Biography Overview

Bret C. Gainsford was born and raised in south Florida. He received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Florida, and obtained his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He returned to Florida after law school, and went to work for a national defense firm, where his practice focused on products liability and e-discovery.

In 2010, Mr. Gainsford came to Morgan & Morgan to prosecute the claims he previously defended, representing individuals and/or or the families of people harmed by asbestos-containing products. He is now the Department Head for the Firm’s Asbestos and Mesothelioma practice group. He is also involved with special nationwide projects, including Mass Torts and Insurance Disputes, and assists with various aspects of the Firm’s Operations.

Mr. Gainsford has distinguished himself by being named “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2013. This honor recognizes the top 2.5% of the State’s young lawyers. To be eligible for “Rising Stars,” an attorney must be under the age of 40 or have been practicing for 10 years or less. A multiphase selection process is used to determine which attorneys will receive this distinction, and nominees are evaluated on the basis of peer recognition and professional excellence.

Outside of the office, Mr. Gainsford spends most of his time with his wife, two young children, and their dog. He is also active in the local community, having been on the Board of the Central Florida Gator Club, and volunteered with the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation.

Practice Areas

  • Mesothelioma
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Mass Torts
  • Insurance Disputes


  • Central Florida Gator Club - Board Member
  • Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation - Miracle Miles 5k/15k Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar
  • Illinois Bar
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • University of Florida, B.A. Political Science cum laude, 2003
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2007