FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 22, 2009) 3/4 Gunster shareholder Arthur J. Furia, General Counsel and Southeast Regional Vice President of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), joined several other Gunster attorneys at an event in honor of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the Tower Club in Ft. Lauderdale.

Hosted by NIAF, the reception gave Scalia the opportunity to meet with numerous high-profile business leaders, government officials and local judges, including Italian Consul General Marco Rocca; Broward County Sherriff Al Lamberti; Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober; St. Thomas School of Law Dean Alfredo Garcia; Nova Southeastern University President Ray Ferrero; Florida International University College of Law Dean Leonard Strickman; Judge William Dimitrouleas; Judge Ursula Ungaro; Judge Robert Scola; Judge John Frusciante; and NIAF Board Members Paul Chipparone, Bob Cuillo; and Joe Della Ratta.

“Justice Scalia is an icon in both the legal and Italian-American communities,” said Furia. “It is our pleasure and privilege to have him with us today.”

After a short presentation, Scalia signed copies of his new book, “Making Your Case – The Art of Persuading Judges,” co-authored with Bryan A. Garner.

Among the Gunster attorneys who attended were John Mariani; Jonathan Gilbert; Greg Bader; Joseph Raia; Michael Mitrione; Linda Conahan; Robert Judd; Jim McDonald; and Martin Press.

NIAF, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C., has served the Italian-American community for the past 34 years and has played a pivotal role in preserving Italian culture in America. Its programs have helped young people through scholarships, mentoring, U.S./Italy exchange, internships, youth retreats and much more. Visit for more information.


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Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with eight offices around the state, providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Our statewide presence and culture reflect the firm’s status as Florida’s lawyers for business. Gunster services clients from its offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach, with 140 attorneys and 200 committed support staff.


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