Mr. Braude was born in New York City and attended college at Cooper Union in N.Y.C. on a full scholarship where he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He played varsity basketball and received the Charles Goodman Award for “Humanities”. After graduating from Cooper Union in 1961, he worked as a construction engineer for GSA and the Smithsonian, while attending the evening division of Georgetown University Law School. He graduated first in his class in the evening division and was editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He then served as a law clerk to U.S. Senior Judge Samuel E. Whitaker, sitting as the U.S. Supreme Court Master, then on the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit from 1964 – 1965. In the mid-1960s, he was one of the founders of the law firm Sadur, Pelland & Braude, specializing in construction law. He later founded the present firm, Braude Law Group, in the mid-1970s, which specializes in construction law and government contracts. For the last fifty years, his firm has represented prime contractors, subcontractors, and owners throughout the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E. where it had offices for many years.
Mr. Braude’s expertise in the field of construction law led him to be a visiting lecturer on “Construction Contracting” at GW Law School throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and he has co-authored the “Construction Contracting” textbook published by GW in 1991 and authored numerous articles on construction contracts. He was appointed by then Governor Mandel to be the first President of the Public Contract Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association and assisted in drafting the initial Maryland Procurement Code that was signed into law in 1980 to eliminate “The defenses of sovereign immunity” in Maryland state contracts.
The Braude Law Group, P.C. had offices in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Rockville, Maryland; Santa Clara, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Abu Dhabi; and Riyad, Saudi Arabia throughout the eighties and nineties. In 2000, the Braude Law Group consolidated its practice to the Washington D.C. Office.
Mr. Braude has held the highest legal rating (“A/V”) from Martindale Hubbell for the last 50 years, and he has been a member of the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers” for the last 25 years specializing in construction contracting. He has been accepted as a life member of the “National Registry of Who’s Who in American Law” and has been featured in the Washington Post’s Best DC Area Lawyers specializing in construction law, for the last two decades including the current edition.