Harry A. Payton

Harry A. Payton

Miami, Florida
Harry A. Payton 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; and intra-family business disputes. He is one of 88 attorneys in the state of Florida with dual board certification in Civil Trial and Business Litigation.
Payton is recognized by many legal professionals for his high standards of professionalism. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Florida's Committee on Professionalism for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and chairs the mentoring program subcommittee. He serves on The Florida Bar Standard Jury Instructions (SJI) Committee - Contract and Business Cases. He previously served on The Florida Bar's Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and The Florida Bar's Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee. Harry has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating, "AV Preeminent 5 out of 5," since 1983.
Payton’s legal skills and experience 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 from Florida Super Lawyers since 2005. He is included in the 2018 - 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Litigation.

Harry has deep experience in international business matters. His membership in international organizations expands the firm's capabilities to render professional legal services to clients throughout the world. He is a member IR Global, an association of over 750 professionals in the areas of law, accounting and finance.  And he is president of the Miami chapter of the International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF), a network of highly credentialed attorneys from boutique law firms across the U.S. and Canada, as well as full-service international firms that understand the issues, laws, and business cultures in countries throughout the world.  

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Commercial and Business Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

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


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


  • International Asset Protection Planning l Round Table Series, December 2016 Private Client Working Group
  • 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, 2011
  • Speaker: Annual Conference of the Council on Litigation Management, "Managing Litigation Reference Model," Ponte Vedra, Florida, March 24, 2010 - March 26, 2010
  • Discussion Leader: The impact of General Data Protection Regulations adopted in the European Union on U.S. litigation in federal court; INBLF and IR Global conferences in Rome and London, October, 2018, IR Global

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized in 2018 - 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation-Real Estate
  • Recognized for earning and maintaining Florida Bar board certification status in civil trial for 30 years
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent, since 1983
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers®, since 2005
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Legal Guide, Best Litigators: Corporate & Business, since 2005
  • National Guard, Honorable Discharge

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Supreme Court Standard Jury Instructions Committee (Contracts and Business), Member, 2018 - Present
  • ABA Section of International Law, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, Member, 2014 - Present
  • ABA Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Arts & Museums, Member, 2014 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2014 - Present
  • The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, 2014 - Present
  • IR Global, Commercial Litigation, "Private Client" committee, 2013 - Present
  • International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF), President, Miami Chapter, 2012 - Present
  • Professionalism Committee for the 11th Circuit, Chair, Mentoring Subcommittee, 2012 - Present
  • The Florida Bar, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, July 2011-2016; Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, 2008-2011
  • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education: Chair 2005-2006
  • American Bar Association: Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation, 1994 - Present