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Mariaelena Gayo-Guitian

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Partner
Location:
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Phone:
954-453-8000
888-768-2499 (Toll Free)
Fax:
954-453-8010
Email:

Mariaelena Gayo-Guitian specializes in all areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, and creditors’ rights.  Ms. Gayo-Guitian has handled numerous Chapter 11 reorganizations and liquidations on behalf of debtors, creditors, committees and trustees.  Ms. Gayo-Guitian also has experience and expertise in handling adversary matters involving objections to discharge, dischargeability of debts, fraudulent transfers, preferences and related bankruptcy litigation. Additionally, Ms. Gayo-Guitian has represented trustees and creditors in bankruptcy cases under Chapters 7 and 11.   She also specializes in the representation of both assignors and assignees in assignment for the benefit of creditors’ in State Court proceedings.
 
Ms. Gayo-Guitian is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named as a Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers magazine.  Ms. Gayo-Guitian is included in the South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers” and Best Lawyers in America, in the area of bankruptcy, business reorganizations and creditors’ rights. Additionally, she was a Daily Business Reviews’ 2011 finalist for “Most Effective Lawyers” and 2012 finalist for “Top Dealmakers of the Year.” She is also a frequent lecturer and presenter on bankruptcy, restructuring and related issues at conferences and seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Ms. Gayo-Guitian is an active member of the Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association and Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar.    She is a current member and Past President of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association and is a member of the University of Miami Law Alumni Association Board.  She is also a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), American Bankruptcy Institute and American Bar Association.  Ms. Gayo-Guitian currently serves as a director of the High Road Foundation a non-profit organization founded and managed by South Florida individuals interested in advancing the talents of "stand-out" youth with financial need. 

Ms. Gayo-Guitian is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Federal Circuit Court in Washington, D.C., and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern District of Florida.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from the University of Miami School of Law and her Bachelors in Business Administration and Political Science from the University of Miami graduating cum laude in 1985.  After graduating from law school Ms. Gayo-Guitian served as law clerk to the former Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Sidney M. Weaver, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Creditors' Rights

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D., Juris Doctor - 1988
  • University of Miami - 1985
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Business Administration and Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Frequent Lecturer on Bankruptcy and Ethics Issues
  • Panel Speaker, Topic: “Cuba: The Ultimate Turnaround” Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, American Bankruptcy Institute, February 2011
  • Panel Speaker, Topic: “Fraud and Investment Banking, Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, American Bankruptcy Institute, February 2012

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013
  • Top Deal Makers of the Year 2012 by the Daily Business Review
  • Most Effective Lawyers, Bankruptcy 2011 by the Daily Business Review
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Member, Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committee
  • Broward County Hispanic Bar Association, Member
  • University of Miami Law Alumni Association Board, Member
  • International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), Member
  • American Bankruptcy Institute , Member and Steering Committee Member for American Bankruptcy Institute's Caribbean Insolvency Symposium
  • American Bar Association, Member and Editor of the Business Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter (2013-2014)
  • High Road Foundation a Non-Profit Organization, Director
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Cuban American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Former Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Sidney M. Weaver, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1990

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Miami

100 Southeast Second Street, 44th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-349-2300
Toll Free: 888-768-2499
Fax: 305-349-2310
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Fort Lauderdale

200 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1110
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-453-8000
Toll Free: 888-768-2499
Fax: 954-453-8010
Map and Directions

Caracas

Av. Francisco de Miranda, Torre Provincial "A" piso 8 oficina 81 y 82
1060 Caracas, Venezuela
Phone: (58212) 771-5500
Fax: (58212) 771-5505