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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2015) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys have been selected for the Best Lawyers in America list for 2016.

In addition, nine Gunster attorneys in eight different practice areas and three different geographic regions have been named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers. This sublist is exclusive: only one lawyer in a particular practice area and geographic region is selected each year.

2016 Lawyers of the Year

David G. Bates – corporate law, West Palm BeachG. Joseph Curley – bet-the-company litigation, West Palm BeachWilliam Hennessey – trusts & estates, West Palm BeachAlan S. Lederman – tax law, Fort Lauderdale
John W. Little III – land use & zoning law, West Palm BeachStephen C. Page – intellectual property litigation, West Palm BeachM. Lynn Pappas – land use & zoning law, JacksonvilleMichael D. Simon – trusts & estates litigation, West Palm BeachDavid M. Wells – construction litigation, Jacksonville

The following attorneys are included on the 2016 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ list:

Administrative/Regulatory Law

Beth Keating

George S. LeMieux

 

Banking and Finance Law

Michael V. Mitrione

 

Bet-the-Company Litigation

G. Joseph Curley

David M. Wells

 

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Michael V. Mitrione

 

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Michael V. Mitrione

 

Commercial Litigation

Jack Aiello

David R. Atkinson Jr.

Nicole K. Atkinson

Michael Cavendish

Linda A. Conahan

Angel A. Cortinas*

G. Joseph Curley

William K. Hill

George S. LeMieux

John W. Little III

Edward A. Marod

Raymond V. Miller

Stephen C. Page

Joseph L. Raia

Joseph G. Santoro

Gregor J. Schwinghammer Jr.

Brian M. Seymour

David M. Wells

 

Construction Law

David M. Wells

 

Corporate Governance Law

Gregory K. Bader*

 

Corporate Law

David G. Bates

Thomas A. Hickey

Michael V. Mitrione

Mark J. Scheer

Robert C. White Jr.

 

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Amy Brigham Boulris

John W. Little III

Juan M. Muñiz

Brian M. Seymour

 

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

James B. Davis

 

Employment Law – Individuals

Michael R. Freed

 

Energy Law

Charles A. Guyton

Beth Keating

 

Environmental Law

Rick J. Burgess

Terry Cole

Donald R. Hall

M. Lynn Pappas

Luna E. Phillips

 

Government Relations Practice

Simon Ferro

Gregory M. Munson*

J. Larry Williams

 

Health Care Law

Bruce D. Lamb

 

Immigration Law

Sarah Lea Tobocman

 

Land Use and Zoning Law

Simon Ferro

Donald R. Hall

John W. Little III

M. Lynn Pappas

 

 

Litigation – Antitrust

David M. Wells

 

Litigation – Banking and Finance

Michael Cavendish

Linda A. Conahan

William K. Hill

David M. Wells

 

Litigation – Construction

David M. Wells

 

Litigation – Environmental

Rick J. Burgess

 

Litigation – Intellectual Property

David R. Atkinson Jr.

Stephen C. Page

 

Litigation – Labor and Employment

G. Joseph Curley

Joseph G. Santoro

 

Litigation – Land Use and Zoning

Donald R. Hall

John W. Little III

Brian M. Seymour

 

Litigation – Patent

David R. Atkinson Jr.

 

Litigation – Real Estate

David R. Atkinson Jr.

Nicole K. Atkinson

Linda A. Conahan

Stephen C. Page

David M. Wells

 

Litigation – Securities

David M. Wells

 

Litigation – Trust and Estates

Nicole K. Atkinson

Debra L. Boje

Fabienne Fahnestock

William T. Hennessey

Thomas M. Karr*

Stephen C. Page

Lisa A. Schneider

Michael D. Simon

 

Litigation and Controversy – Tax

Alan S. Lederman

Adi Rappoport

 

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

David G. Bates

 

Real Estate Law

Lewis F. Crippen

Danielle DeVito-Hurley

Donald R. Hall

Paul K. Hines

Heidi Davis Knapik*

Daniel M. Mackler

Frank E. Miller

M. Lynn Pappas

H. William Perry

Cynthia C. Russomano

James B. Soble

 

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Mahesh H. Nanwani

 

Tax Law

James B. Davis

Mary E. Karr

Alan S. Lederman

Martin R. Press

Mark J. Scheer

Stephen G. Vogelsang

 

Technology Law

David G. Bates

Robert C. White Jr.

 

Trusts and Estates

Debra L. Boje

Elaine M. Bucher

James B. Davis

Daniel A. Hanley

William T. Hennessey

Lisa A. Schneider

Stephen G. Vogelsang

 

Utilities Law

Lila A. Jaber

*new to list in 2016

Five Gunster attorneys are new to the Best Lawyers’ list in 2016:

  • Gregory K. Bader – Leader of Gunster’s banking & financial services law practice, Greg has been involved with mergers and acquisitions for numerous public and private financial institutions operating inside and outside of Florida.
  • Angel A. Cortinas – Co-leader of Gunster’s appellate practice, Angel served as an appellate judge on Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal for more than 8 years before joining Gunster in 2013.
  • Thomas M. Karr – Tom practices exclusively in the area of probate, trust and fiduciary litigation and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
  • Heidi Davis Knapik – Heidi offers deep and broad experience from over 20 years of solving complex land use, zoning and development issues that arise under local, regional and state laws.
  • Gregory M. Munson – Greg is a member of Gunster’s environmental & land use and governmental affairs & lobbying teams. Prior to joining Gunster in 2013, he served as deputy secretary for water policy and ecosystem restoration for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Best Lawyers’ annual list is compiled as a result of peer-review surveys and is published in almost 70 countries around the world. Inclusion in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers was based on millions of evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report to rank law firms in the United States for its annual Best Law Firms list, on which Gunster has consistently ranked well across many practice areas over the years. Best Law Firms’ first edition was published in 2010. 

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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 13 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, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, Winter Park, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 180 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 www.gunster.com.

Contact:
Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications
561-804-4350, jgarrison@gunster.com


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