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Gunster attorney David BatesIn addition to the dedication he brings to his nearly 25-year legal career, Gunster corporate lawyer David Bates also cultivates a passion for wildlife and landscape photography.

His beloved pastime earned him a profile in the legal industry publication Law360 last month.

Polar bear nap | David Bates In the profile, Bates discusses a couple of close calls where he got a little too close for comfort with some of his photography subjects.

He also talks about how his love of the outdoors began with hiking and feats of speed and strength – but really came into focus when he began devoting his spare time to nature photography about 10 years ago.

In fact, patience, perseverance and planning are the hallmarks of both a good photographer and lawyer, he points out in the article.

Read the profile: Gunster’s David Bates puts the focus on nature (Law360, 10/16/16) – note: subscription required.

Bates serves on Gunster’s board of directors, and co-chairs the firm’s technology and emerging companies law practice.

More of his nature photos can be seen on this page and on his website: www.davidbates.com.

Read a related story: Where the wild things are: David Bates combats career stress with wildlife photography (Florida Super Lawyers, June 2017)

Great blue heron with nesting material | David Bates Pelican diving | David Bates  Common yellow throat | David Bates Groundhogs sharing | David Bates

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