Luis E. Barreto, Managing Partner


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Miami, Florida

(305) 358-1771

(305) 358-1773


Luis is a probate and guardianship litigator with over 23 years of experience in the field.  Determination of heirs, will contests, breaches of fiduciary duty, removal of personal representatives, guardians and trustees are just some of the types of litigation he addresses.  In addition, he administers non-contested estates and guardianships.  

He has served as a conflict public defender in Baker Act and Marchman Act proceedings.  Luis is regularly appointed by the Court to serve as counsel for alleged incapacitated persons.

At present, he represents several professional guardians and fiduciaries.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning 



Probate Administration 


Elder Law 

Probate Litigation

Guardianship Litigation 

Trust Litigation 

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1992


University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida

  • Juris Doctor – 1992

Florida International University, Miami, Florida

  • Bachelor of Business Administration – 1988
  • Major: Finance

Significant Reported Decisions

  • Delgado v. The Estate of Garriga, 870 So.2d 912 (Fla. 3 DCA 2004)
  • Griem v. Becker, 994 So.2d 1125 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
  • Cutler v. Cutler, 994 So.2d 341 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008)
  • Griem v. Becker, 4 So.3d 721 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
  • Buroz v. Buroz, 19 So.3d 1140 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
  • Tudela-Barreda v. Van Breugel, 19 So.3d 317 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009
  • Cutler v. Cutler, 84 So.3d 1172 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012)
  • Barreto v. Sharpe, 95 So.3d 321 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012)

Honors and Awards

  • “Put Something Back” Pro Bono Project, Guardianship – Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution, 2003
  • Service Award – Miami-Dade County Bar Association Probate and Guardianship Committee, 2008 – 2009
  • Recipient of the Javier Caballero Scholarship, 1983
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Lead Counsel Rated in Probate Law and Estate Planning

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • CABA, Cuban American Bar Association, Member
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Chairman, Probate and Guardianship Committee
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Activities

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Pro Bono Activities
  • Representation of Indigent Clients by Court Appointment
  • Global Heir Location and Investigation
  • Administration of Assets belonging to Cuban Nationals


  • English
  • Spanish (Native Proficiency)