Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo is a full-service law firm established in 1997. Our firm prides itself on being one of the largest minority owned firms in Florida having been recognized by the Daily Business Review as the “Most Diverse Law Firm” in South Florida in 2010, 2011, and 2013 . Our founding partners have been working together for over twenty years in the successful representation of numerous large financial institutions and sophisticated business entities. This combined experience gives our firm a unique understanding of the needs of large commercial institutions, from both a business and legal perspective.
Each partner in LGP leads a dynamic team of highly qualified associates, paralegals and legal assistants, in the representation of its clients with the expertise of highly qualified lawyers, while at the same time providing cost effective solutions to each client's business and legal needs in the following areas:
Financial Institution Litigation - LGP represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including the defense of lender liability claims, defense of deposit and branch based claims, defense of claw back and Ponzi related claims, consumer finance claims (including those based on residential mortgages, credit cards, consumer loans), violations of state and federal securities laws, and the enforcement of commercial loans.
General Civil Litigation - LGP represents a wide spectrum of businesses. LGP acts as outside counsel for financial institutions, developers and businesses in general in the practice areas of commercial and contract litigation, construction and surety bond litigation, and real property litigation.
Consumer Class Action Defense – LGP defends clients in a variety of consumer class action suits, including Multi-District Litigation.
Commercial Transactions, Banking and Corporate Law - LGP structures and documents commercial transactions including transactions secured by real estate and various types of personal property. LGP also assists investors in the formation of business entities.
Real Estate Litigation – LGP represents owners, tenants and developers in all aspects of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including ADA claims, complex commercial lease disputes, purchase contract disputes and premise liability.
Workouts and Loan Restructurings - LGP has extensive experience in the restructuring of defaulted loans, loan modifications and forbearance transactions.
Appellate Practice and Litigation Support - LGP represents its clients in all aspects of state and federal appellate practice.
Real Estate Law and Transactions - LGP represents clients in all aspects of the acquisition, sale, development, syndication, and leasing of commercial and residential properties. These clients include developers, builders and owners of commercial and residential real estate.
Bankruptcy - Our extensive experience in bankruptcy is often employed in LGP's representation of financial institutions, property owners and landlords.
Municipal Bonds and Securities - LGP regularly represents municipalities, bond underwriters and corporate trustees in the public offering and private placement of municipal securities. These transactions include new money and refunding issues and defaulted bonds. LGP also represents lenders in letter of credit backed financings and tax exempt bond restructurings, and renders advice concerning compliance with SEC disclosure rules and regulations.
• Principal, Managing partner, and Shareholder of firm consisting of 44 attorneys and 33 support staff. • Licensed attorney in private practice since 1983 (Florida) • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida • Extensive experience in all stages of civil trial practice • Exceptional knowledge of state and federal securities laws, the enforcement of financial instruments and all aspects of real estate litigation. • Extraordinary familiarity of administrative procedures, rules of evidence, and trial practices • Regular presenter to the financial services industry. Specifically, Mr. Gonzalez regularly conducts presentations to clients and others in the financial services industry regarding current issues, including but not limited to, bankruptcy, foreclosures, regulatory issues, etc.
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Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo
FLORIDA:Miami FLORIDA:Orlando FLORIDA:Tampa
BANKING:Real Estate Financing LITIGATION: REAL ESTATE: BANKRUPTCY: APPELLATE PRACTICE: CLASSACTION LITIGATION: LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT: LAND USE & ZONING: BUSINESS:General Business Counseling CORPORATE:Crisis Management
Commercial Transactions • Representation of a Miami-based real estate developer in the sale of a $20,000,000 multi-family residential complex in downtown Miami. • Representation of a regional real estate developer/manager in the simultaneous $56,000,000 acquisition and financing of multi-family properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. • Representation of a public company in various acquisition and finance transactions ranging from $20,000,000 to $300,000,000. • Representation of a South Florida-based venture capital firm in its investment in a growing franchise operation. • Representation of the landlord and operator of a major $8,000,000 South Florida entertainment complex in restructuring the leases and operating/management agreements for the complex. • Representation of a foreign airline in a $6,000,000 asset disposition joint-venture arrangement. • Representation of the purchaser of a boutique South Beach condo-hotel in the $4,500,000 acquisition and management of the property. • Representation of a developer in its participation in a joint venture for the $50,000,000 purchase of a hotel in the Bahamas. • Representation of a developer of a $25,000,000 multi-phase residential condominium. • Representation of various developers in their acquisitions of properties to be converted to condominium ownership. • Representation of various developers in their acquisitions of properties to be developed into multi-family affordable housing projects.
Secured Lending Transactions • Representation of lender in connection with a $52,000,000 acquisition loan to the owner of a major resort development on Longboat Key, Florida. • Representation of agent bank in connection with a $36,500,000 syndicated construction loan to a major real estate developer for the construction of a 300 unit rental apartment building. • Representation of agent bank on a $175,000,000 revolving credit and term loan facility to one of the leading distributors of lighting, sound and scenery equipment for the entertainment industry. • Representation of lender on a $44,000,000 acquisition and development loan for the acquisition of land and development of infrastructure for a major condominium development located in the Florida Keys. • Representation of lender in connection with an $11,600,000 construction loan to develop an affordable housing project located in Tampa, Florida. • Representation of lender in connection with a series of multimillion dollar loans to the owner of multiple shopping centers and single tenant properties secured by real estate located throughout the United States. • Representation of lender in connection with the purchase of Section 501(c)(3) revenue bonds to finance a mental health facility.
Public Finance Transactions • Representation of Miami-Dade County, Florida as disclosure counsel on the $492,665,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida Water and Sewer System Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2013A and Series 2013B. • Representation of Morgan Stanley as underwriters’ counsel on the $76,390,000 School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida Certificates of Participation, Series 2013A and Series 2013B. • Representation of the City of Orlando, Florida as disclosure counsel on the $36,170,000 City of Orlando, Florida Wastewater System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2013. • Representation of Miami-Dade County, Florida as disclosure counsel on the $537,210,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida Transit System Sales Surtax Revenue Bonds, Series 2012. • Representation of the School Board of Miami-Dade County as disclosure counsel on the $538,305,000 School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida Certificates of Participation, Series 2008B.
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