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.

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

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Miami Dade County Chapter
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, Board of Directors, Conference Chair & Member
  • Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Attorneys, Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Member, Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Section
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
  • Defense Research Institute, Retail & Hospitality Section, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association Special Awards and Recognitions
  • "AV Preeminent" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • "AV Preeminent" Rated by Martindale Hubbell

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "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
  • "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 Seminar, 2012
  • "Desperately Seeking Summary Judgment: Strategies in Premises Liability Cases, Kubicki Draper, Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • Speaker, 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 2015 ed.) Florida Law Section
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25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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Key West, FL 33040

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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

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Orlando, FL 32801

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101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

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Jacksonville, FL 32207

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125 West Romana Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

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In 1963, Gene Kubicki founded the firm based on dedication to excellence. The same high standards have been maintained for over five decades -- years which have seen the firm’s ranks swell to over 100 attorneys.


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