James D. Gibson

James D. Gibson

Sarasota, Florida

James D. Gibson is a Native “Hoosier”. A 1982 graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Mr. Gibson worked in the retail and banking fields until enrolling in law school in 1984.

He moved to Florida after obtaining his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Mr. Gibson is a founding partner of the law firm. He has practiced in Sarasota since 1988.

Mr. Gibson’s practice emphasized commercial, real estate, and business litigation. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in business litigation. As of January 2018, only 242 out of over 77,008 attorneys in good standing in Florida have achieved this distinction. Mr. Gibson has also achieved an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating possible based on peer and judge review. The rating signifies the highest level of professional expertise and ethical standards.

Mr. Gibson has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1987. He is also a member of the Bar of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Courts of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a long standing member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association. Mr. Gibson has three adult sons. He has coached youth sports for many years, and is a long time supporter of The Suncoast Youth Basketball League.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Bank Foreclosures
  • Business Organizations
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Collections
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contract Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Creditors Rights
  • Landlord and Tenant Law
  • Mortgage Foreclosure

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Business Litigation Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Alcoa and Ermol W. Marsh Academic Scholarship

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • The American Bankruptcy Institute, Member


  • Delta Theta Phi