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Tampa, FL

Kathleen S McLeroy

Carlton Fields


Kathy McLeroy has extensive experience resolving disputes as a litigator, mediator, and arbitrator. As a trial lawyer, she has substantial experience representing creditors in disputes with debtors in all forums, including state court, federal court, bankruptcy court, and in arbitration proceedings. Ms. McLeroy regularly arbitrates and mediates disputes arising from contract disputes between health care providers. She works with judgment holders to enforce and collect large commercial judgments, both domestic and international.

She also represents commercial banks, mortgage holders, property owners, title insurers, and real estate developers in real property disputes and mortgage foreclosures. Clients seek her guidance on matters involving receivership law, and she serves as a real estate receiver and counsel for receivers.

Ms. McLeroy earned her MBA and worked as a bank loan officer prior to attending law school. This experience informs her understanding of her banking clients’ perspectives, processes, and business needs and goals, particularly when handling disputes, collections, and foreclosures.

In 2004, Ms. McLeroy was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Civil and County Court Mediator. For more than 14 years she has also been certified to serve as a mediator in matters pending before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

She mediates a variety of commercial disputes including commercial foreclosures, contract disputes , title disputes, and bankruptcy disputes. She is also qualified by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve as a Court-Appointed Arbitrator.

Ms. McLeroy is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and co-manager of the Tampa National Trial Practice Group.

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2012-2017)
  • 2017 William Reece Smith Jr. Public Service Award from Stetson University College of Law
  • 2016 Medal of Honor Award, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • 2007 Leadership Award, The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism
  • 2005 The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award
  • 2004 Service and Recognition Award from the University of Tampa National Alumni Association
  • 2004 Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
  • 2001 Outstanding Pro Bono Service as Client Intake Volunteer from the Hillsborough Attorney Volunteer Efforts Program
  • 2001 President’s Award for Excellence from The Florida Bar Foundation
  • 2001 Carlton Fields Pro Bono Publico Award Recipient
  • Martin K. Burks Scholar (teaching scholar), Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Sparks Scholar, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Omicron Delta Kappa

Professional and Civic Activities

Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, Commission Member (2014-present)

  • Executive Committee (2016-present)
  • Chair, Resource Evaluation Committee (2016-present)
  • Access and Delivery of Legal Services Subcommittee (2014 –2016)

The Florida Bar

  • Vision 2016 Commission (2013-2016)
  • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Legal Services Committee (2012-present)
  • Standing Committee on Professionalism (2003-2007)
       Hoveler Judicial Award Committee, Chair (2004-2005)
       Law Faculty Award Subcommittee, Chair (2006-2007)
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee (1992-2002)
    Vice Chair (2001-2002)     
  • Grievance Committee 13A (1999-2002)
    Chair (2000-2002)

American Bar Association

  • ABA Business Law Section
    Vice Chair, Leadership Development Committee (2017-present)
    Business Law Today Editorial Board (2012-2017)
    Section Council (2012-2016)
    Committee on Committees (2015-2016)
    Committee on Membership and Outreach (2014-2015)
    Finance Committee (2012-2014)
    Nominating Committee (2012) 
  • ABA Business Law Section Pro Bono Committee
       Chair  (2009-2012)
       Vice Chair (2006-2009)
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono
       Business Law Section Liaison (2007-2010)
  • ABA Commission on IOLTA, Member (2008-2011)
  • ABA National Public Service Award Selection Committee (2004-present)

Florida Justice Technology Center

  • Chair and Board Member (2015-present)

Hillsborough County Bar Association

  • Corporate Banking and Business Law Section, Chair (1993-1994)
  • Law Week Steering Committee (1996-1998)

The Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association

  • Board of Directors (1994-1998)
  • Treasurer (1996-1998)
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1994-1996)

The Florida Bar Foundation

  • Board of Directors (1999-2010)
  • Executive Committee (2000-2010)
  • Endowment Trustee (2010-present)
  • Immediate Past President (2009-2010)
  • President (2008-2009)
  • President-Elect (2007-2008)
  • Treasurer (2006-2007)
  • Secretary (2004-2006)
  • Ad Hoc IOTA Rules Committee (2000-2001)
    Chair (2000-2001)
  • Development Committee (2003-2007)
    Chair (2003-2007)
    Vice Chair (2001-2003)
  • Investment Committee (1999-2002)
  • Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Committee (1999-2008)
    Chair (2007-2008)
  • Grant Program Committee (2003-2008)
    Chair (2007-2008)
  • IOTA Operations Committee (2005-2008)

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.

  • Board of Directors (1994-1999, 2002-2007)
  • President (2007, 1998)
  • President-Elect (2006, 1997)
  • Treasurer (1995, 1996, 2005)

Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the 2009 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Awards (appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida)

  • Ferguson-White Inn of Court
  • Master (2008-present)
  • Barrister (2004-2008)

The University of Tampa Board of Counselors

  • Steering Committee (1994-present)
  • Chair (2001-2002)
  • Vice Chair (2000-2001)

The University of Tampa Board of Trustees

  • Board Member (2001-2002)
  • Athletics Committee (2002-2010)


  • McLeroy was a Commercial Loan Officer and a Consumer Loan Officer with Commercial National Bank (now Regions Bank) in Shreveport, Louisiana prior to attending law school.
  • She has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tampa where she taught Advanced Business Law.


  • Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990)
    Member, Washington and Lee Law Review
    Burks Scholar, Sparks Scholar
  • Louisiana State University (MBA, summa cum laude, 1986)
    Named Outstanding MBA Student 1986

Louisiana State University (B.S., magna cum laude, Finance, 1982)
Recipient of University Award in Finance 1982 (given to one student annually)

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