WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2017) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 40 of its attorneys have been included in the 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list, and an additional 22 were named Rising Stars – twice as many Rising Stars as last year.

“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.

Notably, Elaine Bucher’s addition to the “Top 10 lawyers in Florida” list marks the first time a Gunster attorney has made it to that particular list – and she’s the only woman on the 2017 list.

Gunster standout honorees in 2017 are:

Gunster attorney Elaine Bucher Trusts/estate planning attorney Elaine Bucher:
Top 10 lawyers in Florida
Top 50 women lawyers in Florida
Top 100 lawyers in Florida
Top 100 lawyers in South Florida
 Gunster attorney Tom Julin First Amendment lawyer Thomas R. Julin:
Top 100 lawyers in Florida
Top 100 lawyers in South Florida
 Gunster attorney William Hill Business litigator William K. Hill:
Top 100 lawyers in South Florida

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 2017 Florida Super Lawyers honorees (those with an asterisk have made the list at least 10 years):



Kenneth B. Bell


Business Litigation


William E. Adams Jr.

David R. Atkinson Jr.

Linda A. Conahan*

G. Joseph Curley Jr.*

Michael R. Freed

Jorge D. Guttman

William K. Hill*

George S. LeMieux

Edward A. Marod

Stephen C. Page*

Greg Schwinghammer

Preethi Sekharan

David M. Wells*


Eminent Domain


Amy Brigham Boulris*

John W. Little III*

Juan Matias Muniz

Employee Benefits/ERISA


James B. Davis*


Employment Litigation: Defense


Joseph G. Santoro




Terry Cole*

Simon Ferro


Estate & Trust Litigation


John P. Cole

William Hennessey

Thomas M. Karr*

Steven A. Lessne

John C. Moran

Michael D. Simon*



Estate & Probate


Debra L. Boje*

Elaine M. Bucher*

Seth R. Kaplan

Mary Karr

Lisa A. Schneider*

Stephen G. Vogelsang*


Health Care


Bruce D. Lamb*


Land Use/Zoning


Brian M. Seymour


Media & Advertising


Thomas Julin*


Mergers & Acquisitions


Gregory K. Bader

David G. Bates*

Michael V. Mitrione*

Mahesh H. Nanwani


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 2017 Rising Stars honorees:



Stephanie Quinones


Business Litigation


Michael B. Green

Aaron Jay Horowitz

Sara N. Huff

Jonathan Kaskel

Amy Levenberg

Lauren Purdy


Employment & Labor


Roger Feicht

Holly L. Griffin

Keith E. Sonderling


Estate & Probate


Elizabeth Bowers

Alyse Reiser Comiter

Joshua Goldglantz


Estate & Trust Litigation


Nicklaus J. Curley

Jamison C. Evert

Cristina Papanikos


Immigration: Business


Mariana R. Ribeiro


Land Use / Zoning


Allison E. Turnbull


Mergers & Acquisitions


Joseph P. Chase


Securities & Corporate Finance


Gustav L. Schmidt




Matthew Comiter

Daniel J. Glassman


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

In 2016, Gunster had a total of 50 Florida Super Lawyers honorees (39 + 11 Rising Stars).

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.

Creative works by lawyers

Gunster attorney and Florida Super Lawyer honoree David Bates was further recognized in the 2017 magazine, with a profile on his nature photography.

Where the wild things are is a collection of Bates’ photographs, along with his musings on the craft of photographing wildlife.

Read it now.

 Minnow hunter | by David G. Bates of Gunster

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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 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 Business Development & Corporate Communications


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