Harry A. Payton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Miami, FL

Payton & Associates, LLC
 | 2 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 2300
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-372-3500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1966
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Harry Payton is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation and Civil Trial. With over 45 years of experience in state and federal court, he represents domestic and foreign corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters involving commercial real estate, commercial foreclosures and lender liability; corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes; litigation involving fine art; intra-family business disputes; probate, will and trust litigation; and professional malpractice cases involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers for plaintiff and defense.

In 2012, Harry was appointed to the Professionalism Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit, and chairs the mentoring program subcommittee. He is a member of the Florida Bar Section of Business Law; and the Florida Bar Section of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law. He served on The Florida Bar’s Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and 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 American Bar Association, Harry is a member of the Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation.  He was Vice Chair of the Subcommittee from 1994-1997, and Co-Chair from 1998-2004. He was a leader in the effort by the ABA to create a uniform system of billing and budgeting to serve 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), and co-president of the Miami chapter. In addition, Harry is a member of IR Global, an international organization of 750 vetted professionals in the areas of law, accounting, and finance. Harry serves as a committee member for the IR Private Client group, utilizing his experience with civil litigation matters for high net worth individuals. Membership in the INBLF and IR Global networks enables the firm to provide clients with the highest quality advice and support around the world.

 
Practice Areas

Business Litigation (50%)
Civil Litigation (10%)
Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
Civil Litigation (10%)
Professional Liability (10%)
Construction Litigation (10%)

Business Litigation (50%): Non-Compete Agreements

Civil Litigation (10%)

Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)

Civil Litigation (10%)

Professional Liability (10%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Construction Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

Business Litigation: Non-Compete Agreements

Professional Liability: Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board CertifiedFlorida Bar Board Certified

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About Harry Payton

Admitted: 1966, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.payton-law.com/Attorneys/Harry-A-Payton.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Honored by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education for 30 years of board certification in Civil Trial, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Business Edition, Business Litigation, since 2013
  • Named in Legal Leaders publication as a South Florida "Top Rated Lawyer" for commercial litigation 2013 - 2016, South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, Legal Leaders
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent 5.0/5.0, 1983 - 2016.
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers® 2006 - 2016.
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, Corporate and Business Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, 2005 - 2016
  • Chair, Mentoring Subcommittee, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism 

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial since 1983, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Board Certified Business Litigation since 1997, Florida Bar Board Of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida Bar, 1966
  • Professionalism Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit, 2012-present  
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law, Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries, Arts & Museums
  • IR Global (formerly International Referral), 2013-present
  • International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), 2012-present
  • Council on Litigation Management, 2009 - 2010
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation 1998 - 2004
  • Vice Chair, American Bar Association, Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, Section of Litigation:  1994 - 1997
  • Chair, Executive Committee  Board of Legal Specialization and Education 2005 - 2006
  • Vice Chair, Executive Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2004 - 2007
  • Member, Florida Bar Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, three-year term beginning July, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  •  U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  •  U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • Member, Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, The Florida Bar, 2008 - July, 2011
  • American Association for Justice
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Subcommittee on Billing and Budgeting, Corporate Counsel Committee, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Chair, Business Litigation Certification Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2000 - 2001
  • Vice Chair, Business Litigation Certification Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Business Litigation Certification Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 1997 - 2002
  • Chair, Communications Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2007 - 2008
  • Member, Communications Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2006 - 2008
  • Member, Executive Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2004 - 2007
  • Member, Standards Committee, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2002 - 2005
  • Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2005 - 2006
  • Vice Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2004 - 2005
  • Member, Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2002 - 2008
  • Member, Grievance Committee, The Florida Bar, 1976 - 1979

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Program Leader and Panelist, "2011 Florida Distressed Real Estate Summit" re: "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, "Lender Liability-The Small Practitioner's Viewpoint," American Trial Lawyers Association, Orlando, Florida, January 22, 1990
  • CLE Lecturer, "Traps for the Unwary, Lost Profits and Valuation of Closely Held Corporations," St. Thomas University School of Law, June 17, 1993
  • Speaker, "Current Trends in Accounting Liability," The CPA Club of Greater Miami, June 17, 1994
  • Speaker, "The Agreement for Deed from Hell," Attorney's Title Insurance Fund Assembly, May 17, 1995
  • Speaker, "Marketing Your Skills to Attorneys in Civil Litigation," Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, August 16, 1995
  • 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 1995
  • Co-Author with Greg Nguyen, "The Corporate Provisional Director: Has Due Process Been Overlooked?" Florida Bar Journal, October 1998
  • Author, "Task-Based Billing -- Overcoming Fear," Florida Bar Journal, January 1998
  • Panelist, "Advice from the Experts: Successful Strategies for Winning Commercial Cases in Federal Courts," Florida Bar Business Law Section Seminar, Miami, September 27, 2002
  • Speaker, "The Litigation Management Scorecard-What Law Firms Will Buy Into," Litigation Management Scorecard Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2004
  • 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
  • Faculty Member, Law Department Consortium "Managing Litigation as a Business," Chicago, Illinois, October 29, 2008
  • Faculty Member, Law Department Consortium "Managing Litigation as a Business," Washington, D.C., March 31, 2009
  • Faculty Member, Law Department Consortium "Managing Litigation as a Business," Law Department Consortium: Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2009
  • Speaker, "Managing Litigation Reference Model," Annual Conference of the Council on Litigation Management, Pointe Vedra, Florida, March 24-26, 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Honorable Discharge, National Guard

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown Law Center, LL.B.
  • Florida State University, B.S., Bus. Admin., Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi

Industry Groups

  • ABA Section Of International Law
  • Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee; ABA Forum Committee On Ent. & Sports Industries
  • Arts & Museums; ABA Sect. Of Litigation
  • Corp. Counsel Committee
Office Location for Harry A. Payton

2 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 2300
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-372-3500

 

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Last Updated: 10/26/2017

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