Patrick C. Barthet has held various leadership positions over the last forty years. He chaired the commercial practice of one of Miami’s most respected law firms; created a paralegal curriculum in 1985 still offered today and which has since educated thousands of students; and was elected President in 1986, 1992 and again in 2007 of the city’s oldest and most active business networking organization. He has represented many of South Florida’s most recognized and respected names in the construction, maritime and healthcare

industries through both good and bad times, always providing the practical counsel they require. Known for telling clients not what they wish to hear but what they need to know, Patrick has always stood out from other lawyers.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities

  • No Written Change Order, Journal of Light Construction (September 2014)
  • Why Use a ‘Time Is of the Essence’ Provision, Journal of Light Construction (June 2014)
  • Giving Back What You’ve Earned: Resisting Preference Claims, American Subcontractor Association (June 2014)
  • Paid in Full – Really, Journal of Light Construction (May 2014)
  • Business Resources Disappearing Before Your Eyes, American Subcontractor Association (May 2014)
  • Oops was that 100 or 1,000 feet: who made the mistake, Journal of Light Construction (April 2014)
  • Are You Prepared? Surviving an OSHA Inspection, Commercial Construction & Renovation (February 2014)
  • Lien On, Journal of Light Construction (November 2013)
  • Sales Agreement Specifics, Journal of Light Construction (September 2013)
  • Pay-when-Paid Provisions, Modus Magazine (August 2012)
  • Releasing your Rights, The Executive Magazine (July 2012)
  • Who’s at Fault, The Executive Magazine (May 2012)
  • All that Fine Print, The Executive Magazine (April 2012)
  • Tweet at your own Risk, The Executive Magazine (March 2012)
  • Is the grass really greener, The Executive Magazine (September 2011)
  • Hands off: That’s my Secret, The Executive Magazine (August 2011)
  • Get it Signed: Risks to Working Without a Contract, American Painting Contractor Magazine (June 2011)
  • The 3P’s of Price Adjustment Clauses, Southeast Construction (July 2010) Co-author
  • Business Preparedness: Having a Buy Sell Agreement, The Economic Update (April 2010)
  • Guaranty Agreements: Fueling Today’s Financial Transactions, The Executive Magazine (November 2009)
  • Name of the Game, The Economic Update (September 2009)
  • Cross-Border Bankruptcy, The Economic Update (July 2009)
  • Waiting To Get Paid: Are Pay When Paid Provisions a Matter of When or If, Florida Bar Journal, (1999) Co-author
  • With or Without Notice – Obtaining a Replevin Writ Prior to Final Judgment, Florida Bar Journal (December 2002) Co-author
  • Hidden Traps and Treasures in Florida’s Lien Law, Building Florida (Issues 1 and 2, 2003) Co-author
  • All is Not Lost: The Making of a Common Law Bond, Construction Executive (June 2005)
  • Overestimating a Construction Project, Southeast Construction (February 2004)

Recognition and Awards

  • Honorary Consul of Malta
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • B.A., 1968, Fordham University
  • M.A., 1971, New York University
  • J.D., 1979, University of Miami


  • Florida’s state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida