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Harry A. Payton

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Attorney
Managing Member
Location:
Miami, Florida
Phone:
305-432-9795 (x15)
Fax:
305-577-4895
Email:

FLORIDA BAR BOARD CERTIFIED IN BUSINESS LITIGATION AND CIVIL TRIAL:  Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise 

Harry Payton is one of 88 lawyers in the state of Florida with dual board certification in civil trial and business litigation. With over 35 years of experience in state and federal court, he represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters involving commercial real estate, commercial foreclosures and lender liability; litigation involving fine art; corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes; probate, will and trust litigation; intra-family disputes; and legal and accounting malpractice.

In 2012, Harry was appointed to the Supreme Court of Florida’s Committee on Professionalism for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. He served on The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee from 2011-2014, following a three-year term on The Florida Bar’s Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee. He is former chair of The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the Business Litigation Certification Committee.  In the ABA, Harry was Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation from 1994-1997, and Co-Chair from 1998-2004. He was a leader in the effort by the American Bar Association Committee on Corporate Counsel in the creation of a uniform system of billing and budgeting that serves as a platform for assessing the productivity and efficiency of outside counsel and law firms.

Harry is the Miami representative for Complex Commercial Business Litigation for the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF). In addition, Harry is a member of the International Referral (IR), and serves as a committee member for the IR Private Client group, utilizing his experience with civil litigation matters for high net worth individuals. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee; and a member of the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Arts & Museums.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation
  • Art Law
  • Lender Liability
  • Business Torts
  • Construction Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Probate and Estate Litigation
  • Appellate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Board Certified Business Litigation, Florida Bar Board Of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • LL.B.
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi

Published Works

  • "Task-Based Billing -- Overcoming Fear", Florida Bar Journal, January, 1998
  • "The Corporate Provisional Director: Has Due Process Been Overlooked?" (Co-Authored with Greg Nguyen), Florida Bar Journal, October, 1998
  • "Task-Based Billing -- Management Control Over the Litigation Process In House and Outside", Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 43, August, 1995
  • A Guide to Partnering with Outside Litigation Counsel , American Bar Association's Section of Litigation , Corporate Counsel Newsletter, 2013

Classes/Seminars

  • Program Leader and Panelist: 2011 Florida Distressed Real Estate "When Workouts Don't Work Out – Litigation, Receivers, Lender Liability and More," and "Workouts & Recapitalization." Sponsored by GreenPearl Events, Miami, Florida, January 27, 2001
  • Speaker: Annual Conference of the Council on Litigation Management, "Managing Litigation Reference Model," Ponte Vedra, Florida, March 24, 2010 - March 26, 2010
  • Faculty Member: Law Department Consortium "Managing Litigation as a Business," Law Department Consortium: Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2009; Washington, D.C., March 31, 2009; Chicago, Illinois, October 29, 2008
  • Moderator: "The Rise and Fall and Future of Special Billing Arrangements Including Task Based Billing," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Corporate Counsel Committee, February 19, 2005
  • Speaker: "The Litigation Management Scorecard-What Law Firms Will Buy Into," Litigation Management Scorecard Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, October 24, 2004
  • Panelist: "Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts," Florida Bar Business Law Section Seminar, Miami, September 27, 2002
  • Author: "Task-Based Billing -- Overcoming Fear," Florida Bar Journal, January 1, 1998
  • Author: "Task-Based Billing -- Management Control Over the Litigation Process In House and Outside," Corporate Counsel Newsletter, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, Vol. 43, August 1, 1995
  • Co-Author with Greg Nguyen: "The Corporate Provisional Director: Has Due Process Been Overlooked?" Florida Bar Journal, October 1, 1998
  • CLE Lecturer: "Traps for the Unwary, Lost Profits and Valuation of Closely Held Corporations," St. Thomas University School of Law, June 17, 1993
  • Speaker: "Lender Liability-The Small Practitioner's Viewpoint," American Trial Lawyers Association, Orlando, Florida, January 22, 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent, 1983 - 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers®, 2006 - 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Legal Guide, Best Litigators: Corporate & Business, 2005-2014
  • National Guard, Honorable Discharge

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), 2012-present
  • Supreme Court of Florida Committee on Professionalism, 11th Circuit, 2012-present
  • The Florida Bar, Member: Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, July 2011-; Member, Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, 2008-2011; Member, Grievance Committee, 1976-1979
  • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education: Member 2002-2008, Vice Chair, 2004-2005, Chair 2005-2006
  • BLSE Standards Committee: Member 2002-2005
  • BLSE Executive Committee: Member 2004-2007, Vice Chair 2004-2005, Chair 2005-2006
  • BLSE Communications Committee: Member 2006-2008, Chair 2007-2008
  • Business Litigation Certification Committee: Member 1997-2002, Vice Chair1999-2000, Chair 2000-2001
  • American Bar Association: Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation: Vice Chair 1994-1997, Co-Chair 1998-2004
  • Advisory Board, Law Department Consortium, 2008-
  • Council on Litigation Management, 2009-2010
  • International Referral, 2013 -present

More than 35 Years of Courtroom Experience

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