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    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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    6th Floor at Ford Field
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    99 Monroe Avenue NW
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    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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    Troy, MI 48084
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Floyd E. Gates, Jr.

Member,Grand Rapids

T 616-205-1860F 616-205-4399616-205-1860

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
    Michigan State University, B.S.
  • Michigan
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Ct. of Appeals, 6th Cir.
  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. Mich.
  • U.S. District Ct., W.D. Mich.

Mr. Gates heads Bodman’s Grand Rapids office. He is an experienced litigation, banking and corporate attorney. 

He has represented financial institutions throughout the country in connection with workout and related litigation along with the investigation of complex fraud schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in claims.  Floyd has also handled significant real estate related litigation including representing numerous owners, contractors and suppliers in connection with multi-million dollar construction, riparian and environmental claims.  He has represented insurance carriers throughout the county in connection with large coverage and subrogation claims. He has also represented numerous financial institutions in connection with complex loan documentation and incentive financing.

Floyd also serves as general corporate counsel for many small and medium sized companies including financial institutions, health care institutions and providers, manufacturers, contractors and employment agencies, among others.  No matter the industry, Floyd’s passion, creativity and problem solving abilities make him a tremendous advocate for his clients.

Floyd proudly served his country for twelve years in the United States Army Reserves as both a communications specialist attached to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and as a legal specialist attached to an office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG).

Floyd is listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, in Michigan Super Lawyers 2023 under Creditor-Debtor Rights and in Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers 2023 under Banking & Financial Services. The Business Review Western Michigan named him to its “40 Under 40” class of business and community leaders in 2008.  He is active in a number of nonprofit boards and community organizations including the March of Dimes and the American Red Cross.  Floyd is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Honors, Awards and Recognition
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2024, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal Notable West Michigan Lawyers, 2023
  • Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyers 2021-2023, Banking & Financial Services Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2021-2023, Creditor-Debtor Rights
  • Business Review Western Michigan “40 Under 40,” 2008


Practices & Industries Education
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
    Michigan State University, B.S.
  • Michigan