My name is Brennan Monaco and I am an attorney practicing commercial real estate, affordable housing, and commercial transactions at Coleman Talley LLP. My practice involves complex financing structures including low-income housing tax credits, equity investment, conventional construction loans and permanent loans, tax-exempt bonds, and historic rehabilitation tax credits.
I’m admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the US District Courts for the Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Eastern District of Missouri, and Western District of Wisconsin.
I hold a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While at UF Law, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law and a student associate in the Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic. I was honored to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award for Pro Bono and Community Service upon graduation.
During my law school summers, I worked as a judicial intern for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; legal extern for the Florida Board of Governors; legal intern for the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit; and summer associate for Coleman Talley LLP.
Prior to law school, I received my Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in American History at the University of Cambridge. My research focused upon transatlantic political and constitutional culture, including plays and political cartoons, during the American revolutionary and Early Republic eras. When not working on my dissertation, I rowed as part of the Sidney Sussex College Boat Club and took part in the weekly Cambridge American History Seminar. As a result of my time at Cambridge, I am an elected member of the Royal Historical Society and fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Previously, I studied British imperial and French revolutionary history at the University of Florida, where I was the Bridget Phillips scholar for 2016-2017 and a member of the History Honors Program. My undergraduate dissertation focused upon constitutional and imperial issues surrounding the British East India Company’s governance of Bengal at the end of the eighteenth century.
During my preceding time at Indian River State College, I was a Fine Arts Scholar while majoring in history and serving as executive director of the Youth Performing Arts Academy. I further took part in scholarship recruitment efforts and managed touring productions on behalf of the Performing and Visual Arts Department.
Simultaneous to my academic career, I am a professional theatrical actor and director with more than two decades of performance experience. I am a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and am eligible for membership in SAG-AFTRA. My other acting credits include radio, national television, independent films, and industrial work.
Outside of work and academia, I enjoy weight training, collecting antiquarian books and other historic objects, and rooting for the Florida Gators.