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Dr. Richard S. Gendler received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in psychology from the University of Hartford in 1989.  Thereafter, Dr. Gendler earned three law degrees including a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  The J.S.D. is the Ph.D. equivalent for law and is the most advanced law degree in the United States.  Additionally, Dr. Gendler holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of Miami School Of Law.


In Addition to practicing law, Dr. Gendler serves and an adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he teaches a graduate level course on Consumer Bankruptcy.   Dr. Gendler also routinely teaches continuing legal education courses on topics related to consumer bankruptcy for Strafford Publications. Dr. Gendler presently serves on the Florida Bar Federal Court Practice Committee.


Over the years Dr. Gendler has been interviewed by all of the local major television networks, including ABC Channel 10, NBC Channel 6, CBS Channel 4, Fox Channel 7, Telemundo Channel 51 and Telemiami Channel 22.  His commentaries have also been cited to in the Miami Herald, EL Nuevo Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, New Times, and the St. Augustine Record.


Dr. Gendler’s bar admissions include the Florida Bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. Dr. Gendler is licensed by the State of Florida as a 2-15 life, health and variable annuity agent and is certified as a Master Financial Planner by the American Academy of Financial Management. Dr. Gendler is also an appointed title insurance agent for the Old Republic Title Insurance Company.



Dr. Gendler's present and past affiliations include memberships in the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the North Dade Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Stewart Title Insurance Company, Attorneys Title Insurance Company, Fidelity Title Insurance Company, Attorney's Mortgage Services, the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors and the Miami-Dade Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 90%
  2. Tax: 5%
  3. Real Estate: 5%

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Contact info

The Law Offices of Richard S. Gendler & Associates, P.A.

1856 North Nob Hill Road
Plantation, FL, 33323


FLMember in Good Standing199706/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Diploma of Expertise Bankruptcy & RestructuringThomas Jefferson School of Law2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Visiting Law ProfessorFlorida Atlantic University2013 - Present
Adjunct Law ProfessorThomas Jefferson School of Law2013 - Present
Senior ShareholderRichard S. Gendler & Associates, PA1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarLaw Education Committee2015 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/AN/A
Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of FloridaN/AN/A
Florida BarFederal Rules Practice Committee2013 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bankruptcy Institute Law ReviewHome Mortgage Cramdown in Bankruptcy2014
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalIs Absolute Priority Rule “Absolute” for an Individual Chapter 11 Debtor?2013
American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) JournalCategorizing Tax Liabilities for the Applicability of the Means Test (citation: Richard S. Gendler, Categorizing Tax Liabilities for the Applicability of the Means Test, ... ABI Journal 7, 18-19, 78, August 2012)2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of HartfordPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Thomas Jefferson School of LawBankruptcy & RestructuringLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
Thomas Jefferson School of LawBankruptcyPhD - Doctorate / J.S.D.N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 Bankruptcy & Insolvency CLEChapter 13: Mortgage Cramdown2015
Graduate Reception at Thomas Jefferson School of LawHome Mortgage Cramdown in Bankrupty2014
Tax Issues in Consumer BankruptciesNavigating Discharge of Tax Liability, Impact of Tax Obligations on2013
Lien Stripping in Consumer Bankruptcy: Bringing or Defending Actions to Avoid Junior MortgagesLien Stripping in Consumer Bankruptcy2013
Lecture to University of Miami School of Law Bankruptcy Law ClinicTopical Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy2013
Brickell Homeowners Association Property Managers ForumBest Practices for Handling Foreclosures and Delinquencies Among Condominium Owners2011