WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2020) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 30% of Gunster attorneys were recognized as Florida Super Lawyers honorees.

In 2020, 41 Gunster attorneys were included in the 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list, and an additional 20 were named Rising Stars.  Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

“Best of the Best

Lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the annual selection process are further recognized in Florida Super Lawyers’ “Best of the Best” top lists.

Gunster standout honorees in 2020 are:

Estate & Probate attorney Elaine M. Bucher:

  • Top 100 lawyers in Florida
  • Top 50 women lawyers in Florida
  • Top 100 lawyers in Miami

Michael Freed

Business Litigation attorney Michael R. Freed:

  • Top 25 lawyers in Jacksonville

Business Litigation attorney Michael G. Tanner:

  • Top 100 lawyers in Florida
  • Top 25 lawyers in Jacksonville

Gunster attorney David Wells

Business Litigation attorney David M. Wells:

  • Top 25 lawyers in Jacksonville

John Schifino

Business Litigation attorney John A. Schifino:

  • Top 100 lawyers in Florida
  • Top 50 lawyers in Tampa Bay

Florida Super Lawyers

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

Here are Gunster’s 2020 Florida Super Lawyers honorees (those with an asterisk have made the list at least 10 years):

AppellateEmployee BenefitsHealth Care
Kenneth B. BellJames B. DavisWilliam P. Dillon
Bruce D. Lamb
Business LitigationEmployment Litigation Defense
William E. Adams Jr.Joseph G. SantoroLand Use/ Zoning
David R. Atkinson Jr.Brian Seymour*
Linda A. ConahanEnvironmental
Michael R. Freed*Gregory M. MunsonMedia/Advertising
Jorge D. GuttmanJohn P. ColeThomas R. Julin
William K. HillWilliam T. Henneseey III
George S. LeMieuxThomas M. KarrMergers & Acquisitions
Edward A. MarodSteven A. LessneDavid G. Bates
John B.T. Murray Jr.John C. MoranJoseph P. Chase
Traci H. Rollins*Michael D. SimonMichael V. Mitrione
John A. SchifinoMahesh H. Nanwani*
Michael G. TannerEstate & Probate
David M. WellsDebra BojeSecurities Litigation
Elaine M. BucherWilliam J. Schifino Jr.
Eminent DomainSeth R. Kaplan
John W. Little IIIMary Karr
Juan M. MuñizLouis Nostro Jr.
Lisa A. Schneider
Brian C. Sparks

Rising Stars

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 2020 Rising Stars honorees:

Business/CorporateEmployment & LaborEstate & Trust Litigation
Stephanie QuinonesRoger FeichtNicklaus J. Curley
Holly G. GoodmanJamison C. Evert
Business Litigation
Justin BennettEnvironmentalHealth Care
Michael B. GreenDeborah K. MaddenSamantha Prokop
Joshua A. Levine
Megan K. MoonEstate & ProbateProfessional Liability Defense
Jonathan K. OsborneElizabeth BowersStephen C. Richman
Lauren V. PurdyAlyse R. ComiterAmy S.L. Terwilleger
Asghar A. SyedJoshua N. Goldglantz
Tax Law
Matthew M. Comiter

The firm’s attorneys continue to maintain a strong presence among lawyers listed by organizations such as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA’s 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 more than 240 attorneys and consultants, and over 240 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 Business Development & Corporate Communications


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