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Gilbert Garcia Group

Gilbert Garcia Group

Gilbert Garcia Group is a diverse group of attorneys practicing law throughout the State of Florida. Our services include Real Estate Transactions & Litigation, Business Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships, Probate, Trusts, and Commercial Law & Litigation. Our attorneys have nearly 100 years of combined expertise in these areas, and we are committed to providing our clients with outstanding legal services. We represent all manner of clients, large and small, from individuals and start-ups to real estate developers and financial institutions. We pride ourselves on providing individualized, tailored service to our clients, giving personal attention to our valued clients.

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Big Firm Skills, Boutique Firm Approach

We have the knowledge, skills, and resources of a large firm, but we never let our clients fall through the cracks. When you retain Gilbert Garcia Group, you’ll know who is handling your case, and you’ll know that you can trust your matter in their hands.

Compassionate Service to the Tampa Bay Community

Gilbert Garcia Group is a certified women and minority-owned business. We are dedicated not only to providing excellent legal services to Florida clients, but also to giving back to the community that has embraced us for more than thirty years. We’re associated with a number of excellent non-profit and charitable organizations, offering pro bono services or charitable contributions to ensure that we leave the Tampa Bay community better off than we found it.

Dedicated Areas of Practice

The talented litigation and transactional attorneys at Gilbert Garcia Group offer a wide range of legal services across an assortment of practice areas. Give us a call or email to find out how we can help you or your business with your legal matter.

Real Estate Litigation & Transactions

Gilbert Garcia Group represents purchasers, sellers, lenders, underwriters, investors, and other parties in all manner of real estate transactions. We’ll help you with financing, surveying, resolving title issues, negotiating contracts, generating leases, and a host of other transactional matters. Should disputes arise down the line, our talented real estate litigation team helps clients deal with breach of contract allegations, foreclosures, eviction proceedings, easements, landlord-tenant disputes, and litigation involving all manner of other real estate issues.

Foreclosure

Foreclosure is a complex process in Florida, requiring a knowledgeable, nuanced approach. We help banks and other lenders secure the property and the finances they are owed, applying our knowledge gained through decades of Florida real estate practice. If you’re seeking foreclosure or other default services, Gilbert Garcia Group is ready to help secure your valued assets and interests.

Corporate/Business Law

The corporate law attorneys at Gilbert Garcia Group have spent decades helping businesses wade through all aspects of Florida business law. We assist businesses large and small with everything from entity formation and business development to mergers and acquisition, employment contracts, NDAs, intellectual property matters, and much more. Whether you are an entrepreneur generating your first start-up, an established company looking to franchise, or the operator of a large corporation, our Florida corporate/business law attorneys are here to offer seasoned, savvy, and well-considered advice and representation.

Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy team at Gilbert Garcia Group provides comprehensive legal services for clients whose interests are affected by bankruptcy proceedings. We help creditors and other parties protect their investments, assets, and other financial concerns in Chapter 7, Chapter 9, Chapter 11, Chapter 13, and Chapter 15 bankruptcies.

Estate Planning

It’s never too soon to start planning for your future and the future of your family. The best way to ensure your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes and to make sure that your loved ones are as financially secure and protected as you can make them is to develop a comprehensive estate plan. Our dedicated estate plan lawyers aid clients with generating estate plan documents, trust administration, guardianship proceedings, asset protection, estate tax counseling, and resolving probate.

Civil Litigation

Gilbert Garcia Group employs only the most talented and hardworking civil litigators. Our trial team has decades of experience taking cases all the way from inception through discovery, motion practice, settlement negotiations, oral arguments, trial, and appeals. We represent clients in a wide range of civil matters including probate, real estate matters, foreclosure, commercial collections, commercial litigation, breach of contract, bankruptcy, and many more. For a full-service litigation team ready to fight for you until you get the result you deserve, Gilbert Garcia Group is here for you.

We Make It Simple!

Working with us is made simple. If you are unsure if we provide the services you are requesting or if you have a case, reach out to one of our attorneys today! We are happy to take your call and work through your matter together. If there’s a way we can help secure the outcome you desire, we’ll find it.

Tampa-Based Law Firm Providing Excellent Service to Clients Across Florida

If you’re in need of legal advice or representation regarding Florida business law, real estate transactions or real estate disputes, estate planning, bankruptcy, or other commercial litigation matters, call Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A. today. Our dedicated legal professionals are standing by to help you protect your property, your business, your finances, and your future.

