Leonard H. Gilbert - Holland & Knight, LLP

Leonard H. Gilbert

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 813-227-6481

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 Florida.

Emory UniversityHarvard University Law SchoolLL.B 1961
American Bar AssociationCheatwood Inn of Court, American Inns of CourtAmerican College of BankruptcyWorking Group on Legal OpinionsInternational Insolvency InstituteAmerican Bar FoundationInternational Bar Association

Case History

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 Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Office Location

100 North Tampa Street, Suite 4100
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Tampa Metro Area
Leonard H. Gilbert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial)
Commercial Litigation
Equipment Finance Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Real Estate

Other Information

Gender: Male