Brad Culverhouse has practiced law in St. Lucie County for 33 years. He is a ninth generation Floridian and received his Associate of Arts Degree from then Indian River Community College at Ft. Pierce (now Indian River State College ) in 1966 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970 from the University of West Florida at Pensacola and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1974 where he was honored by election to membership in scholastic and service societies and because of being ranked first in his law school class at the end of his first year, Brad was elected to membership on the Editorial Board of the Law School's Law Review. Following his graduation from law school, Brad Culverhouse clerked for then Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice James C. Adkins and subsequently served as an Assistant State ( prosecuting ) Attorney in the 19th Judicial Circuit which comprises Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties. During his service as a prosecutor, Culverhouse was Chief of the Consumer Fraud Division and was recognized by the Stuart News as championing the cause of consumers. After leaving the State Attorney’s office for private practice, he served as a court appointed Special Public Defender in felony cases. In 1998, the Indian River Press Journal in an editorial commended Brad Culverhouse for having donated his legal services in saving the home of a elderly widow from foreclosure.
From mid 1977 until September 4, 2004 when Hurricane Frances destroyed both Brad's home and law offices, Brad Culverhouse was in private law practice in Ft. Pierce concentrating in commercial litigation, foreclosure defense and in representing both debtors and creditors in thousands of Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy cases and as litigation counsel in bankruptcy adversary proceedings and contested matters including lien stripping and the rewriting of notes, mortgages and liens in Chapters 11, 12 and 13 cases and in “cram down” litigation over the objections of lenders and of the Internal Revenue Service in Chapter 11, 12 and 13 cases. On April 2, 2007, Brad Culverhouse, became Senior Counsel in the Port St. Lucie - St. Lucie West law office of SACHS & SAX, which has law offices in Boca Raton, Tallahassee and Port St. Lucie, Florida. During his tenure with SACHS & SAX, he established and chaired the firm’s creditor bankruptcy practice division. On November 1st, 2008, Brad reopened his own Firm’s practice with offices in both Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie and is now primarily representing debtors in Chapter 7,11, 12 and 13 cases and is representing homeowners, commercial property owners and developers in defending mortgage foreclosure cases and in negotiating loan modifications and workouts with lenders of both residential and commercial loans and mortgages. From 1976 until 1985, Brad Culverhouse was also a working partner in the Culverhouse Family's cattle ranch in Western St. Lucie Countyn and from 1985 until 2004, Brad was also a citrus grower until Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne spread canker to his citrus grove which resulted in the condemnation and destruction of his citrus grove. He is presently awaiting the availability of citrus trees in order to replant this grove.
He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975 and to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in 1980 and in 1986 was admitted to practice before the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States upon the motion of the late Honorable Claude Pepper and is a certified efiler in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
He has servedas the pro bono General Counsel to the Florida Councils on Aging and to such groups as the St. Lucie County Fair Association, the Treasure Coast Chapter of the March of Dimes, the St. Lucie Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Ft. Pierce Masonic Blue Lodge, the St. Lucie County Council on Aging, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles, AERIE No. 3582, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Post 40.
In 1967, the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution designating Brad Culverhouse as St. Lucie County's envoy to represent the people of St. Lucie County to Florida's Congressional Delegation and to Federal agencies in Washington D.C. to attempt to obtain Federal Drought relief for the severe drought conditions then plaguing South Florida and in January of 1968, Brad served as an aide to Congressman Claude Pepper on a congressional fact finding mission to Israel on the plight of Palestinian refugees following the June 1967 Six Day Arab Israeli War. In Israel, as an aide to Congressman Pepper, Brad met high Israeli officials such as then Prime Minister Levi Eskol, the late General Moshe Dayan, and the late David Ben-Gurion and his wife and others. In Jerusalem, Brad Culverhouse was presented the Key to the City of Jerusalem, by Mayor Peddy Kolek and together with Congressman Pepper, Brad toured the battle areas of the 1967 Six Day War including the Golan Heights and received extensive briefings by high ranking Israeli military and government officials. On that same trip, Brad was privileged to attend a private audience with then Pope Paul.
Brad Culverhouse has also served as the administrative assistant to three Florida legislators and as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Select Committee on Crime and as the Special Consultant to the Chairman of the Select Committee on Aging of the United States House of Representatives. In 1982, he won the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives by defeating a two term Palm Beach County Commissioner in the Democratic Primary in the nine county 12th Congressional District but narrowly lost the November general election by 2.7%. Congressman Claude Pepper endorsed Brad in both the Democratic Primary and General Elections and campaigned with and for him. Congressman “Kika” de La Garza, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Agricultural Committee also endorsed and campaigned for and with Brad. Brad Culverhouse was also endorsed by the Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, the AFL-CIO, the Business and Professional Women and by N.O.W. In 1988, Brad won election as a Delegate from Florida’s 12th Congressional District to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. He presently serves as an elected at large member of the St. Lucie County Planning & Zoning Commission and is serving his second term as a member of the City of Ft. Pierce’s Historic Preservation Board and his third term as Chair of the St. Lucie County Historical Commission and his fourth term as President of the St. Lucie Historical Society.
Brad Culverhouse is a member of the Florida Pioneer Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Legion, the White City Improvement Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks ( B.P.O.E. ) and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and in the past Brad has served as a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, AERIE No. 3582, a Member of the Advisory Committee of the St. Lucie County Salvation Army, the Chairman of the Salvation Army's 1995 Capital Campaign, Director of the Palm Glades Girl Scout Council, Director of the St. Lucie County Red Cross, Past President of the Pastor's Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church of Fort Pierce, a Precinct Committeeman and Secretary of the St. Lucie County Democratic Executive Committee, a member of the Order of the Battered Boot of the St. Lucie County March of Dimes, a member of the Ft. Pierce Rotary Club and a Master Mason , Ft. Pierce, Blue Lodge No. 87 and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and York Rite Mason and a member of the Ancient and Accepted Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Shriner).
Brad and his wife, Susan, have been married for 38 years and they have one son, John who in June of 2009 received a Masters in Business Administration from NOVA Southeastern University and now plans to get a law degree. Brad and his family reside in Ft. Pierce where he is a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, Florida where his family attends church.