Robert Barton is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Private Wealth Services Group. He represents individuals, families, charitable institutions, corporate trustees and private professional fiduciaries in litigation involving complex trusts and estates. He also provides guidance on trust and estate administration, conservatorship and guardianship matters, as well as claims involving elder abuse.
Mr. Barton has a national practice and has been tapped to represent clients in some of the most high-profile and complex trust and estate disputes pending in federal, state and tribal courts throughout the country. While these disputes range in complexity and value, sometimes exceeding billions of dollars, Mr. Barton takes pride in working with his clients to find creative and effective solutions that protect and advance their interests. Where informal resolution is not a possibility, Mr. Barton has quickly gained a reputation as a zealous advocate for his clients' interests.
Both clients and the leading industry publications have taken note of Mr. Barton's work and results. Mr. Barton was named a top adviser by the Chambers High Net Worth guide for California Private Wealth Disputes, one of California's top lawyers under 40 by the Daily Journal and as a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers magazine.
In interviews with Chambers High Net Worth, clients and other industry professionals praised Mr. Barton's work. One interviewee stated that Mr. Barton is "very intelligent and knowledgeable," "he pays attention to all the details" and he is "very responsive." Another adviser reported that Mr. Barton is "very strategic," adding that "Robert has been very helpful, keeping waters calm as we go through the process. He's an excellent communicator." Another client called Mr. Barton "responsive" and "meticulous," saying, "He's cutting through the noise and giving it to you straight – I appreciate that the most."
A few of Mr. Barton's recent representative cases include the following:
Mr. Barton is also active in community. He currently serves on the California Lawyers Association Trusts & Estates Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, California. Mr. Barton also is a trustee of the Autry Museum of the American West.
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