Peter P. Hargitai is a trial lawyer based in Holland & Knight's Jacksonville office who focuses on real estate and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Hargitai has extensive trial experience in both traditional and alternative dispute resolution tribunals, and has handled complex matters involving real estate disputes, business torts, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and anti-competitive practices. Mr. Hargitai also has developed a banking operations practice and currently represents many national and regional banks. Prior to entering private practice, he was a clerk for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and the Supreme Court of Florida.

Mr. Hargitai's recent representative matters include:

  • representing a financial institution in a $20 million funds transfer dispute at the trial and appellate levels
  • leading a statewide team of attorneys advising condominium developers in connection with $100 million plus projects and defending mass litigation relating to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, the Florida Condominium Act, false advertising laws and Florida common law
  • leading a statewide team of workout and special assets attorneys advising national and regional banks in connection with commercial real estate foreclosures, workouts, bundled loan sales and operations litigation throughout Florida
  • representing national transportation logistics firms with the retention of employees and agents, as well as the protection of their agents, where key relationships are governed by restrictive covenants and prohibitions regarding the disclosure of trade secrets
  • representing a not-for profit housing organization to enforce a multimillion-dollar agreement to provide low-income housing opportunities in blighted communities
  • representing commercial real estate brokers to enforce brokerage agreements in which commissions exceed $5 million


  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Florida State University, B.A., English, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court
  • Florida Theatre, Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2024; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2021-2024
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine


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