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Kathleen S. McLeroy

Kathleen S. McLeroy



Kathy McLeroy has extensive experience resolving disputes as a litigator, mediator, and arbitrator. As a trial lawyer, she has substantial experience representing creditors in disputes with debtors in all forums, including state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, and in arbitration proceedings. Kathy regularly arbitrates and mediates disputes arising from contract disputes between health care providers. She works with judgment holders to enforce and collect large commercial judgments, both domestic and international.

She also represents commercial banks, mortgage holders, property owners, title insurers, and real estate developers in real property disputes and mortgage foreclosures. Clients seek her guidance on matters involving receivership law, and she serves as a real estate receiver and counsel for receivers.

Kathy earned her MBA and worked as a bank loan officer prior to attending law school. This experience informs her understanding of her banking clients’ perspectives, processes, and business needs and goals, particularly when handling disputes, collections, and foreclosures.

In 2004, Kathy was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator. For more than 14 years she has also been certified to serve as a mediator in matters pending before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

She mediates a variety of commercial disputes including commercial foreclosures, contract disputes , title disputes, and bankruptcy disputes. She is also qualified by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve as a Court-Appointed Arbitrator.

Kathy is co-manager of the Tampa national trial practice group and prior chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

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  • Represented secured lenders and indenture trustees in workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcy matters involving condominium projects, subdivisions, multi-family, commercial, office and retail properties.
  • Represented commercial landlords in disputes with tenants.
  • Represented mortgage holders, property owners, title insurers and real estate developers in real property disputes.

Representative Cases:

  • In re Anchor Glass Container Corporation, --- B.R. ----, 2007 WL 2713388 (Bankr. M.D.Fla.).
  • Townsend v. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2007 WL 177857 (M.D. Fla.).
  • Naimoli v. Administrative Committee of The Anchor Glass Container Corp., 2006 WL 2092638 (M.D. Fla.).
  • In re Anchor Glass Container Corporation, 342 B.R. 878 (Bankr. M.D.Fla. 2005).
  • In re Anchor Glass Container Corporation, 342 B.R. 872 (Bankr. M.D.Fla. 2005).
  • In re Apache Products Co., 311 B.R. 288 (Bankr. M.D.Fla. 2004).
  • Amendment to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, 797 So. 2d 551 (Fla. 2001).
  • FDIC v. Levine, 763 So. 2d 344 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998).
  • FDIC v. Levine, 680 So. 2d 536 (Fla. 4th DCA 1996).
  • Delfrate v. Letts, 1996 WL 420880 (M.D. Fla.).
  • FDIC v. Levine, 651 So. 2d 134 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995).


