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  • Stetson University College of Law in 2001, Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • University of South Florida, Master of Public Health, 1991
  • Tusculum College, Bachelor of Science, 1988
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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Education
  • Stetson University College of Law in 2001, Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • University of South Florida, Master of Public Health, 1991
  • Tusculum College, Bachelor of Science, 1988
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all State courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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Attorney Name
Barbara A. Hart
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Biography

Ms. Hart is a shareholder with the law firm of Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A., having joined the firm in 2009. Ms. Hart is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law. Since joining Stichter Riedel, Ms. Hart has focused much of her practice on the sale of distressed assets and the workout of commercial debts, both in and out of state and federal courts. Cases with assets have included: golf courses, shopping centers and entertainment complexes, restaurants, hotels, office buildings, warehouses, industrial and environmentally sensitive properties, undeveloped land, leasehold interests and healthcare contracts. Ms. Hart has practiced in the area of bankruptcy and commercial litigation since graduating with honors from Stetson University College of Law in 2001, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Stetson Law Review, and was the recipient of the Judge Stanley Milledge Award and the McBride Family Scholarship. Prior to joining Stichter Riedel, Ms. Hart had extensive experience with the representation of both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases, out of court workouts, and state court proceedings. Ms. Hart also served a two year term as law clerk for the Honorable Judge K. Rodney May, United Stated Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida. 

 
Honors and Distinctions
  • Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law
  • Listed Top Lawyer in Banking and Finance Litigation, by Tampa Magazine in Tampa, 2016, 2017
  • Listed, Florida Trend's "Legal Elite" in the area of "Bankruptcy and Workout Law" 2016, 2017
  • Listed, Florida Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2017
  • Listed as Florida "Super Lawyer," in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice in "Florida Super Lawyers" 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Rated "AV" (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Recognized by The Supreme Court of Florida for exceptional pro bono service in 2015, 2016
  • "Rising Star," in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice in "Florida Super Lawyers" 2011
  • Former Chair, TBBBA Credit Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E) Program
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (TBBBA) (2016 - 2018)
  • Board of Directors, International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, Florida Network (2016 - 2018)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Bar Business Law Section
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Speaking Engagements
Publications
  • Defendants Beware: The Middle District of Florida Casts Doubt on Federal Jurisdiction over an Action Arising in a State Court Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors; co-authored with Edward Peterson and Donald Kirk
  • Property of the Estate: Some Close Questions; co-authored with Harley E. Riedel
  • Two Worlds Collide: The Interplay Between State and Bankruptcy Courts; co-authored with Russell M. Blain and Mark F. Robens
Publications and Speaking Engagements
 
Representation

Ms. Hart has served as lead or co-counsel for debtors in Chapter 11 cases, and for both plaintiffs and defendants in complicated, commercial foreclosure actions. Some of these are listed below:

  • HRK Holdings, LLC and HRK Industries, LLC- ongoing Chapter 11 reorganization of a 675 acre industrial development site.
  • St. Pete Beach Properties, LLC- confirmed Chapter 11 reorganization of a hotel development project and resolution of disputes with Cadence Bank.
  • Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation)- representation of Special Liquidator as plaintiff in foreclosure action related to Channelside Bay Plaza and as defendant in an eviction action by the Tampa Port Authority.
  • Representation of numerous real estate developers in resolution of construction loans ranging from $1 million dollars to over $100 million dollars.
  • The Villas Condominiums Association, Inc. v. Villas Funding Company, Inc., et al., - successfully defended $15 million dollar Negligent Misrepresentation Claim Against Manager of Condo Converter and Officer through appeal to the Second DCA
  • Universal Health Care Group Inc.
Mediation
 
Reported Decisions
  • In re Dubovoy, 377 B.R. 7058 (Bankr. M.D. Fla 2006)
  • Villas Condominiums Ass'n, Inc. v. Manuel, et al., 95 so.3d 233 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)