ORLANDO, Fla. (April 29, 2019) – Holland & Knight Partner Suzanne E. Gilbert was among 29 honorees receiving Women Who Mean Business Awards from the Orlando Business Journal at a ceremony on April 26. The annual awards honor the region's most savvy and successful businesswomen.
Ms. Gilbert was honored as a Business Executive of the Year for her litigation success on behalf of clients, deep community involvement and professional leadership.
Ms. Gilbert practices in the areas of financial and real estate litigation, business litigation and creditors' rights. Since 2007, she has served as the practice group leader for Holland & Knight's Central Florida Litigation Group. She is recognized as a leading attorney in her area by The Best Lawyers in America, maintains an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is included in Florida Trend's Legal Elite Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Women attorneys in Florida.
"Suzanne is an integral part of our firm and provides invaluable wisdom to her clients and those of us who are fortunate to work with her on a day-to-day basis," said Glenn Adams, executive partner of Holland & Knight's Orlando office. "This award is a testament to her tireless work in the community and leadership within the legal profession."
In the community, she is a member and past president of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater board of directors. She is also a member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates where she has represented the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) for the last nine years. Ms. Gilbert serves as secretary on the executive committee of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, as a member of the United Arts development committee, and on the boards of the OCBA Legal Aid Society and Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Additionally, she is very active with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
"I think of Suzanne whenever I hear this quote from Margaret Thatcher, 'if you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman,'" says Shelley Lauten, CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. "Whether it's serving her clients, or serving her community, Suzanne can be counted on not only to get it done, but to get it done at the highest level of excellence."
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