Payton & Associates, LLC

2 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 2200 Miami Florida 33131-1803 U.S.A.

Harry A. Payton

Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Complex Commercial Business Litigation

Harry Payton is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Business Litigation and Civil Trial. Harry 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, wills and trusts litigation; intra-family disputes; and legal and accounting malpractice.


  • Georgetown Law Center, LL.B., 1966
  • Florida State University, B.S., Cum Laude, 1961, Phi Kappa Phi

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar 1966
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Board Certifications

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

Professional Activities

  • Supreme Court of Florida Committee on Professionalism, 11th Circuit, 2012-present
  • The Florida Bar, Member: Business Law Section, 2014-present; section of Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, 2014-present; Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, July 2011-2016; 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 Chair, 1999-2000, Chair, 2000-2001
  • American Bar Association: 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
  • 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; Council on Litigation Management

Recognition and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating, “AV® Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5” since 1983
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers®, 2006-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in South Florida Legal Guide, Best Litigators: Commercial & Business,2005-2017 and Best Litigators: Real Estate, 2005-2017

Lectures and Articles

  • Program Leader and Panelist: 2011 Florida Distressed Real Estate Summit, “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,” Pointe Vedra, Florida, March 24-26, 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, Oct. 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 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 1995
  • Co-Author with Greg Nguyen: “The Corporate Provisional Director: Has Due Process Been Overlooked?” Florida Bar Journal, October 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