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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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  • 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 primarily practices in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  She is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law and leads the firm’s state court litigation practice, which concentrates on the defense of commercial debt collection efforts.  Ms. Hart has significant court room experience, and regularly represents Chapter 11 debtors in reorganization cases and commercial borrowers and lenders in state and federal court actions.  Ms. Hart is also experienced in the sale of distressed assets, financial restructurings, the workout of commercial debts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and receiverships.

Ms. Hart was recognized by Tampa Bay Magazine in its 2016 and 2017 publications as the top lawyer in banking and finance litigation and by Super Lawyers 2017 magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the State of Florida and the top 50 women lawyers in the State of Florida.  

Ms. Hart graduated 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.  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, Florida Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2017
  • 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 as Florida "Super Lawyer," in the area of bankruptcy/insolvency practice in "Florida Super Lawyers" 2015-2017
  • 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
Government Service
Speaking Engagements
Publications
  • Defendants Beware: The Middle District Declines Jurisdiction over ABC Action; 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:

  • Naples Diagnostic Imaging Center - representation of receiver
  • HRK Holdings, LLC and HRK Industries, LLC- confirmed 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.
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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)