SOURCE: Payton & Associates, LLC

Payton & Associates, LLC

November 05, 2009 19:48 ET

Harry A. Payton Recognized as Top Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - November 5, 2009) - Harry Payton, managing member of Payton & Associates, LLC, Miami, Florida, received his fifth consecutive award as one of the Top Lawyers in Complex Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation in the 2009 South Florida Legal Guide. He has been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2006, and has consistently earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, which denotes the highest level of ethical standards and professional ability. He is one of only 205 Florida attorneys that are board certified by the Florida Bar in both civil trial and business litigation, and was lauded by the Florida Bar for 25 years of board certification in civil trial.

Mr. Payton serves on the Florida Bar's Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee, and is former chair of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) of the Florida Bar. He is at the forefront of various American Bar Association initiatives, and was one of the creators of a uniform system that corporate counsel may use to measure the efficiency of outside counsel.

Lender liability is one of Payton's practice specialties, and he represents lenders and borrowers in suits involving failure to fund loans, wrongful foreclosures, and other violations of loan terms. In a recent interview, he commented on the rise of lender liability suits due to the current economic climate. Banks, builders and developers, purchasers, and guarantors are affected by tighter credit restrictions, increased equity requirements, cost overruns, and subsequent delays or stoppage of construction. He cautions lenders and borrowers to be aware that they are obliged to live by their loan documents, adhere to the terms of the written agreement, or risk exposure to a lawsuit.


Harry A. Payton founded Payton & Associates as a boutique business litigation firm, dedicated to its clients and the South Florida community. The firm has earned a reputation for professionalism and successful results. With years of state and federal trial, arbitration, and appellate experience, the firm represents corporations and individuals in a broad spectrum of business litigation including Breach of Fiduciary Duty and Business Torts, Commercial Real Estate Litigation, Construction Litigation, Lender Liability, Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings, Professional Liability, Probate and Estate Litigation, Condominium Litigation, and Appellate Law. For more information, please visit

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