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; intra-family business disputes; and professional malpractice cases for plaintiff and defendant involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers. 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 2006. He is included in the 2018 and 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation — Real Estate.
Harry's memberships in international organizations expands the firm's capabilities to render professional legal services to clients throughout the world. He is a member of IR Global, an association of over 750 professionals in the areas of law, accounting and finance.  He is president of the Miami chapter of the International Network of Boutique and Independent Law Firms (INBLF). And he belongs to the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and has deep experience in international business matters.
*AV Preeminent is a certification mark 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.

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

Published Works


  • International Asset Protection Planning l Round Table Series, December 2016 Private Client Working Group, IR Global
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Recognized in 2018 and 2019 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 2006
  • 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, 2012 - Present
  • The Florida Bar, Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, July 2011-2016; Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, 2008-2011; Grievance Committee, 1976-1979
  • BLSE Communications Committee: Member 2006-2008, Chair 2007-2008
  • BLSE Executive Committee: Member 2004-2007, Vice Chair 2004-2005, Chair 2005-2006
  • BLSE Standards Committee: Member 2002-2005
  • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education: Member 2002-2008, Vice Chair, 2004-2005, Chair 2005-2006
  • American Bar Association: Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation: Vice Chair 1994-1997, Co-Chair 1998-2004
  • Business Litigation Certification Committee: Member 1997-2002, Vice Chair1999-2000, Chair 2000-2001