Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven



Francesca Ippolito-Craven is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of Kubicki Draper’s Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, and she focuses her practice on these industries. Her experience includes representation of owners, operators, developers, contractors and franchisees in hospitality and retail related operational and management issues, transactional matters and litigation.

Francesca is an “AV Preeminent” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and is a Certified Continuing Education Instructor for the State of Florida. Throughout her career, she has written articles and lectured to hoteliers, retailers and insurers on a variety of hospitality and retail legal issues. Since 2010, Francesca has co-authored the Florida section of the nationally published Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Publishers).

Francesca is actively involved in international and national hospitality and retail associations and organizations. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys.


  • Lodging establishments (Hotels, resorts, vacation clubs & conventions)
  • Restaurants
  • Health Clubs/Gyms & Spas
  • Bars and Nightclubs
  • Security
  • Events & Festivals
  • Amusement & Theme Parks
  • Cruise Lines
  • Marinas
  • Casinos
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Valet
  • Retail & Shopping Centers
Practice Areas


  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • Florida State University (B.A., 1994)


  • State of Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Certifications / Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality and Retail Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Miami Dade County Chapter
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Board of Directors, Past Conference Chair
  • Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Attorneys, Member
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member, Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Section
  • Defense Research Institute, Retail and Hospitality Section, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • "AV Preeminent" Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • “Security Legal Issues,” LIV Nightclub, 2017
  • "Hospitality Legal Issues," Sound Hospitality Management, LLC, 2017
  • "Hospitality Legal Issues," Grand Beach Hotel, 2017
  • "Trucking Case Law and Regulations Update and/or Motor Carrier, Trucking and Cargo Law Developments," FIGA, 2016
  • "Common Types of Claims Against Lodging Establishments," Marriott Vacations Worldwide, 2016
  • "Corporate Representative Depositions, 2015 Appellate Decisions & Transferring Risk in Construction Defects Cases," FIGA, 2015
  • "Appellate Overview & Early Case Resolution," FIGA, 2015
  • "Excessive Use of Force & Other Security Issues," Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys Spring Meeting, 2015
  • "Excessive Use of Force & Other Security Issues," Fontainebleau, Miami Beach, 2014
  • "Florida 5-Hour Law and Ethics Update," Gallagher Bassett, 2014
  • "Foundations of Products Liability: Hot Topics and Defense Strategies," Claims Management Inc., Walmart, 2014
  • "SPAS,",Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorney (AHIA), Spring Meeting, 2013
  • "Florida Hotel Legal Issues," Grand Beach Hotel, 2012
  • "Desperately Seeking Summary Judgment: Strategies in Premises Liability Cases," Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2012
  •  Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorney (AHIA), Spring Meeting, 2012
  • "Premises Liability," Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • "Hotel, Event Sponsorship & Amusement Parks," Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2009

Published Works

  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium (Aspen Publishers, 2010 through 2017 ed.) Florida Law Section
  • "How Hotels Can Minimize the Bite of the Zika Virus", Hotel Business Review, December 2016 (Updated 2017, KD Quarterly Winter Edition)
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