F. Gregory Barnhart

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F. GREGORY BARNHART, senior partner, is a graduate of The Cornell Law School and widely recognized as one of America’s leading trial lawyers. Mr. Barnhart has more than 80 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. His wins include some of the highest verdicts in Florida in diverse cases including products liability, medical malpractice, aircraft and boating accidents, commercial disputes and estate litigation.

Mr. Barnhart has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the last 20 years and was named Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year” for personal injury litigation in Florida in 2010 and 2015. He has been listed as one of the “Top 100 Super Lawyers” and “One of Florida’s Top Lawyers” by South Florida Magazine and as one of the top lawyers in Florida in 2012 in Super Lawyers. He is also listed as a “Top Lawyer” in Florida Trend and Florida Legal Elite.

The Cornell Law Forum says of Mr. Barnhart, “Barnhart certainly is sharp - he is consistently recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the country, and regularly takes on Big Tobacco, the pharmaceutical industry, and other corporate defendants in cases that have an impact on a national scale.”

Mr. Barnhart is past President of the Florida Justice Association and past President of the Federal Bar Association. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Barnhart sat on the Judicial Nominating Commission, the group that selects trial judges for Palm Beach County. He was appointed by the Florida Bar and by the Governor to serve on the Fourth District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission, which he chaired from 2010 to 2011.

Mr. Barnhart has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top one percent of trial attorneys in the country. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a worldwide organization limited to 500 members by invitation only.

Mr. Barnhart is an ardent conservationist and has been Secretary of 1,000 Friends of Florida since 2005.

Mr. Barnhart is a regular speaker at seminars for trial lawyers in Florida and nationwide and is the recipient of the “Distinguished Lecturer” award from the Florida Justice Association.

(Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer of Florida 1983 to date; Trial Practice - Personal Injury and Wrongful Death; Trial Practice General; Trial Bar of the Southern District of Florida)

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Aviation Law
  • Contested Wills and Probate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
888-536-6790  Phone
800-780-8607  Phone
561-686-6300  Phone
561-684-5707  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3626, West Palm Beach, FL 33409-6601
University Attended:
Vassar College, A.B., cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
Cornell University, J.D., 1976
Year of First Admission:
1976, Florida
Palm Beach County, Federal (Treasurer, 1983-1984; Secretary, 1984-1985; Vice President, 1985-1986; President, 1986-1987) and American (Member, Litigation Section) Bar Associations; The Florida Bar (Member: Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, 1986-1989; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1986-1987); American Association for Justice; Florida Justice Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1986-1990; Secretary, 1990-1991; Treasurer, 1991-1992; President-Elect, 1992-1993; President, 1994-1995; Chair, Key Contact/Legislative Committee, 1986-1987; Continuing Legal Education and Seminar Committee, 1986-1987; Chair, Legislative Committee, 1987; Budget Review Committee, 1980; Chair, Nominating Committee, 1988-1989; Executive Committee Member, College of Diplomats, 1986—; Recipient: Distinguished Lecturer in Jurisprudence Award, 1989; Al J. Cone Award, 1994, presented by Florida Lawyers Action Group; Silver Eagle Award, 1989; Award of Excellence, 1991; Golden Eagle Award, 1994; Eagle Hall of Fame); Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County (Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2004); 1000 Friends of Florida (Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2003; Secretary, 2004—); Greater Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce (Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2003).
Birth Information:
Alpine, Texas, September 11, 1951
( Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer of Florida 1983 to date; Trial Practice - Personal Injury and Wrongful Death; Trial Practice General; Trial Bar of the Southern District of Florida )
Payment Information:
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Peer Reviews

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