West Palm Beach
We understand that results are what truly matter. At Ballard Partners, we are passionate, persuasive advocates who maximize results for the clients we serve.
Brian D. Ballard, President
Named among the top 10 Republicans in Florida by Campaign & Elections Politics, Brian has earned a reputation as a tireless and an effective advocate for his clients' interests. Before establishing Ballard Partners, Brian was founder and managing partner for Smith & Ballard. He also served as managing shareholder for Bryant Miller Olive P.A. He currently serves as counsel to Panza, Maurer & Maynard, P.A.
Brian was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Advisory Council, and also directed the transition and assisted in the U.S. Senate confirmation of Governor Bob Martinez as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) in the Executive Office of the President.
Among his public service experience, Brian served as chief of staff in the Executive Office of the Governor, developing a special interest in environmental issues. Among his accomplishments, Brian served as chief architect of Preservation 2000, the largest public acquisition program for environmentally sensitive lands in the nation. He also served as Florida's chief negotiator with the U.S. Department of the Interior to end offshore drilling along the state's southeast coastline and the Florida Keys. The American Lawyer magazine recently rated Brian as one of America's top rated lawyers in the field of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources law.
Committed to community service, Brian has been a member of the Council of 100, the Collins Center for Public Policy, Florida Governor's Mansion Foundation, and the City of Tallahassee-Leon County Architectural Review Board. He has received Florida's highest award for historic preservation recognizing his efforts involving preservation of historic buildings.
In 2007, Governor-Elect Charlie Crist chose Brian and his wife, Kathryn, to co-chair the Inaugural Committee that planned and executed the events surrounding the inauguration of Florida's 44th Governor and Lieutenant Governor. In 2011, Brian and his wife also served as Finance Co-Chairs of Governor-Elect Rick Scott's first Inaugural Committee. They were also given the honor of co-chairing Governor Scott's Inaugural Committee in 2015.
Brian received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida, where he was later inducted into the University's Hall of Fame.