Gunster welcomes Steven A. Lessne to its private wealth services and business litigation practices. He joins the firm as a shareholder in its West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale offices, and brings nearly 20 years of experience in the field.

Lessne has handled complex litigation in commercial, probate and trust matters and has represented and counseled banks, fiduciaries, companies and individuals in state and federal court and arbitration proceedings throughout the country.

“Steven’s hybrid litigation skills allow him to work with high net worth individuals, fiduciaries and companies in connection with trust, estate and complex business disputes,” says Gunster Managing Shareholder H. William (“Bill”) Perry. “He is an asset to our team and we are happy to welcome him to Gunster.”

Gunster shareholder Steve Lessne

Lessne sits on the advisory board for Keiser University and the professional advisory committee of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, and has long served as his synagogue’s general counsel. He previously served on the Florida Democratic Lawyers Council, the Democratic Party’s voter protection arm, as lead county counsel for Palm Beach County and then as regional lead counsel overseeing eight counties.

More about Gunster’s private wealth services

The firm’s private wealth services practice, led by Daniel A. Hanley, enjoys a long tradition as the preeminent estate and trust planning and litigation group in Florida. The group’s planners and litigators are recognized nationally as top lawyers in their field by some of the most prestigious national organizations. The group’s litigators regularly handle complex, high-stakes matters, and have earned Gunster a reputation as the Florida powerhouse for fiduciary litigation.

More about Gunster’s business litigation

Gunster’s business litigation practice is led by David Atkinson and Michael Marcil. The firm’s well-connected litigators focus on the best business outcome, which is why institutional and professional clients involved in Florida litigation retain the firm again and again – particularly when the stakes are high.

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Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 11 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 Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 170 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 350 largest law firms. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at


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