”
Mr. Cantrell is admitted to practice in all State Courts of Florida. Further, he is licensed to practice in front of the United District Court for the Middle District and Southern Districts of Florida and has previously litigated in Washington D.C. as a pro hac vice counsel. He is a member of the Volusia County Bar, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, he is on the 7A Grievance Committee for the Florida Bar, and a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand.
In his spare time, Brian loves spending time with his wife and their families. He enjoys all things UCF, spending time outdoors, and various sports.