Overview

Brett Alan Barfield practices in the area of commercial and international litigation, with a strong emphasize on complex commercial disputes. He represents domestic and international business clients in the areas of international contract and business claims as well as various business torts while employing the most effective and efficient means tailored to each case, from informal negotiations, mediation and arbitration, to litigation and trials. As lead counsel in complex matters, Mr. Barfield guides teams in creating multidefendant strategies, argues dispositive motions, and coordinates and takes to trial complex cases involving a vast array of factual and legal scenarios. Mr. Barfield represents clients involved in the manufacture and distribution of a wide variety of products, in importation and exportation, and in various service industries and professions.

Mr. Barfield has also represented more than 70 clients over the last 15 years seeking the return of their children under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Mr. Barfield is a national officer for the Federal Bar Association and is a past president and current board member of the South Florida Chapter of that association. He has been recognized numerous years by Florida Super Lawyers and Florida Trend magazines as a leading business litigation attorney in Florida.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Barfield served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward B. Davis, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Before practicing law, Mr. Barfield spent several years in retail management.

Credentials

Education
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., with highest honors
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • All State Courts in Florida
Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, Pro Bono Services Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, 11th Circuit Vice President, 2013-2017
  • Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter, President, 2010-2012; Board of Directors, 2008-present 
  • Florida Foster Care Review, Board of Directors, 2013-present
  • Read to a Child, National Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • Peter T. Fay Inn of Court, 2000-2015
Honors & Awards
  • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2017-2019 
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2019
  • The Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, 2016
  • Distinguished Advocate of Pro Bono Commitment, Dade County Bar Association, 2016
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2009-2011
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer," Florida Trend magazine, 2004-2008
  • St. Thomas University School of Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, 2003
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, Valedictorian

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