Suzanne E. Gilbert

Partner
Orlando
  • T 407.244.1142

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.

Honors & Awards

  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, Commercial Litigation, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Orlando Litigation Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, 2013-2015; Litigation - Banking and Finance, 2012-2015, Banking and Finance Law, 2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2009-2013
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2014
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, Top 50 Women, 2011, 2014; Top 100 Attorney, 2014 
  • Florida Legal Elite "Up & Comer," Florida Trend magazine, 2005-2008
  • "40 Under 40," Orlando Business Journal, 2008
  • Best of Bar, Orlando Business Journal, 2005
  • University of Florida Law Student of the Year, 1996

Memberships

  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, Drafting Committee 
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel, Chair
  • American Bar Association, Board of Governors, former Member
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Executive Board, former Member 
  • 11th Circuit Historical Society, Inc., Vice President-Florida
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Board of Directors, President
  • American Counsel Association, Past President
  • Orange County Bar Association, ABA House of Delegates
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Florida Hospital Foundation Cardiovascular Institute, Board Member
  • Central Florida Sports Commission, Board Member
  • Frederick Leadership Institute, Board Member
  • Duke Club of Central Florida
  • Junior League of Greater Orlando
  • The American Law Institute