About LGP

We leverage diversity of expertise and depth of experience to relentlessly advocate on behalf of our clients’ business, transactional and litigation needs. Client Partnerships Defined by Access, Communication, and Trust We at Liebler, more...

Real Estate & Real Estate Finance

Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo’s Real Estate practice group provides a broad spectrum of legal services across virtually all real estate sectors and serves its investor and institutional clients in the core real estate more...

Premises Liability

From Fortune 500 companies to municipal institutions, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo represents clients in premises liability actions arising out of business operations. The successful defense of these claims often turns on early identification more...

Corporate & Business Litigation

Our corporate and business practice provides a broad range of legal services for every legal need that arises during the life cycle of a business. From selecting the appropriate type of entity to more...

James R. Liebler

Mr. Liebler focuses his practice on the representation of large corporations and national banks in complex commercial litigation, class action litigation, consumer finance litigation and litigation arising from enterprise risk. Mr. Liebler has first-chaired several trials that have resulted in favorable judgments for his clients.

Most recently, Mr. Liebler was lead counsel for a National Bank in eighty-six federal lawsuits brought by severed class action Plaintiffs alleging common law fraud in connection with the servicing of their mortgage loans. Mr. Liebler’s client received multiple sanctions awards and eighty-six judgments disposing of all of the lawsuits in his client’s favor.

Mr. Liebler has successfully obtained numerous prejudgment remedies including prejudgment replevins for recovery of collateral and injunctive relief preventing the disposition of distressed collateral. Mr. Liebler has recovered hundreds of distressed vehicles in his career and obtained a final judgment in a highly contested commercial foreclosure of a $1.5MM commercial property in Miami, Florida. Mr. Liebler has also successfully defended wrongful replevin claims, priority disputes, lien challenges, defamation of credit and fraud claims resulting in final judgments for his clients.

In 2015, Mr. Liebler represented a start-up company in a two-week-long jury trial that won a $3.6 Million jury verdict involving a complex commercial transaction and a series of discovery issues that resulted in a favorable sanctions order for his client.

Mr. Liebler is also a member of the firm’s diversity committee and actively participates in various minority and diversity legal organizations.  He assists in recruiting diverse candidates for all new positions at the firm.

Mr. Liebler co-chairs the firm’s continuing legal education committee by researching and producing innovative presentations for CLE credit on the most current and cutting-edge topics. Mr. Liebler has presented over a dozen CLEs to the firm’s clients and other participants across the country.

 

Practice Areas: Asset Recovery, Special Assets, Consumer Class Action, Commercial Litigation, Financial Institution Operations Litigation.

 

Languages: Spanish

Practice Areas:
Asset Recovery, Class Action, Commercial Litigation, Financial Institution Operations Litigation, Premises Liability, Special Assets
Education:
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
Lehigh University, B.A., Honors
All-American Varsity Football
Muhlbacher Scholarship Recipient
Bar and Court Admissions:
Florida,
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida,
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida,
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida,
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit,
Illinois,
District of Columbia,
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois,
United States Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Florida,
United States Bankruptcy Court - Middle District of Florida,
United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Florida,
Western District of Texas,
Northern District of Illinois
Professional Memberships and Community Involvement:
National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”)
Hispanic National Bar Association
Miami-Dade County Bar Association
Habitat for Humanity
Languages:
Spanish
Noteworthy Opinions:
Acosta v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 8:17-cv-2592-T-23AAS, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123089, at *12 (M.D. Fla. July 24, 2018)(Order Granting Summary Judgment against plaintiffs’ allegations of mortgage fraud arising from the Home Affordable Modification Program)

Blanco v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 8:17-cv-2593-T-23JSS, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123380, at *12 (M.D. Fla. July 24, 2018)(Order Granting Summary Judgment against Plaintiffs’ allegations of mortgage fraud arising from the Home Affordable Modification Program)

Brexendorf v. Bank of Am., N.A., 319 F. Supp. 3d 1257, 1260 (M.D. Fla. 2018)(Dismissal with Prejudice of Fraud and FDUTPA Claims)

Captain v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 18-60130-CIV, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 183192, at *1 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 25, 2018)(Summary Judgment on Plaintiff’s Fraud Claims against Mortgagee)

Cardenas v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 8:17-cv-2629-T-33AEP, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178114, at *11 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 17, 2018)(Order Granting Summary Judgment against Plaintiffs’ allegations of Mortgage Fraud arising from the Home Affordable Modification Program)

Coles v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 17-24153-CIV-GAYLES, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84718, at *14 (S.D. Fla. May 20, 2019)(Dismissal with prejudice of Fraud Claims brought by mortgagor against lender)

Collazo-Cruz v. Bank of America, N.A., No. 8:17-cv-2627-WFJ-SPF, ECF No. 232, (M.D. Fla. November 15, 2021)(Summary judgment on consumer fraud claims as barred by the Florida Banking Statute of Frauds)

Dykes v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 17-CV-62412-WPD, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 224283, at *1 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 26, 2018) (Order Granting Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings against Plaintiff’s claims of common law fraud)

Jacobs v. Quicken Loans, Inc., No. 15-81386-CIV-MARRA, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176469, at *1 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 19, 2017)(Denial of Class Certification of TCPA Putative Class Action)

Medibetic Health Systems, Inc. v. Home Diagnostics, Inc. 2001-8796, 2015 Fla. Cir. LEXIS 69427 (December 10, 2015)

Paredes v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 2:17-cv-594-FtM-38MRM, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31345, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Feb. 27, 2018) (Dismissal with Prejudice of Plaintiffs’ fraud claims arising from servicing of mortgage loan)

Teetrick v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 6:18-cv-2061-Orl-22DCI, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69414, at *2 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 24, 2019) (Dismissal of FDCPA causes of action against lender)

Zenteno v. Bank of Am., N.A., No. 8:17-cv-02591-WFJ-TGW, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176917, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 2, 2019)(Order Granting Sanctions against Plaintiff’s counsel for discovery violations)

Career Counseling Inc. v. Amerifcators Financial Group, LLC et al, No. 3:16-cv-03013-JMC (S.D. South Carolina December 1, 2016) (Dismissal of Class Action Complaint for Client on Personal Jurisdiction Grounds)

Leonard v. Bank of America, Case No: 2019-CA-000166 (Fla. Cir. Ct. St. Lucie County February 9, 2021) (summary judgment over Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act claims and claims of fraud upon the Court)

Youssouf Benin v. Bank of America, Case No: 4:20-cv-421 ECF 20 (N.D. Fla. October 29, 2020) (dismissal of 42 U.S.C. 1983 claims for discrimination and wrongful arrest)

Unbehagen v. Bank of America, Case No. 8:20-cv-01709 ECF No. 247 (M.D. Fla. October 27, 2020) (dismissal of Paycheck Protection Program Class agent fee action)