WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 9, 2014) – 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 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list, and an additional 11 were named Rising Stars.

Three Gunster attorneys also made the “top” lists, in which Florida Super Lawyers recognizes the “best of the best” – those Florida lawyers who received the highest point totals during the annual nomination, research and peer review process:

Elaine Bucher
(estate planning)
Top 50 – Women
David G. Bates
Top 100 – South Florida
Brian M. Seymour
(land use & zoning)
Top 100 – South Florida

Florida Super Lawyers recognizes up to 5 percent of the state’s lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Here are Gunster’s 2014 Florida Super Lawyers honorees:

Appellate Employee Benefits/ERISA Health Care
Kenneth B. Bell James B. Davis Bruce D. Lamb
Business/Corp Employment Litigation: Defense Land Use/Zoning
Robert C. White Jr. Joseph G. Santoro James R. Brindell
  Donald R. Hall
Business Litigation Environmental Brian M. Seymour
William E. Adams, Jr. Terry Cole
David R. Atkinson Jr. Simon Ferro Mergers & Acquisitions
Linda A. Conahan Gregory K. Bader
G. Joseph Curley, Jr. Estate & Trust Litigation David G. Bates
Fabienne E. Fahnestock William T. Hennessey, III Michael V. Mitrione
Jorge D. Guttman Thomas M. Karr Mahesh H. Nanwani
William K. Hill John C. Moran
Clinton R. Losego Michael D. Simon Real Estate
Edward A. Marod   Daniel M. Mackler
Stephen C. Page Estate Planning & Probate
David M. Wells Debra L. Boje Technology Transactions
Elaine M. Bucher Kevin M. Levy
Eminent Domain Daniel A. Hanley
Amy Brigham Boulris Lisa A. Schneider
John W. Little, III Stephen G. Vogelsang
Juan Matias Muniz

Florida Super Lawyers also recognizes Rising Stars, which represent fewer than 2.5 percent of the state’s lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Here are Gunster’s 2014 Rising Stars honorees:

Business / Corp Estate & Trust Litigation Mergers & Acquisitions
Marc D. Brody Cristina Papanikos Joseph P. Chase
Business Litigation Immigration Securities & Corporate Finance
Allison J. Cammack Mariana R. Ribeiro Gustav Schmidt
David C. Scileppi
Employment & Labor Land Use / Zoning
Keith E. Sonderling James M. Crowley Technology Transactions
Mario Garcia-Serra Gaida Zirkelbach

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be eligible for Rising Stars, a lawyer must be nominated by another attorney and be 40 years old or younger, or practicing for 10 or fewer years.


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 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 160 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


Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Communications

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