F. Stephanie Barnhart

Forrest Stephanie “Stephanie” Barnhart worked with a prestigious international law firm in New York and clerked for Judges Robert M. Gross and Martha C. Warner in Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals before becoming an Associate with Searcy Denney.  She works with attorney Donald J. Ward’s team and others, on medical malpractice, motor vehicle, sexual assault, and other personal injury cases.   

Ms. Barnhart graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, where she was one of five students selected to be a Presidential Fellow. She earned her law degree from The Cornell Law School, where she was an Honors Fellow selected to help teach first year law students, an Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal, and a member of the Moot Court Board.  Ms. Barnhart also participated in the New York Pro Bono Scholars Program, helping indigent children who would not otherwise have representation.  Since 2020, she has served on the board of the Cornell Law Young Professionals Network.    

A member of the Florida Bar and the New York Bar, Ms. Barnhart is also admitted to practice in the Southern District of Florida and the Middle District of Florida.  She is an active member of the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Palm Beach County Justice Association, and the Palm Beach County Bar Association. 

Ms. Barnhart, the daughter of two attorneys, grew up in Palm Beach County and now lives in the northern part of the county with her husband, Travis Kuster.  She enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her family and their Boston Terrier, Winnie.