Gary M. Freedman focuses his practice on bankruptcy and restructuring, complex business litigation, creditors’ rights, collection defense for judgment debtors, commercial foreclosure, director, officer, manager and member liability litigation, and fraud litigation.
He has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, and he served as the Liquidating Trustee in the world’s fifth largest cruise line’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida. He also has extensive experience representing lenders and business entrepreneurs in complex commercial litigation, business disputes and related transactions.
Freedman is certified in creditors’ rights law by the American Board of Certification (ABC), which for over twenty years has certified lawyers in creditors’ rights, business bankruptcy and consumer bankruptcy. ABC, the nation’s premier legal specialty certification organization, is sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three ABC certification programs are accredited by the American Bar Association. ABC’s creditors’ rights certification has not been accredited by the Florida Bar, which does not offer a certification in creditors’ rights.
He has been lead counsel in numerous director, officer and third-party breach of fiduciary duty matters. In addition, Freedman directed the investigation and recovery efforts in the Nevin Shapiro/Capitol Investments Ponzi scheme bankruptcy cases pending in South Florida. He also has experience in defending financial institutions against RICO and money laundering claims.
Freedman has received numerous awards throughout his career, including being named a “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers magazine in 2007-2017 and being presented with the 2014 Corporate International Magazine Global Award for Bankruptcy Litigation Attorney of the Year in Florida. He was also a Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer Finalist.
Freedman is active in various professional organizations, including the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida.