Leonard H. Gilbert Receives Founder’s Award from International Insolvency Institute

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Holland & Knight’s Leonard H. Gilbert, a partner in the firm's Tampa office, was honored on June 19 at the International Insolvency Institute’s (III) Legendary Dinner, held at Middle Temple in London, England.

At the dinner, Mr. Gilbert was presented with the III’s Founder’s Award, given to members who, through their efforts over the years, have made a substantial contribution to further the goals, mission and work of the organization. The Founder's Award is bestowed in honor of III founder E. Bruce Leonard (1944-2017).

Mr. Gilbert, who has practiced bankruptcy law for more than five decades, has acted as a director, officer and secretary of the III. The award recognizes Mr. Gilbert’s "fairness, integrity, courtesy, zeal, forensic skill, legal acumen, good sense, and respect for fellow lawyers" over the course of his distinguished career.

Mr. Gilbert is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a member of Holland & Knight’s Financial Services Practice Group. He has represented numerous state, national and international banks and other financial institutions, as well as public bodies and secured and unsecured creditors’ committees. He has had significant involvement in high profile and complex cases receiving international attention. He is consistently recognized as a top bankruptcy and creditors' rights lawyer by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America, and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Gilbert is a former president of The Florida Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He is a current member of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and formerly served as the director of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Gilbert has also served as director and regent of the American College of Bankruptcy and treasurer and director of the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation.