Craig S. Barnett: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Craig S. Barnett

Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate Operations
  • eDiscovery & eRetention
Contact InfoTelephone: 954.768.8223
Fax: 954.765.1477
University Cornell University, B.S., 1991
Law SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1994
Admitted1994, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
•Member, Broward County Bar Association
•Member, Business Litigation Committee, Business Law Section, Florida Bar
•Member, Cornell Club of Eastern Florida
•Member, University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club of the Palm Beaches
•Alumnus, Class V, Leadership Fort Lauderdale


Craig S. Barnett concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation in state and federal court and in administrative law tribunals. In 2009, Mr. Barnett was named a Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine, which recognizes the top 1.8 % of Florida's lawyers. He has been certified as an e-Discovery Specialist by the Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS). He also is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Mr. Barnett 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.

Areas of Concentration

•Commercial foreclosures
•Financial institution disputes and loan workouts
•Commercial landlord-tenant litigation
•E-Discovery disputes
•Business torts

Awards & Recognition

•Certified e-Discovery Specialist, Association of Certified e-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine Legal Elite, Litigation (2009)

Associated News & Events


12.10.14 Business Records Exception and the Admissibility of Prior Servicer Records - the Conflict Continues
11.13.14 Florida Court Casts Doubt on Ability to Rely on Account Histories of Prior Note Holders and Servicers

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Featured, One Day Late on Lincoln Road Rent, and You're Outta There, Daily Business Review, October 5, 2015
•Speaker, Protect This House: Addressing Environmental Issues in Commercial Leasing, Roundtable Discussion, ICSC Law Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 2015
•Panel Speaker, Post-Judgment Proceedings and Collections, Newbie Litigator School 2015 Series, Financial Poise and West LegalEdcenter, 2015
•Speaker, Electronic Data Preservation Issues in Commercial Leasing, Roundtable Discussion, ICSC Law Conference, Orlando, FL, 2014

Previous Employment

•Law Clerk, Hon. Barbara J. Pariente, Fourth District Court of Appeal (now on the Florida Supreme Court)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations: Representation of international bank in workouts of multimillion-dollar loans involving security interests in Florida and throughout the Caribbean and Central America; coordinate, manage and supervise activities of local counsel and other professionals on behalf of the bank.; Representation of holder of portfolios of defaulted commercial loans in workouts, commercial foreclosure proceedings and post-judgment collection proceedings.; Substantial experience on behalf of multinational corporate clients with electronic discovery (eDiscovery), including the prosecution of actions to enjoin destruction of electronic evidence and to obtain access to computers to obtain critical evidence of fraud and other misconduct.; Representation of national and local financial institutions in commercial foreclosures and non-judicial sales pursuant to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code throughout the State of Florida.; Successful prosecution on behalf of employers of litigation to enforce covenants not to compete 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 claims for damages.; Reported Decisions: 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)

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Business Records Exception and the Admissibility of Prior Servicer Records - the Conflict Continues
Craig S. Barnett,Avi Benayoun,Michele L. Stocker, February 17, 2015
On Nov. 5, 2014, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in Holt v. Calchas, LLC - So. 3d - (Fla. 4th DCA Nov. 5, 2014), a foreclosure action involving a note and mortgage that was not originated by the plaintiff. The decision represents the second time within a month that an...

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Craig S. Barnett

401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 2000
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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