Michael Mitrione is a shareholder who currently serves as co-chair of Gunster’s Corporate practice and as part of the firm’s Banking practice.

Mike joined the firm in 1979, after practicing in New York City for four years. He served as the chair of Gunster’s Corporate practice for more than two decades, as well as served on the firm’s board of directors.

Mike routinely advises clients in a wide variety of matters including business, corporate, securities and banking law. Mike strives to bring a value-oriented, practical, problem solving approach to all matters.

Mike has represented companies and investors in a wide variety of industries and at all stages of growth, from private start-up ventures to large public companies. Mike provides strategic counseling for and advises U.S. and foreign based entities and their directors and officers on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, corporate governance and joint ventures. Mike also advises clients on corporate structuring and restructuring, employment, compensation and non-compete arrangements, securities and banking regulatory compliance, and licensing, distribution, sports and other business agreements.

Mike has received recognition from numerous industry publications, including The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Florida Trend and South Florida Business Journal.

Mike speaks Italian, so he has particular experience in advising various Italian organizations conducting business in the United States.

  • $165 million sale of a national pest control company
  • $310 million merger of two publicly traded bank holding companies
  • Sale of an aviation parts company
  • Nationwide representation of a private equity fund in numerous investment transactions
  • Sale of an agribusiness with operations in Ohio and Missouri to a Northeastern private equity firm
  • Merger of two not-for-profit hospice businesses
  • Purchase and sale of several conference and publication businesses for a privately owned publications company
  • $80.5 million public offering of stock for a Florida bank holding company
  • Sale of a steel fabrication business
  • Sale of numerous insurance agencies
  • Numerous distribution and sponsorship agreements for alcoholic beverage producers
  • Employment, equity incentive and retirement plan agreements for various executives of publicly traded companies
  • Purchase and sale of several alcoholic beverage production businesses
  • Numerous golf course design and endorsement/licensing agreements for a prominent professional golfer
  • Purchase and sale of various investment advisory businesses
  • Purchase and sale of numerous community banks in Florida
  • Purchase of an oil field services business
  • AV Rated as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 1991-15
  • Chambers & Partners, Leaders in Their Field, Transactional, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, 2009-15, and Banking & Finance, 2011-15
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-15
  • Florida Trend, “Legal Elite,” 2007, 2011, 2013-14
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer,” Corporate & Business; Mergers & Acquisitions, 2005-14
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, West Palm Beach “Corporate Lawyer of the Year,” 2010
  • Leadership Florida, Class XXVIII, 2009-10
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Attorneys handle important financial transactions for their clients (Financial Edition, October 2014)
  • “Director Duties and Liabilities,” Florida Bankers Association Annual Convention
  • “Financing Growth in a Volatile Market,” Florida 100 Conference
  • “Going Public,” Florida 100 Conference
  • “Growth Financing,” Florida 100 Conference
  • “Duties and Responsibilities of Bank Directors – How to Avoid Liability,” University of Florida’s Third Annual Seminar for Directors of Financial Institutions
  • “The Practicalities of Capital Raising,” Treasure Coast Entrepreneurs Club
  • “Legislative Developments Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations and Condominium Associations,” Broward County Chapter of the Florida Institute of CPAs
  • “The New Florida Business Corporation Act,” various chapters of the Florida Institute of CPAs
  • Florida Corporate Practice, 4th Ed., contributing author
  • Florida Bar, 1980
    • Corporations and Securities Committee
    • Corporate Law Revision Committee
    • Business Law Section
    • Legislative Subcommittee, Ch. 517
    • Revision Committee
  • New York Bar, 1976
  • Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, governing board, 2015-present
  • Quantum House, board of directors, 2011-present, Executive Committee, 2012-present
  • Max Planck Florida Foundation, board of trustees, 2010-present
  • The Gary Carter Foundation, Inc., board of trustees, 2008-present
  • Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee, 2007-present, chairman, 2010-11
  • Fordham University School of Law, regional president, Alumni Association, 2007-present
  • Angel Forum of Florida, board of directors, 2013-14
  • Special award for “Visionary Leadership” by the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • University of Florida Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, advisory board
  • The Pine School, board of trustees, 2006-11
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greater Palm Beach County Chapter, board of directors and Executive Committee, president, 2002-04
  • Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, board of directors, chairman, 1989-90
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, South Florida Chapter, vice president and secretary, 1987-90
  • SunFest of Palm Beach County, Inc., board of directors

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