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Mark D. Hildreth

Partner, Financial Institutions Practice Co-Administrator
240 South Pineapple Avenue
10th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236


Suellen Kerrigan
Direct941.366.6660 x2486

Co-administrator of Shumaker's Banking and Financial Institutions Industry practice group, Mark understands the financial services industry has never been more complex or competitive and he delivers actionable advice and assistance to clients in order to meet today’s challenges. Mark focuses his practice in the areas of:

  • Creditors' rights and loan enforcement litigation in state and federal courts
  • Representation of creditors in business bankruptcies
  • Business loan workouts
  • Foreclosures
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Lender-liability defense

Because of Mark’s more than three decades’ worth of extensive experience, many banks and other financial institutions, debt buyers, court-appointed receivers, equipment leasing companies, commercial landlords, and other types of creditors and parties in insolvency or loan enforcement situations turn to him for assistance.

Continually Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification since 1992, Mark was one of the first lawyers in the nation to receive this certification.

Mark recently served on sub-committees of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar studying and recommending revisions to Florida's Proceedings Supplementary Statute and Florida's Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, and has worked on other sub-committees of the Business Law Section's Bankruptcy and UCC Committee throughout his career. He has also been a speaker at American Bankruptcy Institute programs and a moderator for discussion panels at the Information Management Network (IMN) Special Assets Workshops in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of a regional bank pursuing enforcement of asset-based/C&I loans throughout Florida.
  • Representation of a local commercial bank as a petitioning creditor in an involuntary bankruptcy case.
  • Defense of a former officer of an insolvent not-for-profit company in connection with director and officer claims by a bankruptcy trustee.
  • Defense of a regional bank in connection with lender-liability claims.
  • Representation of a national financial services firm asserting a claim of non-dischargeable fraud in connection with a former employee’s bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of a super-regional bank throughout Florida in connection with enforcement of personal money judgments exceeding $1 million.



  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI)
  • Florida Bankers Association (FBA)
  • Florida Bar Business Law Section, Bankruptcy and Uniform Commercial Code Committee
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • The Foundation for Church of the Palms Presbyterian (U.S.A.), Board of Directors, 2009-2010; Board President, 2011-2014
  • Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, Class of 2013

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Alternate biographies




  • J.D., Florida State University, 1984
  • B.A., Florida State University, 1981

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Florida, 1984
  • All Federal District Courts Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Federal District Court Eastern District of Michigan