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R. Scott Shuker, Esq.


Scott practices in the areas of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights with a long track record of advising corporate debtors, creditors, and distressed investors in all parts of the capital structure. Scott primarily represents chapter 11 debtors in bankruptcy cases, both corporate and individual. Scott is board certified in Business Bankruptcy. In addition to corporate chapter 11 work, Scott has also represented chapter 11 trustees in large fraud or Ponzi Scheme cases including Evergreen Security, Ltd and IPS Worldwide. As part of the chapter 11 trustee representation, Mr. Shuker has successfully prosecuted numerous fraudulent transfer cases with multi-million dollar judgments.

Companies navigating through the chapter 11 reorganization process with Scott’s leadership include Planet Hollywood International, Inc., Transit Group, Hudson’s Furniture, Appliance Direct, and Celebrity Resorts, LLC. 

Before pursuing his legal career, Scott was a corporate banking officer for Southeast Bank. Scott is a Fellow at the Litigation Counsel of America, and a member of the Diversity Law Institute and the Trial Law Institute. 

Scott earned his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law, with Honors in 1993. He earned his B.S. degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, with High Distinction.

Bar Admissions:

Florida Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, M.D. Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

U.S. District Court, N.D. Florida

U.S. District Court, S.D. Florida

Professional Recognitions:

American Board of Certification, Business Bankruptcy, since 2002

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, since 2003

Florida Super Lawyers, since 2003

Florida Trend, Legal Elite, since 2005

Best Lawyers in America, since 2006

Best Lawyers in Orlando, Orlando Magazine, since 2006

Chambers USA, Highly Recommended as Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy Restructuring, since 2007

Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2010, Bankruptcy, Orlando, FL

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, since 2013

Professional Memberships:

American Bar Association

■ Committee on Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, 1993 to Present

The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar:

■ Bankruptcy/UCC Committee

         ▪ Chair 07/2004-06/2005

■ Student Liaison Committee

         ▪ Chair 07/2006-06/2008

■ Executive Council. 2002-2011

■ National Accreditation and Certification: Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee. 2012-Present

■ Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association:

▪ President 01/1999-12/1999

▪ Board Of Directors 1995-2001, 2013-2017

▪ Diversity Committee Chair 2013-2015

■  Orange County Bar Association:1993-present

▪ Bankruptcy Committee

Speaking Engagements:

■  Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Assoc./2014 Seminar; “Solving the 1111(b) Puzzle”

■  Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Assoc./ May 2014 Meeting, “Mediation Principles”

■  ABI/Paskay 37th Annual Seminar, March 2013. “Mediation in Chapter 11”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Assoc./20th Seminar (2012), “Recent Chapter 11 Cases”

■  Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Assoc./2012 Seminar, “Common Ethical Issues”

■  Turnaround Management Assoc./2011 Seminar, “A Fresh Start or a False Start and     Cram Down/Absolute Priority Rule”

■  Turnaround Management Assoc./ 2007 Seminar, “Florida: Fair Weather for Bankruptcy”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Assoc./14th Seminar(2006), “Recent Chapter 11 Cases”

■  Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Assoc./2006 Seminar, “BAPCPA: One Year Later”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Law Assoc./13th Seminar(2005), “Complex Chapter 11 Issues”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Law Assoc/12th Seminar(2004), “Evergreen Security, Ltd: A Post Mortem Review of Lessons from a $200,000,000 Ponzi Scheme”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Law Assoc./10th Seminar(2002), “Issues Under 365”

■  Florida Bar Bus Law/Bankruptcy UCC/Seminar (2002), “Commercial Bankruptcy Issues”

■  Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Assoc./ 2000 Seminar, “Fraudulent Transfer Issues”

■  Jacksonville Bankruptcy Law Assoc./8th Seminar (2000), “11th Circuit Bankruptcy Decisions”

Reported Decisions:

■ In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc., 2010 WL 1644915 (M.D. Fla. 2010), (Appellate consideration of whether Bankruptcy Court erred in determining case was not filed in bad faith.)

In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc., 2010 WL 2179124 (M.D. Fla. 2010), (Denying a motion for leave to appeal.)

In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc., 2010 WL 963460 (M.D. Fla. 2010), (Denying a motion to dismiss appeal for mootness.)

In re Sherwood Investments Overseas Ltd., 442 B.R. 834 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010) (Denying defendants motion to dismiss debtor’s adversary proceeding relating to venue and jurisdiction.)

In re Telligenix Corp., 436 B.R. 211 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010), (Determining appropriate claim of landlord for administrative rent.)

In re Celebrity Resorts, LLC, 2010 WL 5289298 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010) (Denying a preliminary injunction sought against principal of debtor.)

In re Celebrity Resorts, LLC, 2010 WL 5392657 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010), (Confirming plan of reorganization over the objection of certain creditors.)

In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc., 2010 WL 2293068 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2010), (Denying a motion to dismiss the Chapter 11 case.)

In re Davis Heritage GP Holdings, LLC, 443 B.R. 448 (Bankr. N.D. Fla. 2011) (Determining case was not filed in good faith and, thus, dismissal warranted.)

In re Celebrity Resorts, LLC, 2011 WL 285638 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2011), (Determining reasonable amount of fees awarded to debtor’s counsel.)

In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc., 2011 WL 1167880 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2011), (Determining the issue of set off regarding an I.R.S. claim.)

In re Sherwood Investments Overseas Ltd., 2011 WL 5519906 (Bankr. M.D. Fla 2011), (Denying defendant’s request to apply foreign law.)

In re Mirabilis Ventures, Inc. 2012 WL 1038773 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2012), (Resolving contested objection to claim filed by the I.R.S.)

In re Aida’s Paradise, LLC, 485 B.R. 806 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2013), (Allowing a potential claim against lender for equitable subordination to withstand motion to dismiss.)

In re Mona Lisa at Celebration, LLC, 495 B.R. 535 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2013), (Determining claimants not entitled to attorneys’ fees in claim dispute.)In re Sherwood Investments Overseas Ltd, 2014 WL 1877548 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014), (Granting a motion to compel production of documents.)


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