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Meet Your Dedicated Team
Michelle Garcia Gilbert, Esquire

Michelle Gilbert is admitted to the Florida Bar (1986), District of Columbia Bar (2020), Middle District of Florida (1988), Northern District of Florida (2005), Southern District of Florida (2006), U.S. Supreme Court (2000), and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2003). She matriculated at the University of South Florida (B.A., 1982, cum laude), and the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1985). She is a member of the following associations: Greater Tampa Association of Realtors; Bay Area Real Estate Council, Inc., Board of Directors; Hillsborough County Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Solo and Small Firm, Diversity, and Military and Veteran Sections); Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, Business, and Solo and Small Firm Sections); American Legal and Financial Network; Legal League 100 (Vice Chairperson, 2016-19; Advisory Council Member, 2014-19; Special Initiatives Working Group, 2017- present); REOMAC, Attorney Agent; Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund/ Old Republic; and Westcor Title.

Michelle manages Gilbert Garcia Group’s foreclosure, real estate, probate, guardianship, business law, and litigation practices, and oversees Sapphire Title & Escrow Company. She leads Gilbert Garcia Group and Sapphire Title in advocacy, training, and consulting to their clients, as well as engaging in monthly community service initiatives and sponsorships.

Amy M. Kiser, Esquire

Amy Kiser is admitted to the Florida Bar (2007), Middle District of Florida (2013), Northern District of Florida (2013), and Southern District of Florida (2013. She matriculated at the University of South Florida Honors College (B.A. Political Science, 2004), and Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 2007, Advocacy Board Member).

Amy joined Gilbert Garcia Group in 2013, bringing years of experience representing clients in real estate and corporate transactions, probate, and estate planning. As partner, Amy’s practice focuses on representing creditors in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, and lenders in all aspects of foreclosure matters. She is a regular contributor to industry publications, as well as the firm’s newsletters and website. Amy is a passionate community advocate; she enjoys volunteering with local charities and providing pro bono legal services.

Joseph N. Dayan, Esquire

Joseph Dayan is admitted to the Florida Bar (1987) and the Middle District of Florida (2000). He matriculated at the University of South Florida (B.A. Political Science, 1992, cum laude), and Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1985, Phi Delta Phi).

Joseph is a highly experienced litigator, skilled in trials, motion practice, legal writing, alternative dispute resolution, foreclosures, business law, estate planning, real estate transactions, and criminal defense. At Gilbert Garcia Group, Joseph prosecutes litigated foreclosure files on behalf of lender clients; manages general civil litigation on behalf of firm clients for both plaintiff and defendants in breach of contract, construction, and partition matters; and represents clients in estate planning and real estate transactions, including drafting contracts and instruments of title.

Tilford Yates, Esquire

Tilford Yates is admitted to the Florida Bar (2021) and the Illinois Bar (2019). He matriculated at the University of New Mexico (B.A. Strategic Communications, 2012), and IIT Chicago Kent College of Law (J.D., 2018)

Tilford joined the firm’s probate, guardianship, estate planning, business transactions, and real estate transaction groups. He comes to Florida from Chicago, Illinois, where Tilford represented buyers and sellers in complex real estate transactions, as well as formed and drafted operating agreements on behalf of limited liability companies. Tilford prides himself in making sure his clients are “truly heard,” and prioritizes timely and effective client communication in his practice of law.

Ydelmis Cutino, Esquire

Ydelmis Cutino is admitted to the Florida Bar (2024). She matriculated at the W.M.U. Cooley Law School (J.D., 2021), and the University of South Florida (B.A., Business Science Management, 2018) and is certified as a Florida Notary Signing Agent, Remote Online Notary Agent, and Microsoft Office Specialist.

Alexis Toro Castro, Esquire

Skilled in legal writing and civil litigation, Alexis joined Gilbert Garcia Group in 2022 as a law clerk in the Firm’s civil department. He matriculated at the University of South Florida and W.M.U. Cooley Law School before being admitted to the Florida Bar and becoming an associate attorney at the Firm in 2023. Since joining the Firm, Alexis has expanded his civil litigation experience to include areas in breach of contract, real estate, HOA, and business law.

Brittany Harvey, Esquire

Brittany Harvey is admitted to the Florida Bar (2016) and the Middle District of Florida (2020). She matriculated at Florida State University (B.S. Criminology, 2012) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 2016, cum laude, Phi Delta Phi, Mock Trial Board).


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