Craig S. Barnett

Craig S. Barnett


Craig S. Barnett concentrates on complex commercial litigation in state and federal court and in administrative law tribunals. He has represented national clients at the trial and appellate levels in commercial loan disputes, workouts and foreclosures, commercial lease disputes, post-judgment collection proceedings, e-discovery matters and business tort litigation. Craig has been certified as an e-Discovery Specialist by the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). 


  • Commercial foreclosures
  • Financial institution disputes and loan workouts
  • Commercial landlord-tenant litigation
  • Post-judgment debt collection, including proceedings supplementary, garnishment and the discovery and seizure of real estate, personal property, and intangible property rights
  • E-Discovery, including all aspects of preservation, collection, and production of electronically stored information (ESI) and litigation of discovery disputes
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  • Obtained multimillion dollar judgment in favor of judgment creditor against impleaded third parties in proceedings supplementary in Destin, Florida, in case involving fraudulent transfers of accounts, stock, real property and other assets.
  • Obtained summary final judgment in favor of lender in action against multiple personal guarantors of multimillion dollar construction loan for the development of an office condominium project in Orlando, Florida
  • Representation of investor group in workout of $29 million dollar credit facility secured by lien interests in multiple hotel and resort properties located throughout the Florida gulf coast area. 
  • Representation of life settlement company in the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York and for the Northern District of Georgia in e-Discovery litigation involving disputes concerning the scope of discovery, the methodology for searches of electronic data, and apportioning the cost of e-Discovery between parties and third party witnesses.        
  • Prosecution on behalf of employers in litigation to enforce noncompete covenants and claims for damages arising from misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Representation of institutional clients in commercial landlord-tenant litigation, including evictions, lease disputes and damage claims.
  • Biel REO, LLC v. Barefoot Cottages Development Company, LLC, et al., 156 So.3d 506 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014), review denied, Gwin v. Biel REO, LLC, -- So. 3d – (Fla. June 8, 2015)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, Fourth District Court of Appeal (now on the Florida Supreme Court)

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Real Estate - Litigation, 2017
  • Member, Proceedings Supplementary Task Force, Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Broward County Bar Association
  • Member, Business Litigation Committee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
  • Alumnus, Class V, Leadership Fort Lauderdale


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1994
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1991
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida