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In this practice, clients’ financial lives are often on the line, so it’s critical that we do everything we can to reach the best resolution and seek to effectively solve their financial problem. Our Bankruptcy lawyers successfully handle all aspects of bankruptcy representation such as creditors’ rights, Chapter 11’s for the reorganization of businesses or individuals, complex Chapter 7’s, debtors’ rights, foreclosure defense and prosecution and other state court insolvency matters including receiverships and assignments for the benefit of creditors. We’ve represented all sides – debtors, creditors, assignees and trustees – and worked with all types, from individuals to large corporations and banking institutions. To be effective in this practice, you need attorneys that understand the financing, business models and laws related to each client’s business. This practice also requires creativity, strategic flexibility and strong corporate and litigation skills. Few firms can offer the expertise needed to handle complex bankruptcy cases, workouts and other insolvency representation at competitive prices, like Johnson Pope.

Welcome to Johnson Pope

Over the past four and one-half decades, Johnson Pope has been committed to helping our clients seize opportunities and solve problems in a high quality, timely and economical manner.

We have some of the best and brightest attorneys in the Tampa Bay Area. Our firm and our lawyers regularly receive awards attesting to our capabilities and results obtained for our clients. We are the only law firm on Florida’s West Coast with full service offices in all three major cities in the Bay Area — Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

I invite you to scroll through this website. You will see the wide variety of legal work we do, and the high quality of achievement, advanced degrees and Bar-approved specialty designations held by our lawyers.

If you would like to discuss how we can help you or your business, please call me or any of our lawyers. We look forward to hearing from you.

Very truly yours,

Guy M. Burns

Managing Partner


Since starting with the Firm in 1988, Michael’s practice has concentrated on bankruptcy and insolvency related Litigation.

Michael has represented corporate and individual debtors, secured creditors, equipment lenders, landlords, creditor’s committees, trustees and petitioning creditors in involuntary bankruptcies.

Michael also has substantial experience in receivership cases.

Distinctions & Memberships 

  • The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008, in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar – 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th and 9th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Southern and Northern Districts of Florida
  • Clearwater Bar Association Member
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Named to Florida’s Legal Elite 2011-2013


  • Florida State University B.S., summa cum laude – 1985
  • Florida State University J.D., with honors – 1988
  • In re Alvarez, 224 F.3d 127 (11th Cir. 2000)
  • V.S. v. DeMarco, 256 B.R. 320 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
  • In re Scrap Metal Buyers of Tampa, Inc., 253 B.R. 103 (M.D. Fla. 2000)
  • Stewart v. Tasnet, Inc., 718 So.2d 820 (Fla. App. 2 Dist. 1998)
  • O’Neal v. Sun Bank, 644 So.2d 177 (Fla. App. 5 Dist. 1994)
  • Campbell v. Smith, 571 So.2d 91 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 1990)
  • Cove Cay Village IV Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Plymouth Development Corp., 561 So.2d 307 (Fla. App. 2 Dist. 1990)
  • In re Guardianship of Browning, 543 So.2d 258 (Fla. App. 2Dist. 1989)
  • Colonial Daytona Ltd. Partnership v. American Sav. Of Florida, F.S.B., 152 B.R. 996 (M.D. Fla. 1993)
  • In re REB & B, Inc., 200 B.R. 262 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1996)
  • In re Gentri, 185 B.R. 368 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1995)
  • In re Noll, 172 B.R. 122 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1994)
  • In re Immenhausen Corporation, 166 B.R. 449 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1994)
  • In re Schmidt, 164 B.R. 696 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1994)
  • In re Schmidt, 156 B.R. 680 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1993)
  • In re Weinhardt, 156 B.R. 677 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1993)
  • In re AT Engineering, Inc., 142 B.R. 990 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1992)
  • In re Weinhardt, 142 B.R. 984 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1992)
  • Scrap Metal Buyers v. Charels Bluestone Co., 214 B.R. 509 (M.D. Fla. 1997)
  • In re West Lakeland Land Co. Ltd., 216 B.R. 892 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • In re Psychiatric Hospitals of Florida, 217 B.R. 645 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1997)
  • In re Condec, Inc., 225 B.R. 800 (M.D. Fla. 1998)
  • In re Tower Environmental, Inc., 217 B.R. 645 (Banker, M.D. Fla. 1997)
  • Epic Metals Corp. v. Condec, 232 B.R. 806 (M.D. Fla. 1999)
  • In re Gulfstar Industries, Inc., 236 B.R. 75 (Bkrptcy. M.D. Fla. 1999)


Practiced in New York with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as well as Dewey Ballantine, LLP. Clerked with Hon. Michael G. Williamson, United States Bankruptcy Judge in Tampa, Florida and Hon. Cornelius Blackshear, United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of New York


  • The Florida Bar – 1998
  • The New York Bar – 1993
  • The New Jersey Bar – 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts – of New York – 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Districts – of New York – 1993
  • US District of New Jersey

Distinctions & Memberships

  • Florida’s Legal Elite 2013 – Florida Trend Magazine
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Member (“ABI”)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association – Founding Member (“APABA”)
  • Clearwater Bar Association Member
  • International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation Member (“IWIRC”)
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association Member (“TBBBA”)
  • Upper Tampa Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees


  • University of Southern California B.S., 1985
  • Rutgers University Law School J.D., 1993, High Honors, Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Women’s Rights Law Reporter


  • Speaker on a panel at the NCBJ-NBA Minority Law Student Outreach in October 2012
  • Speaker on the Clearwater Bar Diversity Panel in February 2013
  • Speaker at APABA SE Regional Conference in June 2013
  • Speaker for Credit Abuse Resistance Education (“C.A.R.E.”)

When She’s Not Working Hard for Clients 

Angelina likes catching a movie, visiting a theme park, or traveling with her family.


Al Gomez is a partner in the Tampa office of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP.  The majority of his practice is in the area of bankruptcy law, insolvency, assignments for the benefit of creditors and all other aspects of debtor/creditor law.  He has represented clients in all aspects of bankruptcy representation and insolvency matters (debtors, creditors, trustees, assignees, receivers, purchasers, etc.) since 1990.  His practice has primarily focused on the commercial and corporate aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency law, but he has remained active representing clients in consumer related cases as well.

Al is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been listed as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” in Florida Trend Magazine.  Al has been selected as a Florida “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics publication and as one of Florida’s “Top Attorneys” in The Wall Street Journal.

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Distinctions- Current & Past Memberships 

  • The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013, in the fields of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Stetson Law Review, 1987 – 1988
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar in 1989; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1989; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1990; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2011
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Consumer Protection Law Committee
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay (Former Board Member)
  • Board Member, Hillsborough County Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, 2013 – 2014
  • Board Member, St. Michael’s Legal Center
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite – 2020


  • University of Florida, B.A., – 1985
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. – 1988; Stetson Law Review; Recipient, Theta Chi Academic Excellence Award

When He’s Not Working Hard for Clients 

Al spends quality his time with his family, enjoys traveling, being physically active and reading about a broad variety of topics, especially politics, history and philosophy.


Tampa Office 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100 Tampa, FL 33602
P: 813-225-2500 F: 813-223-7118


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