Celi S. Aguilar


Portrait of Celi S. Aguilar

Celi Aguilar has more than 17 years of hands-on, in-the-trenches experience in bankruptcy. Her experience has been hard-earned, having worked first as a paralegal with small and large bankruptcy practices, then as a law clerk while working her way through law school, and now as a bankruptcy associate. She is a key member and associate in Salazar Law’s Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy Department.

Celi has experience with Chapter 11 debtors and creditors’ committees, Chapter 7 trustees, and secured and unsecured creditors.  She has supported clients in their efforts to obtain debtor-in-possession financing, managed complex and high-volume claims objections, and prepared disclosure statements and plans, and section 363 sale and procedures.

Celi has considerable experience “assisting” businesses, fiduciaries, and creditors in out-of-court workouts, assignments for benefit of creditors, and receiverships.

Significant Experience

  • Member of team leading the reorganization of a $45 million, Homestead based nursery.
  • Member of team serving as Chapter 11 counsel for a marine products supply company in restructuring terms of a secured claim.
  • Member of team representing a $350 million international air cargo company in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization, advising on contract negotiations with airline pilots’ union and suppressing litigation by hostile former employees.
  • Member of team representing a 300-store, publicly traded retail florist chain’s management-controlled Chapter 11 liquidation.
  • Member of team representing Chapter 7 trustee in the liquidation of a former health magnate’s $250 million estate, including marketing and consummating the sale of operating six nursing homes.

Areas of Concentration

  • Corporate counseling and crisis management
  • Business bankruptcy and reorganization
  • Assignment for the benefit of creditors

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Best Buddies International, volunteer
  • Special Olympics, volunteer

Awards and Recognition

  • Finalist, "2016 Top Dealmakers of the Year" award for the bankruptcy category by the Daily Business Review
  • Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, Member
  • International Moot Court, Member
  • Student Achievement (Book) Award, Advanced Legal Writing
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2010 Medal of Excellence
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Debtor-Creditor Rights


  • J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law, 2011
  • B.A., Economics, Florida International University, 2005

Admitted to Practice

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

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