Mark D. Hildreth

Partner, Litigation and Disputes Regional Service Line Leader

Regional Service Line Leader for the Litigation and Disputes Service Line, 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, loan enforcement and business dispute litigation in state and federal courts
  • Representation of creditors in business and personal 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 has 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 or speaker for discussion panels at the Information Management Network (IMN) Special Assets Workshops in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, and 2022.

  • Representation of a lender holding a $21 million secured claim in a confirmed chapter 11 case in the Northern District of Florida that resulted in full payment plus post-petition default interest and attorney fees.
  • Representation of an unsecured creditor in a chapter 7 bankruptcy case in the Southern District of Florida involving a successful objection to discharge under Section 727(a)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Representation of a local commercial bank as a sole petitioning creditor in an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case in the Middle District of Florida.
  • 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 in the Northern District of Illinois asserting non-dischargeability of a fraud claim in a former employee’s bankruptcy case.
  • Representation of a state-court receiver in connection with foreclosure of a $20+ million mortgage on a real estate development that included filing of an involuntary bankruptcy case by investors in the property developer and a later chapter 11 filing by the developer.