Astrid Guardado

Senior Attorney

aguardado@bplegal.com
Professional Experience

Astrid Guardado focuses her practice primarily on state and federal business litigation matters, with an emphasis on multi-party civil actions, business disputes, general real-estate matters, debt collection, and foreclosure. Currently, Ms. Guardado supervises the collection and foreclosure department of the Firm’s Tampa Bay Regional office.

In addition to her business litigation practice, Ms. Guardado is experienced in handling a variety of employment disputes, including those related to age and sexual discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and issues related to unemployment benefits. She also handles appellate and insurance defense issues, governmental advocacy, debtor bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, and community association litigation matters. She has been a featured speaker at several seminars including: “Drafting Solid Employment Contracts" (Housing and Development Law Institute Fall CLE Conference, Baltimore, MD); “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" (Housing and Development Law Institute Spring CLE Conference, Washington, D.C.); “Privacy in the Workplace-How Far Can an Employer Go” (Massachusetts NAHRO Conference, Cape Cod, MA); "Aids and Housing Law Rights" (Florida Legal Services Annual Symposium, Orlando, FL); and "Basic Consumer Rights" (Homeless Advocacy Project Training, San Francisco Legal Services Program, San Francisco, CA). Ms. Guardado is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Business Litigation Perspectives blog.

Activities & Memberships

An active member of the community, Ms. Guardado is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar and Tampa Bay Hispanic Bar Associations, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, Seniors in Service, Board of Directors, Working Women of Tampa Bay, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. She is also a licensed Florida real estate sales associate.

Bar Admissions
  • Florida, member, Labor and Employment Law Section
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Education
  • Memphis State University, J.D., 1991
  • University of South Florida, B.A., with honors, 1987
Languages
  • Italian
  • Spanish