The Law Office of Sharon T. Sperling

Firm Overview

I opened this office in January of 2003, but I have been representing clients in bankruptcy in this area since 1988. I assist people in North Central Florida who have financial problems.

Example cases

I regularly represent clients in Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 cases in the Northern and Middle District of Florida bankruptcy courts.

Main Office
2830 NW 41st. Street
Suite C
Gainesville  FL  32635
  • (352) 371-3117
  • (352) 377-6324


Free Initial Consultation?
See above.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
I offer a 30 minute free initial consultation for people who are interested in learning what their options are and whether bankruptcy can help them. My fees vary based on the complexity of each individual case but I always give people a recommendation and a quoted fee after we've met and I've reviewed their situation.
Hourly Rates
Free initial debtor bankruptcy consultation; $200 per hour for creditor representation.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evenings and weekend appointments available.
Emergency After Hours
I've been working with people and small businesses in North Central Florida since 1988, helping my clients resolve their financial problems so they can move forward with greater stability and a lot less stress.
I'm a solo practitioner.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Bankruptcy offers people closed-end solutions. A lot of law is very open-ended. There are real answers to real problems. Bankruptcy also offers closure to people who are going through very difficult times in their lives and the opportunity for a fresh start.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients to stay informed and to seek information from me or from independent sources regarding the law, their rights and their responsibilities.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Under some circumstances I will review documents prepared by clients. I will review documents and correspondence received by clients and advise them regarding the contents.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I will meet with individuals who are proceeding pro se but usually can't be available to them on an on-going basis.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I understand that the people who come to see me don't want to be in the circumstances they are. I don't take a case just to take a case, I will tell people if I think that this is not a right thing for them to do and will suggest alternatives. I try to be realistic with what their results are because I want their lives to be better after their case.

Sharon Sperling

I worked my way through college and law school. I know about working the midnight shift and needing to have two or three jobs to keep my head above water.

I received my law degree from the University of Florida College of Law with honors in December, 1987, where I was a member of the Law Review and served as Associate Articles Editor in 1987. I received my B.A. with high honors from Florida Atlantic University. I majored in history, switching to that after studying theater for a few years and coming to the stunning realization that I needed to someday be able to support myself.

I've practiced law in the Gainesville area since 1988. I began practicing as an associate with the Law Office of Lansing J. Roy (1988-1989), representing debtors in Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11, then worked as an associate with Scruggs & Carmichael, P.A. (1990-1991) representing institutional and individual creditors. I was a partner in Swanson & Sperling, P.A. until January, 2003, when I opened my own office as a solo practitioner. I served as a Chapter 7 trustee from 1992-1995.

I have been President of the Northern District Bankruptcy Bar Association, and active in the Florida Bar Bankruptcy/UCC Committee. I'm also active in local voluntary bar activities. I've held every office in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, serving as President in 1996-1997. I've been the treasurer of that association since 2001. I am an emeritus member of the James C. Adkins Inn of Court, having been treasurer for several years before serving as President in 2003-2004.
Personal interests: Baseball, reading, my kids, and politics.
  • Bar Number: 763489
    Florida , 1988
  • University of Florida College of Law
    J.D. , 1987
    Gainesville, FL
    Associate Articles Editor, University of Florida Law Review.
  • Florida Atlantic University
    B.A. , 1984
    Boca Raton, FL

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