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2012-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2019)
  • William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award from Stetson University College of Law (2017)
  • Medal of Honor Award, The Florida Bar Foundation (2016)
  • Leadership Award, The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2007)
  • The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2005)
  • Service and Recognition Award from the University of Tampa National Alumni Association (2004)
  • Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Hillsborough County Bar Association’s (2004)
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service as Client Intake Volunteer from the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program (2001)
  • President’s Award for Excellence from The Florida Bar Foundation (2001)
  • Recipient, Carlton Fields Pro Bono Publico Award (2001)
  • Martin K. Burks Teaching Scholar, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Sparks Scholar, Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice
    • Commission Member (2014-present)
    • Executive Committee (2016-present)
    • Chair, Resource Evaluation Committee (2016-present)
    • Access and Delivery of Legal Services Subcommittee (2014 –2016)
  • The Florida Bar
    • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Legal Services Committee (2012-present)
    • Vision 2016 Commission (2013-2016)
    • Standing Committee on Professionalism (2003-2007)
      • Hoveler Judicial Award Committee, Chair (2004-2005)
      •  Law Faculty Award Subcommittee, Chair (2006-2007)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee (1992-2002)
      • Vice Chair (2001-2002)     
    • Grievance Committee 13A (1999-2002)
      • Chair (2000-2002)
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Business Law Section
      • Vice Chair, Leadership Development Committee (2017-present)
      • Business Law Today Editorial Board (2012-2017)
      • Section Council (2012-2016)
      • Committee on Committees (2015-2016) 
      • Committee on Membership and Outreach (2014-2015) 
      • Finance Committee (2012-2014) 
      • Nominating Committee (2012) 
    • ABA Business Law Section Pro Bono Committee
      • Chair  (2009-2012)
      •  Vice Chair (2006-2009)
    • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono
      •  Business Law Section Liaison (2007-2010)
    • ABA Commission on IOLTA
      • Member (2008-2011)
    • ABA National Public Service Award Selection Committee (2004-present)
  • Chair and Board Member, Florida Justice Technology Center (2015-present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Chair, Corporate Banking and Business Law Section (1993-1994)
    • Law Week Steering Committee (1996-1998)
  • The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (1994-1998)
    • Treasurer (1996-1998)
    • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1994-1996)
  • The Florida Bar Foundation
    • Board of Directors (1999-2010)
    • Executive Committee (2000-2010)
    • Endowment Trustee (2010-present)
    • Immediate Past President (2009-2010)
    • President (2008-2009)
    • President-Elect (2007-2008)
    • Treasurer (2006-2007)
    • Secretary (2004-2006)
    • Ad Hoc IOTA Rules Committee (2000-2001)
    • Chair (2000-2001)
    • Development Committee (2003-2007)
      • Chair (2003-2007)
      • Vice Chair (2001-2003)
    • Investment Committee (1999-2002)
    • Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Committee (1999-2008)
      • Chair (2007-2008)
    • Grant Program Committee (2003-2008)
      • Chair (2007-2008)
    • IOTA Operations Committee (2005-2008)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (1994-1999, 2002-2007)
    • President (2007, 1998)
    • President-Elect (2006, 1997)
    • Treasurer (1995, 1996, 2005)
  • Chief Justice's Advisory Committee for the 2009 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards
    • Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
  • Ferguson-White Inn of Court
    • Master (2008-present)
    • Barrister (2004-2008)
  • The University of Tampa Board of Counselors
    • Steering Committee (1994-present)
    • Chair (2001-2002)
    • Vice Chair (2000-2001)
  • The University of Tampa Board of Trustees
    • Board Member (2001-2002)
    • Athletics Committee (2002-2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Business Law Pro Bono 2010: Best Ideas,” at the ABA Business Law Section’s Pro Bono Breakfast program, San Francisco (August 9, 2010)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of a Commercial Foreclosure Action,” Foreclosure Litigation from a Lender’s Perspective Seminar, for the Real Property Section of the St. Petersburg and Clearwater Bar Associations, St. Petersburg, FL (October 8, 2009)
  • “Mortgage Foreclosure Intervention Projects,” ABA Business Law Panel Discussion, at the ABA Annual Meeting, New York

Pro Bono

Kathy has represented numerous individuals in pro bono matters, including landlord/tenant disputes, mortgage foreclosure actions, consumer matters, and collection matters.

For example, Kathy defended a mortgage foreclosure action against a 60-year-old grandmother who was the head of a household consisting of her daughter, her intellectually disabled adult son and two grandchildren. The lender, an individual who had purchased the mortgage and note from a governmental entity had begun charging excessive fees that were not provided for in the loan instruments. The lender began applying the mortgage payments to these fees rather than to principal and interest. The lender declared the loan in default and commenced a foreclosure proceeding. After 13 months of litigation, Kathy had the loan, which was at all times current but for the excessive fees, reinstated.


  • Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990)
    • Member, Washington and Lee Law Review
    • Burks Scholar, Sparks Scholar
  • Louisiana State University (MBA, summa cum laude, 1986)
    • Named Outstanding MBA Student 1986
  • Louisiana State University (B.S., magna cum laude, Finance, 1982)
    • Recipient of University Award in Finance 1982 (given to one student annually)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts


  • Prior to attending law school, Kathy was a Commercial Loan Officer and a Consumer Loan Officer with Commercial National Bank, currently know as Regions Bank, in Shreveport, Louisiana. 
  • Kathy taught Advanced Business Law  at The University of Tampa as an adjunct professor. 


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