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  • B.S., Accounting, Indiana University, 1977 (with highest distinction)
  • J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, 2003
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all state courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States
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Education
  • B.S., Accounting, Indiana University, 1977 (with highest distinction)
  • J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, 2003
Bar Admissions
  • The Florida Bar (all state courts)
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States
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Attorney Name
Susan Heath Sharp
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Biography

Susan Heath Sharp joined Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, P.A. in October 2004. Ms. Sharp regularly represents debtors, creditors, trustees, receivers, and other parties in bankruptcy cases. She has successfully reorganized individuals and corporations in Chapter 11 cases. Ms. Sharp has also handled most of the firm’s consumer Chapter 7 cases as well as Chapter 13 cases over the past few years, and has spent a significant amount of time in handling cases for deserving debtors on a pro bono basis. In addition, Ms. Sharp represents parties in assignments for the benefit of creditors and out-of–court workouts. Prior to law school, Ms. Sharp received her B.S. in accounting from Indiana University with highest distinction, and worked in public accounting is an audit manager with the national public accounting firm in Texas after passing the CPA exam in 1978. As a CPA she specialized in real estate development and banking issues. She is able to bring her accounting and business background to bear and analyzing the challenges confronting the firm’s business clients. 

"she has strong advocacy skills and knows when to draw the line and get tough when she has to."

- Chambers USA (2017)
Honors and Distinctions
  • Rated "AV" Preeminent Lawyer (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed by Chambers and Partners, “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Listed as Florida “Super Lawyer” in area of Bankruptcy/Insolvency practice 2016, 2017
  • Listed as Florida "Rising Star" in area of Bankruptcy/Insolvency practice in "Florida Super Lawyers" 2011 through 2013
Memberships and Community Involvement
  • The American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Monthly contributor to Case Digests for the Eleventh Circuit
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section
    • Pro Bono Committee — Organized the Hillsborough County Pro Bono Clinic for Non-Profits – 2012, 2013, and 2014
    • View From the Bench- Case Digest Contributor for 2014, 2013, and 2012
    • Bankruptcy Law & Practice – View from the Bench Florida Local Rule Bankruptcy Rules & General Court Information- Volume 2 2005 (Co- Compiled and Edited with Bradley M. Saxton)
  • The Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Honorable Paul M. Glenn, Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida, Pro Bono Committee
    • Assist in obtaining grant from the Florida Bar Foundation
    • Bankruptcy Basics Video - series of eight short videos on individual consumer bankruptcy topics
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Bay Area Legal Volunteer
  • Volunteer Judge of Stetson University College of Law's award-winning Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Team 2006-2016
  • International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC)
    • Board Member Florida (2010-2016)
Government Service
Speaking Engagements
  • Guest Lecturer, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Seminar, Stetson University College of Law (Fall 2014)
  • Spoke at the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants' annual education program on the use of CPAs in assisting clients before and during bankruptcy proceedings, September 20, 2012
  • Panelist on Individual Chapter 11 Issues with The Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen, The Honorable Alexander L. Paskay, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Emeritus, a staff attorney from U.S. Trustee's office and another practicing attorney - January 26, 2010
  • Judgment Enforcement in Florida- Lorman Educational Services - October 15, 2008
  • Appearance on Fox 13 News WTVT, The Kathy Fountain Show with the Honorable Michael G. Williamson, Bankruptcy Judge, Middle District of Florida – 2005 BAPCPA, Effect on Individuals July 21, 2006
Publications
  • Co-author with Daniel R. Fogarty The Federal Lawyer Magazine “Stop! Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 – Primer on the Automatic Stay for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners, May 2017
  • The author of the article in The Federal Lawyer Magazine "Hon. Michael G. Williamson, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida," January/February 2016
  • The author of the chapter “Practice Pointers for Chapter 13 Filings In Today’s Environment” in “Best Practices for Filing Chapter 13, 2014 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Examining Today's Consumer Bankruptcy Trends and Preparing a Thorough Chapter 13 Filing (Inside the Minds)” Aspatore Books, a Thomas Reuters business
  • Toto, I Have a Feeling We Are Not in Kansas Anymore-Comparison of Individual Chapter 11 to Chapter 13 The Cramdown, Spring 2010
  • Calculating Current Monthly Income Under the Means Test: To Deduct or Not to Deduct That Is the Question- The Cramdown, Fall/Winter 2007 (Co-Author with Amy D. Harris)
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Representation

Susan H. Sharp has headed up or had significant involvement in the firm's representation of:

  • ICMfg & Associates, Inc.
  • Tri-Med, Corporation and Tri-Med Assoc., Inc. (Receiver’s Counsel in bankruptcy cases)
  • Villas at Spring Hill, Ltd.
  • East Coast Brokers & Packers, Inc.
  • Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings, LLC (Chapter 7 Trustee's Counsel)
  • B.C. Bundt, Inc.
  • Rolsafe International, LLC
  • Blue Stone Real Estate, Construction Company, Inc. (Debtors Counsel)
Mediation
Reported Decisions
  • In re Blue Stone Real Estate, Const. Development Corp., 487 B.R. 573 (Bankr. M.D. 2013)
  • In re Rolsafe Intern., LLC, 434 B.R. 716 (Bankr. M.D.Fla, 2012)
  • In re Fontainebleau Las Vegas Holdings, LLC 434 B.R.716 (S.D.Fla, 2010)
  • In re Blue Stone Real Estate, Const. Development Corp., 396 B.R. 555 (Bankr. M.D. 2008)
  • In re Blue Stone Real Estate, Const. Development Corp., 392 B.R. 897(Bankr. M.D. 2008)
  • In re Matos, 381 B.R. 394 (Bankr. M.D. Fla 2007)
  • In re Reilly, 2007 WL 4731020, at *1 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. Mar. 27, 2007)