Suzanne E. Gilbert

Suzanne E. Gilbert

Holland & Knight LLP

Recognized since 2012

Orlando, Florida

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Real Estate

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
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Suzanne Gilbert practices in the areas of financial and real estate litigation, business litigation and creditors' rights.

Ms. Gilbert has experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes in federal, state and bankruptcy courts. Ms. Gilbert has substantial experience representing financial institutions and other lenders in a variety of matters, including complex commercial foreclosures, loan workouts, defense of lender liability claims, and in fraudulent transfer and preferential transfer actions. Additionally, a significant portion of her practice involves real estate litigation, including contract disputes, title issues, environmental issues and mortgage fraud. She also has significant experience in matters involving Article 3 and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. In addition to her focus on financial and real estate litigation, Ms. Gilbert has also defended class actions involving Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. She has also represented one of the world's largest biotechnology companies in disputes and arbitrations relating to product licensing arrangements.

Since 2007, Ms. Gilbert has served as the practice group leader for the firm's Central Florida Litigation Group. In addition, she chairs the firm's eDiscovery and Technology Committee. She previously served as the Orlando office coordinator of Holland & Knight’s Women’s Initiative Group, a firmwide program aimed at enhancing opportunities for female attorneys, as well as promoting marketing and client development programs for Central Florida businesswomen and community leaders. In addition, in 2003, Ms. Gilbert was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the firm’s Rising Stars program, a year-long economic development program which encourages women attorneys towards community and firm leadership, as well as their advancement in the legal profession.

In college, Ms. Gilbert was a manager for the men's basketball team at Duke University. During her tenure as head manager, the team won the 1991 and 1992 NCAA National Championships.

Contact & Links
  • 200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 2600
    Orlando, FL 32801
  • Duke University, BA
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • 11th Circuit Historical Society, Inc. - Vice President-Florida
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American Counsel Association - Member
  • Central Florida Sports Commission - Board Member
  • Duke Club of Central Florida - Member
  • Florida Blue Key - Member
  • Florida Hospital Foundation Cardiovascular Institute - Board Member
  • Frederick Leadership Institute - Board Member
  • Junior League of Greater Orlando - Member
  • Orange County Bar Association - Member
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Board of Directors, President
  • The American Law Institute - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Banking and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Banking and Finance Law, Orlando (2017)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, Orlando (2012)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Real Estate
Special Focus:
  • Biotechnology
  • University of Florida Law Student of the Year, 1996
  • Best of Bar, Orlando Business Journal, 2005
  • "40 Under 40," Orlando Business Journal, 2008
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer," Florida Trend magazine, 2005-2008
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2013; Top 50 Women, 2011
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2009-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
  • Corporate Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law

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