South Florida Art Law Firm

Art law is a rapidly evolving field, domestically and internationally, with legal issues affecting all aspects of the art world. At Payton & Associates, LLC Harry Payton combines his litigation expertise and business acumen with a passion for art and 30 years of collecting to lead the firm's art litigation practice. The firm is well-situated to represent artists, investors, collectors, dealers, auction houses, brokers, museums, galleries, lenders and insurers in litigation matters involving sales, consignments, financing, loans of artwork, commission claims and insured losses.

Harry participates in a number of legal committees, including the Supreme Court of Florida Committee on Professionalism, 11th Judicial Circuit; the American Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation; the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee; the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Arts & Museums; the Florida Bar Section of Business Law; and The Florida Bar Section of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law. He is a member of the Director's Circle of the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum, and a Friend of the Perez Art Museum Miami.

Harry is one of 88 lawyers (of 70,000 eligible) in the state of Florida with dual board certification in civil trial (since 1983) and business litigation (since 1997). Certification is The Florida Bar's highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 24 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. For over 30 years, he has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* by Martindale-Hubbell, an indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability. His excellent legal skills have earned him inclusion in the South Florida Legal Guide's list of Top Lawyers in Complex Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation since 2005, and recognition on the list of Florida Super Lawyers since 2006. 

The firm handles litigation matters involving fine art in the following areas:  

  • Consignments
  • Sales and Acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Loans of artwork
  • Commission claims
  • Insured losses
  • Authenticity
  • Provenance
  • Ownership
  • Fraud claims
  • Artists' estates

Contact Our Miami art and cultural property litigation lawyers at 305372.3500x15 or contact us online for more information.

*AV Preeminent is a certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

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