WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2016) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 39 of its attorneys have been included in the 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list, and an additional 11 were named Rising Stars.

10-year milestone

Out of Gunster’s 50 award-winning attorneys, seven are longtime honorees celebrating 10 consecutive years of being listed this year. Their names are in red below.

Gunster attorney Jim Davis Gunster attorney Don Hall Gunster attorney Tom Karr Gunster attorney Bruce Lamb Gunster attorney John Little Gunster attorney Lisa Schneider Gunster attorney Steve Vogelsang
James B. Davis Donald R. Hall Thomas M. Karr Bruce D. Lamb John W. Little III Lisa A. Schneider Stephen G. Vogelsang

Best of the best

Besides 11 consecutive years of being a Florida Super Lawyers honoree, shareholder Elaine Bucher has also made three of the publication’s top lists for the second year in a row: Top 50 Women, Top 100 Florida, and Top 100 South Florida. Top lists feature those attorneys with the most total points earned during the selection process.

Gunster attorney Elaine BucherElaine Bucher (estate planning) | Top 50 – Women | Top 100- Florida | Top 100- South Florida

Florida Super Lawyers recognizes up to five percent of the state’s attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Here are Gunster’s 2016 Florida Super Lawyers honorees:

Appellate Employee Benefits/ERISA Health Care
Kenneth B. Bell James B. Davis Bruce D. Lamb


Business Litigation

Employment Litigation: Defense

Joseph G. Santoro

Land Use/Zoning

Donald R. Hall

Brian M. Seymour

William E. Adams, Jr. Environmental
David R. Atkinson

Michael Cavendish

Simon Ferro Mergers & Acquisitions

David G. Bates

Linda A. Conahan Estate & Trust Litigation Michael V. Mitrione
G. Joseph Curley, Jr. John P. Cole Mahesh H. Nanwani
Fabienne E. Fahnestock

Michael R. Freed

William T. Hennessey, III

Thomas M. Karr


Eminent Domain

Jorge D. Guttman Steven A. Lessne Amy Brigham Boulris
William K. Hill John C. Moran John W. Little, III
Clinton R. Losego Michael D. Simon Juan Matias Muniz
Edward A. Marod

Stephen C. Page


Estate Planning & Probate

David M. Wells Debra L. Boje  
Elaine M. Bucher
Daniel A. Hanley

Seth R. Kaplan

Mary Karr

Lisa A. Schneider  
  Stephen G. Vogelsang

Florida Super Lawyers also recognizes Rising Stars, which represent fewer than 2.5 percent of the state’s lawyers under the age of 40, or who have practiced law for fewer than 10 years, and who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Here are Gunster’s 2016 Rising Stars honorees:

Business Litigation Employment & Labor Estate & Probate
Aaron Jay Horowitz Roger Feicht Alyse Reiser Comiter
Jonathan H. Kaskel Keith E. Sonderling Joshua Goldglantz
Lauren Purdy    
Estate & Trust Litigation Immigration: Business Land Use / Zoning
Cristina Papanikos Mariana R. Ribeiro Mario Garcia-Serra
Mergers & Acquisitions
Joseph P. Chase  

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

In 2015, Gunster had a total of 47 Florida Super Lawyers honorees, this year the firm increased its standing with a total of 50 honorees. The firm’s attorneys continue to maintain a strong presence among top lawyers listed by award groups such as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers & Partners Leaders in Their Field.


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, 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

Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications


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