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Brett Alan Barfield practices in the area of business litigation with an emphasis on domestic and international commercial disputes, construction litigation, commercial landlord/tenant disputes and litigation under the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction. Mr. Barfield represents clients in diverse industries to resolve their disputes through the most effective and efficient means possible, from informal negotiations, mediation and arbitration, to litigation and trials. With his extensive experience, Mr. Barfield is well-versed in litigation in federal and state courts, and has secured recent multimillion-dollar trial victories for commercial clients in both jury and non-jury trials.
In addition, Mr. Barfield represents clients involved in the manufacture and distribution of a wide variety of products both domestically and internationally, in importation and exportation, and in various service industries and professions. In his construction practice, Mr. Barfield represents owners, contractors, and manufacturers in a range of commercial, infrastructure and municipal projects involving various claims related to design, construction and material defects.
Mr. Barfield has represented more than 40 clients seeking the return of their children under the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction. From time to time, he also represents parents defending against petitions under the same Convention, and in April 2015 succeeded at a federal trial to prevent the return of a child to Venezuela where the court found the situation to be so dangerous for the child that a very narrow exception to return under the Convention applied in the case. In an important February 2016 decision, the federal appellate court affirmed the victory.
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 United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Before practicing law, Mr. Barfield spent several years in retail management.