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Corali Lopez-Castro

Practice Area: Bankruptcy Matters
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Corali Lopez-Castro is a shareholder at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton. She concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. Mrs. Lopez-Castro’s practice reflects her extensive experience and expertise with bankruptcy reorganizations and liquidations, receiverships, debt restructuring, and creditors’ rights. She has recently been involved in the liquidation of four significant bank holding companies pending in bankruptcy court and state court. She served on the panel of Trustees for the Southern District of Florida between 1998 and 2002, during which she was responsible for the liquidation of assets in bankruptcy cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In 2014, Mrs. Lopez-Castro was inducted as a Fellow into the 25th Class of the American College of Bankruptcy. The College recognizes individuals for their professional excellence and contributions to the field of restructuring and insolvency.

In 2006 she was elected President of the Cuban American Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in Florida.Mrs. Lopez-Castro was the second woman president of the organization.

She has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating (AV), and from 2005 through 2013 has been recognized in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an independent, objective rankings guide to the nation’s top attorneys. In addition, Mrs. Lopez-Castro has been recognized repeatedly in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (in 2012 she was named as a Hall of Famer) for her practice in business law. The University of Miami Law Alumni Association awarded its first ever Leadership Award to Mrs. Lopez-Castro. Mrs. Lopez-Castro is also a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mrs. Lopez-Castro has lectured on bankruptcy and litigation topics at seminars of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is active in other professional organizations and the community. In 2011, she received the Katherine R. Heidt Award for Leadership from the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the ABA Business Law Committee.

Mrs. Lopez-Castro, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earned her J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1990 from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a member of the Inter-American Law Review. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Brown University in 1987.

Mrs. Lopez-Castro joined Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in 1990. She remained with the firm through 1995, when she briefly relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, and practiced law with Hahn Loeser & Parks. In 1997, she returned to Miami and rejoined KT&T. She has been a partner in the firm since.

Key Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy Litigation
  • Receivership
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Debtor Solutions
  • Commercial Litigation

Admissions & Memberships

  • Florida Bar, 1990, Pro Bono Standing Committee (Co-Chair, 2009-2012), Annual Convention (Chair, 2009), Bankruptcy/UCC Committee of the Business Law Section (Chair, 2014), President’s Task Force to Study Enhancement of Diversity on the Bench and the Judicial Nominating Commissions (Member, 2014)
  • District of Columbia Bar, 1993
  • Ohio Bar, 1997
  • United States District Court, Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida, and Northern District of Ohio
  • Cuban American Bar Association (President- 2006)
  • Miami-Dade County Bar Association, Judicial Campaign Practices Commission (2000 – 2005)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee, Secured Creditors Subcommittee (Chair, 2014-present), Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee (Chair, 2011-2014); Executory Contracts Subcommittee (Chair, 2008-2010), Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee (Vice-Chair, 2006-2008)
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association, Southern District of Florida


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law
  • B.A., Brown University
  • Member of the Inter-American Law Review

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Prime Motor Inns Revisited and More Letter of Credit Mischief (1991), Everything You Wanted to Know About the First Weeks of a Chapter 11 Case (2001), Everything You Wanted to Know About Cash Collateral (2002), Sale of Insurance Policies Under 11 U.S.C. §363 – Whose Policy is it Anyway? (January 2005), Everything You Wanted to Know About How Bankruptcy Affects Your Business Law Practice (2004), A Practical Guide to Litigating Deepening Insolvency (2006), Daubert: Intruder or Invited Guest in Bankruptcy Cases (2008), General Growth Properties, Governance Principles in Chapter 11 Cases, Does Bankruptcy Remoteness Work? (Moderator) (2010), Representing Closely Held Business in Bankruptcy; Identifying Potential Conflicts of Interest (2014)
  • ABI, Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, Bankruptcy Litigation: A Practice Skills Guide (Litigating the Appointment of a Receiver in a Non-Bankruptcy Court Forum) (2012)
  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida, Testimony of Appraisers in Bankruptcy Cases (July 1994), The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994 (January 1995), Involuntary Bankruptcies (February 1999), Practice Evidence (2013)
  • Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, Life as a SARE Debtor: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Arbitration in Bankruptcy (2009)
  • The Foreclosure/Housing Crisis: The State of the Economy and How We Got There (2010)
  • Florida Fiduciary Forum – Ethical Considerations for Fiduciaries (June 2011)
  • Miami-Dade FAWL (October 2012) Moderator, Overcoming Gender Bias: Getting into the Courtroom and Succeeding Once There
  • Miami-Dade Bench & Bar Conference, Bankruptcy Issues for State Court Judges (2014)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Talent Optimization: How to Effectively Develop Your Leadership Skills Outside the Workplace (April 2014)
  • Florida Bar, Professional Fiduciary: Responsibilities and Duties (Operating Receiverships) (May 2014)