Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 21 attorneys have been honored in the 2022 edition of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, including eight Hall of Fame members and one Up & Comer. This represents nearly 10 percent of the firm’s attorneys and two additional honorees over the prior year.

Now in its 19th year, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite listing is an exclusive annual honor that represents just over one percent of practicing Florida attorneys, making it one of the most exclusive peer review awards in the legal industry. Florida Trend develops its annual list by inviting all in-state members of the Florida Bar to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. Voters are also asked to name three up-and-coming attorneys. Attorneys are scored based on the number of votes they received, with more weight applied to votes from outside their own firms.

Eight of Gunster’s Legal Elite honorees continue to be included in the publication’s distinguished Hall of Fame, having consistently earned high rankings from their peers since 2009.

Gunster attorneys in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame include:

Following are the eight Hall of Famers and 12 additional Gunster attorneys added to the Florida Trend Legal Elite 2022 list:

Kenneth B. Bell
Amy B. Boulris

Bankruptcy & Workout:
Kenneth G.M. Mather

Business Law:
David G. Bates
Joseph P. Chase
Scott M. Coffey
David M. Wells

Commercial Litigation:
Timothy S. Danninger
Jorge D. Guttman
William K. Hill
John A. Schifino
William J. Schifino Jr.
Michael G. Tanner

Eminent Domain:
John W. Little III

Government & Administrative:
Bruce D. Lamb

William P. Dillon

Wills, Trusts & Estates:
Debra L. Boje
Elaine M. Bucher
John C. Moran
Lisa A. Schneider

In addition, Lauren V. Purdy was listed as a 2022 Up and Comer in the Commercial Litigation category.

Gunster continues to excel within the top industry recognition programs. In addition to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America also consistently rank Gunster’s attorneys as leaders across a range of practice areas, demonstrating the depth of talent that the firm brings.

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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 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 Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With over 220 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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