Gunster is pleased to announce that shareholder David Bates has been selected by the Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year for West Palm Beach in the area of corporate law.

Gunster attorney David BatesThis is a prestigious honor granted to only one attorney in each practice area per region. The award is based on an extensive peer-review process that involves an initial nomination, voting and comments.

Bates is the co-chair of Gunster’s technology and emerging companies groups. He has been practicing law for more than two decades. Bates counsels clients in the areas of technology law, venture capital, licensing and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance and securities. He also assists with corporate structuring and restructuring, employment, compensation and non-compete
arrangements, securities, franchising and licensing, distribution, sports and other business agreements.

Bates was awarded the same “Lawyer of the Year” award for the corporate practice in West Palm Beach in 2013. He has also been listed among Florida Trend’s Legal Elite for the past ten consecutive years.

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About Gunster

Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 12 offices statewide. Established in 1925, the firm has expanded, diversified and evolved, but always with a singular focus: Florida and its clients’ stake in it. A magnet for business-savvy attorneys who embrace collaboration for the greatest advantage of clients, Gunster’s growth has not been at the expense of personalized service but because of it. The firm serves clients from its offices in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With over 200 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 500 largest law firms and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Diverse Law Firms by Law360. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at



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