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Michelle Garcia Gilbert

Real estate Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   1 review

also known as Michelle Gilbert, Michelle Gilbert, Esq.

  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 3 years
    Florida - FL 37 years
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2020
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1986
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

Learn Michelle’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    I handle all aspects of real estate transactions, including closings, landlord/tenant, and litigation, including foreclosures and workouts.

    34 years

  2. Estate planning
    I provide a questionnaire to assist with affordable planning, so I can customize what works best for you

    34 years

  3. Guardianship
    I assist with all types of guardianships, including incapacity, minors, guardian advocacy for disabled individuals, and limited as to property or person.

    34 years

  4. Litigation
    I handle all types of litigation, from breach of contract to construction defects to land use issues.

    34 years

  5. Probate
    I assist with all types of probates: disposition without probate, summary, and formal, in a timely and cost effective manner.

    34 years

  6. Bankruptcy and debt
    I represent creditors in bankrupcty cases throughout the state of Florida, as well as handle creditors' legal services.

    34 years

  7. Business
    I assist business owners with all aspects: drafting and reviewing contracts, managing legal requirements, and drafting business documents.

    34 years

Michelle Gilbert is admitted to the Florida Bar (1986), Washington, D.C. Bar (2020), Middle District of Florida (1988), Northern District of Florida (2005), Southern District of Florida (2006), U.S. Supreme Court (2000), and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2003). She matriculated at the University of South Florida (B.A., 1982, cum laude), and the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1985). She is a member of the following associations: Greater Tampa Association of Realtors; Bay Area Real Estate Council, Inc., Board of Directors; Hillsborough County Bar  Association (Technology Committee; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Solo and Small Firm; Diversity; and Military and Veteran Sections); Florida Bar (Standing Committee on Technology; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Business; and Solo and Small Firm Sections- Executive Council); American Legal and Financial Network; Legal League 100 (Vice Chairperson, 2016-19; Advisory Council Member, 2014-19; Special Initiatives Working Group, 2017-present); REOMAC/National Association of Default Professionals, Educational Council; and The Fund, Westcor and Doma Title Agent.

She has managed the firm’s expansion into probate, estate planning, guardianship, commercial collections, and business law and litigation, and oversees Sapphire Title & Escrow Company, launched in 2015. Michelle places great value on serving her community. She volunteers with her parish, St. Lawrence Catholic Church and School, with St Peter Claver and St. Joseph elementary schools, and with various groups supporting children, animals, veterans and affordable legal services initiatives. She is on the Board of St. Peter Claver Catholic School.

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Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.
2313 West Violet Street
Tampa, FL, 33603

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Posted by Brian | July 5, 2013
Trusted Florida Creditors' Rights Attorney
Michelle Garcia Gilbert and her team have handled my company's foreclosure and related creditors' rights litigation matters for years with great knowledge and understanding. I am continually impressed by the deep, file-level knowledge possessed by anyone who works on anything for us at this firm. Michelle is tremendous leader as exhibited by the great work her team does.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.
  • 2009 - Present


  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • Legal League 100
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Mortage Bankers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Business Sections
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • American Legal and Financial Network
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Greater Tampa Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Bay Area Real Estate Council, Inc.
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Women of Law
  • DS News
  • 2022


  • Make Other People Happy Empowering Journey of Mother Teresa
  • 2022
  • Legal League 100 Quarterly
  • Florida Potpourri
  • 2022
  • Social Media Impact on Your Career and Personal Life
  • 2022
  • DS News
  • Practicing Law as a Digital Nomad
  • 2022
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Speaking Engagements

  • REOMAC Annual Summit
  • “Gotcha” Association Tactics
  • 2015
  • Legal League Summit
  • • Survival Instincts – How to Maintain a Pipeline of Business in a Dwindling Referral Environment
  • 2015
  • Legal League Summit
  • • Borrower Liability Avoidance – Determining When Servicers or their Firms are Financially Liable
  • 2015
  • ALFN Answers Conference
  • • Get Things Done! Building Effective and Accountable Teams and Keeping Your Firm in the Black
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She's excellent, smart, diligent, and responsive. I've known her for years in the industry. She is highly recommended."
Probate Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michelle Garcia Gilbert is a very seasoned and skilled attorney. She is knowledgeable and experienced in a number of areas of law, including real estate and probate. She recently represented some of the heirs in a probate matter in which I was representing the Personal Representative. Her assistance and guidance was instrumental in securing a reasonable and amicable resolution in a potentially contentious matter."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have fought against Ms. Gilbert for over a decade I provide this very strong, positive recommendation primarily as an adversary....and in the practice of law, it's very much the case that what our opponents have to say about us is the most important. I truly admire her preparation and her professionalism. I know I'm up for a good and sporting battle...and I know that Ms. Gilbert will fight with every bit of passion, but with great respect for the rules and for doing the right thing at every instance!"
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Tampa Real estate Lawyer Michelle Garcia Gilbert
Michelle Garcia Gilbert
Real estate Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 37 years