Brett Barfield

Brett Alan Barfield is a partner with the international law firm, Holland & Knight.  Based in Miami, Mr. Barfield practices in the area of business litigation with an emphasis on domestic and international contract and fraud disputes, construction litigation, and litigation under the Hague Convention on international parental child abduction.

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.

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.

Mr. Barfield received a Bachelors Degree in English from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he was valedictorian.

Brett’s favorite children’s book is Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (and the Velveteen Rabbit!)


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