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Luis Martinez-Monfort | Partner

Luis Martinez-Monfort Full Bio

Luis Martinez-Monfort is one of the founding partners of Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort. Along with his partners, his vision in starting the firm was to utilize his strong large firm background to counsel clients who want the personalized attention and intimacy of a small firm. Luis practices in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and estate planning. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Florida.

Luis represents clients ranging from individuals to large, publicly-traded corporations. His creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation practice involves representing the interests of secured and unsecured creditors and court-appointed trustees in Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 cases, as well as in state and federal courts. Luis’ debtor bankruptcy practice involves representing individuals in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 case.

Luis earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1994. In 1997, Luis earned his law degree from Stetson University College of Law where he also served as Articles Editor on the Stetson Law Review. Luis then earned a masters’ of law degree in taxation from the University of Miami in 1998.

Luis has been awarded the “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest designation by the leading lawyer rating service. Luis has been recognized by Florida Trend magazine as a Legal Elite, and named a Florida Super Lawyer™. Luis is a past president of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Luis is also a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni, Class of 2015.

Before forming Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort, P.A., Luis was a partner with Mills Paskert Divers, P.A., chairing the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group. Before that, Luis was an associate with Hill, Ward, & Henderson, P.A. in their bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.

A lifelong resident of Tampa and a graduate of Jesuit High School, Luis is active in several civic, charitable and social organizations. He volunteers as an intake attorney for Bay Area Legal Services, serves on the Jesuit High School Foundation and is a parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church. He is a member of the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club and University Club of Tampa. Luis enjoys traveling, scuba diving, watching football, playing golf and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.
Speeches and Publications

  • Faculty member and Lecturer at NBI CLEA Seminar “Collection Law from Start to Finish”, November 13, 2014
  • Faculty member and Lecturer at NBI CLE Seminar “Advance Collection Strategies” May 3, 2012
  • Faculty member and Lecturer at DRI Young Lawyers Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 4-5, 2009, “Time to Cash In: Obtaining, Collecting and Protecting Your Hard Earned Judgment.”
  • Panel Member and Lecturer, TBBBA CLE Seminar “Enforcement of Federal Judgments”, January 8, 2008
  • Faculty member and Lecturer at CLE Seminar “Collection Law Tips and Strategies” September 18, 2007. Lecture Topics “How to Discover Assets.”
  • “In Re Robin Bruce McNabb, 326 B.R. 785 (D. Ariz. 2005),” Insights, Fall 2005.
  • “You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too” Insights, Summer 2005.
  • “The Surety in Bankruptcy: Strategies for Dealing with a Performing Principal’s Chapter 11 Case,” Gulfcoast Fidelity and Surety Conference, June 2005.
  • “The Surety’s Role in Bankruptcy,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, October 2004.
  • “Court Extends State’s Trust Fund Statute to Cover Actions of Third-Party,” Insights, Fall 2004.
  • Faculty Member and Lecturer at CLE Seminar “Bankruptcy in Florida,” July 2004. Lecture Topics: “Discovering Assets,” “Writs of Garnishment,” “Property of the Estate,” and “Florida Exemption Law.”
  • Faculty Member and Lecturer at CLE Seminar “Successful Judgment Collections in Florida,” March 2004. Lecture Topics: “How to Discover Assets” and “Ethics in Collections.”
  • “Are a Surety’s Subrogation Rights Always Superior to those of an Obligee?” Insights, 1st Quarter, 2004.
  • “District Court Adopts a Two Prong Test to Determine Whether Surety or Chapter 7 Trustee has a Greater Right to Earned but Unpaid Contract Proceeds,” Insights, Fall 2003.
  • Faculty Member and Lecturer at CLE Seminar “Bankruptcy in Florida,” July 2003. Lecture Topics: “Florida Exemption Law,” “Non-dischargeable Debts under §523 of the Bankruptcy Code,” and “Objecting to the Debtor’s General Discharge under §727 of the Bankruptcy Code.”
  • “Dear Mr. Judge,” a retrospective article on the career of the recently retired Honorable C. Timothy Corcoran, III, The Cramdown, Summer 2003.
  • “Dischargeabilty of Certain Income Tax Claims Under the Bankruptcy Code,” The Lawyer Magazine, October 2001.
  • “Six Tips for Appearing Before Bankruptcy Judges and Trustees,” The Young Lawyer, ABA Publication, June 2001.


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