Leonard H. Gilbert practices in the areas of banking,
commercial finance, asset based lending, creditors' rights, insolvency,
arbitration and commercial litigation, as well as maintaining an active
transactional practice. He is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Practice
Group. Mr. Gilbert’s emphasis has been in the representation of financial
institutions and other institutional lenders. In his bankruptcy practice, Mr.
Gilbert has represented numerous state, national and international banks and
other financial institutions and public bodies, secured and unsecured creditors'
committees and equity.
Mr. Gilbert frequently speaks on legal topics pertaining to his practice and
has lectured extensively. He has written for various law reviews, was an editor
of Collier on Bankruptcy, has lectured for The Florida Bar, the
American Bar Institute, Sections of the American Bar Association, PLI, the
International Bar Association, UNC School of Law's Banking Institute, the
International Insolvency Institute and the American Bar Foundation.
In addition, Mr. Gilbert is a certified circuit civil mediator and is on the
mediator roster for the United States District Court for the Middle District of
Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of
In re Hillisborough Holdings, Inc — This was the largest case of its type in the Middle District of Florida. It involved more than $1.2 billion. I represented the investors/equity, the KKR group of New York/Califorinia. After protracted and expensiver litigation over diffficult questions of law and appeals, long negotiations around the country and serious efforts on the part of all concerned--many parties and lawyers--a successful plan was reached. As a result the companies, Walter Industries and related companies, operate today.
Poe Insurance — This was a substantial reorganization of companies related to the ligquidation of several insurance companies in the state of Florida.
The case was successfully reorganized although related llitigation is ongoing.
In re General Development Corporation — This was a complicated real estate reorganization in which I represented the lender group of 10 US and foreign lenders. It had many issues, including then ongoing criminal trial of the company officers. Despite the financial problems, sagging economy and bad publicity, with cooperation of all, the case was successfully reogranized.
Other Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of