Francesca A. Ippolito-Craven



Francesca Ippolito-Craven is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of Kubicki Draper's Hospitality, Retail & Premises Practice Group. She regularly handles complex civil and business litigation matters in Federal and State courts throughout Florida, and in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Francesca's practice focuses on providing expert legal guidance, and handling contractual and litigation matters for lodging establishments and restaurant owners, real estate developers/developments, franchisees, management companies, vendors, and contractors. She is also well-versed in representing boat and vessel owners, rental and excursion companies, brokers and marinas on property damage and personal injury claims, Limitation of Liability Act, as well as contractual matters. In addition, Francesca has extensive experience representing contractors, developers, owners, manufacturers and distributors in matters involving construction defects, accidents, products liability and environmental matters. 

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 relevant to the hospitality/tourism and construction industries, and lectured to owners, operators, contractors, risk management, security, in-house counsel, brokers and insurers on a variety of legal issues. From 2010 through 2021, Francesca co-authored the Florida section of the nationally published Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Publishers).

Amusement & Theme Parks
Apartments & Condominiums
Bars and Nightclubs
Concert venues
Cruise Lines
Construction & development
Events & Festivals
Health Clubs/Gyms & Spas
Lodging establishments (Hotels, resorts, vacation clubs & conventions)
Retail & Shopping Centers
Tours & Excursions
Vessel owners, rental companies and brokers
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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper Hospitality, Retail, and Premises Liability Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Miami Dade County Chapter, Government Relations/Advocacy Committee Member
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA), Board of Directors (2016-2022) and Conference Programs Committee (2022 through the present)
  • Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Attorneys, Member
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member, Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Section
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • The Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS), Conference Planning Committee, 2019

Certifications / Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • "AV Preeminent" Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • AHIA 
  • Martindale-Hubbell 

Speaking Engagements / Presentations

  • "We Got Your Back! -- Examining and Defeating Spinal Injury Claims," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2023
  • "The Limitation of Liability Act: Still Making Waves on Plaintiff's Claims," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2022
  • "The More the Merrier: Risk Transfer," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2022
  • "Construction Accident Litigation: Pitfalls, Perils and Litigation," James River, 2021
  • "Nursing Home Claims: How to Handle with Skilled Care from Pre-Suit through Litigation," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2021
  • "Gym Liability: An Exercise in Civility," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2021
  • "A Reservation for Exploitation: Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2020
  • "Bugs, Drugs and Thieves," Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2020
  • "COVID-19 Claims Will Be Contagious: What’s to Come for the Hospitality Industry?” Kubicki Draper Webinar, 2020
  • "Security After Las Vegas," Panelist, AHIA, 2018
  • “Reservation for Exploitation: Recognizing, Preventing, and Confronting Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry,” Hospitality Law Conference, 2018
  • "Discussion of the Most Frequent Claims and How to Prevent Them," CLM, 2018
  • “Managing Outside Counsel,” Legends of the Boardroom, 2017
  • "Comparative Negligence," FIGA, 2017
  • “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

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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 200 attorneys.


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