Business Sense

The Houston Firm brings business savvy to your goals and challenges. We deliver customized legal counsel for the life of your enterprise, from startup and capital raising to growing or restructuring. Our comprehensive services range from strategic planning and putting together complex deals to courtroom advocacy and debt solutions when your company is threatened.

Serving Fort Lauderdale And Broward County
For 30-Plus Years

The Confidence 
To Make Your Move

From 30 years of experience negotiating deals and litigating business disputes and commercial bankruptcies, I can help clients avoid pitfalls and nip conflicts in the bud. I am a strong believer in using targeted litigation to get a business resolution. Aggressive representation gets results when you know which buttons to push.

The Houston Firm has many longstanding clients –from mom-and-pop retailers to large commercial developers – who have come to trust my insights and advice.

Business Solutions

Business Strategy And Consulting

Business Strategy And Consulting

Structuring And Transactions

Structuring And Transactions

Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Business Litigation And Dispute Resolution

Commercial Bankruptcy (Ch. 11 Reorganization)

Commercial Bankruptcy (Chapter 11 Reorganization)

Workouts And Debt Restructuring

Workouts And Debt Restructuring

Bankruptcy Litigation (Adversary Proceedings)

Bankruptcy Litigation (Adversary Proceedings)

We Realize That Business Is 

It’s never “just business.” You have a vested financial stake as well as a visceral personal investment in the success of your enterprise. You may have anxiety about going “all in” on a commercial venture. Or perhaps you’re in knots because your company is struggling and the vultures are circling.

I will listen to your issues with a caring and compassionate ear. I’ll help you troubleshoot the problem from all angles. I’ll partner with you to figure it out and get you through the problem. And then, I am always just a phone call away when the next opportunity arises or the next conflict rears its head.

Your Home-Grown
Business Lawyer

I am Bart A. Houston, an experienced and diversified attorney with deep roots in the Fort Lauderdale area. My father and mentor, J. Edward Houston, was a bankruptcy judge, bank president and civic leader who was a driving force in shaping and promoting Broward County. I had the privilege of practicing law with him until his passing in 2014, and The Houston Firm carries on the legacy of high-caliber and hands-on support for the local business community.

I am AV rated* through Martindale-Hubbell and licensed in Florida and Georgia, including the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern districts of Florida and for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Is The Key To Positive Results

Seeking help is the hardest part.
We are here when you are ready.