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Bernard A. Barton, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Section, and his emphasis is in the areas of federal, state and local taxation and business transactions in general. His primary client focus has been the representation of entrepreneurs, but he also represents public companies and regulated industries in tax and tax related matters.

He negotiates and manages various business transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, as well as financing related matters, such as leveraged leases, sale/leasebacks, synthetic leases and the tax aspects of tax-exempt financing. Some of the substantive areas of his state tax experience include sales and use taxes, corporate income tax, documentary stamp tax, intangible tax, ad valorem tax and various excise taxes. He has handled a broad range of federal income tax matters, and has significant experience in real estate tax matters such as tax-free property exchanges, planning around "dealer" status to achieve capital gains treatment, use of guaranteed payments for federal income tax purposes to save state taxes and other areas. He also has substantial experience in handling administrative and litigated tax disputes. In addition, Mr. Barton advises clients on the federal and state tax effects of purchasing and owning aircraft. He recommends and counsels on tax efficient structures to reduce the state tax cost of acquisition yet maintaining and maximizing federal income tax benefits all in compliance with Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.

Mr. Barton is the editor and contributing author of Florida Taxation, Shepard's-McGraw-Hill, 1991. He is a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the State Income Tax Alert published by the State Taxation Institute.

Mr. Barton has been named to the The Best Lawyers in America guide for Tax Law for over 10 years.


  • 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 4100
    Tampa, FL 33602


  • English


  • University of Florida , LLM -Tax, graduated 1976
  • University of Florida, graduated 1976
  • University of Florida , Bachelor of Arts, graduated 1969
  • University of Florida , Bachelor of Arts, graduated 1969
  • University of Florida, graduated 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Foundation - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation and Controversy - Tax Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Tax Law, Tampa (2019)
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tampa (2018)
  • Tax Law, Tampa (2016)
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tampa (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law

Special Focus

  • Audits
  • Controversy
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Disputes
  • Tax Planning


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Lawyers magazine, July 2009
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2013
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Tax: State & Local, 2007-2013


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