WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 30, 2013) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that seven first-year associates have joined the firm. Six of the seven were previous summer associates at the firm. The new hires reflect firm leaders’ continued confidence in the Florida economy and legal market.
Three of the new attorneys worked as judicial clerks before joining Gunster:
Nathan W. Hill joins Gunster’s business litigation practice in its West Palm Beach office. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee in 2011 and spent the last two years as a judicial law clerk in Orlando.
Hill most recently worked as a law clerk for Judge Gregory A. Presnell of the U.S. District Court. He also worked as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando, was an instructor of American history at UCF in 2007 and 2008, and spent nearly 10 years as a solo singer/songwriter, performing before large crowds at Disney World and other locations in the area. He has an M.A. and B.A. in history from the University of Central Florida.
Lauren V. Purdy joins Gunster’s business litigation practice in its Jacksonville office. She recently completed two separate judicial clerkships, and received her J.D. in 2011 from FSU in Tallahassee.
Purdy worked as law clerk for Chief Judge Joel F. Dubina, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama, from 2012-13. The previous year, she clerked for Judge Robert L. Hinkle of the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee. She also worked as research assistant for two different professors while in law school, covering topics that included corporate fiduciary duties, board structure and executive compensation. Purdy was an intern with the Florida House of Representatives while she was a first year law student.
Stephanie L. Sawchuk (now Stephanie Turk) joins Gunster’s business litigation practice in its Fort Lauderdale office. After obtaining her J.D. from Stetson University in 2012, she worked as a law clerk for Judge Anthony E. Porcelli of the U.S. District Court in Tampa.
Sawchuk’s one-year federal clerkship included assisting in a complex contract trial with underlying arbitration, plus research and drafting of the bench opinion, and creating a Social Security law research tool. Her scholastic honors include: champion of 11th Circuit moot court bankruptcy competition and senior associate of the Stetson Law Review. Sawchuk was a summer associate at Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office in 2011.
The remaining four new attorneys have a wide variety of work and educational experiences:
Megan E. Kelberman joins the firm’s Jacksonville office. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida in Gainesville, and joins the firm’s business litigation practice. She is in the process of becoming certified as a Florida Supreme Court County Mediator.
Kramarow was selected as one of 12 Gubernatorial Fellows statewide in his last year of law school. During that time, he served with the Florida Department of Financial Services and had sit-down discussions with state leaders including Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz and Commissioner Adam Putnam.
He was awarded the Jeb Bush Award for Outstanding Achievement as co-founder of a policy proposal to initiate “The Florida Prize,” which would incentivize innovation and bring production and research jobs to the state through a post-success award system, similar to the Ansari X Prize.
Joshua Levine joins the firm’s Miami office. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, and joins the firm’s business litigation practice. He interned for Judges Alan S. Gold and Marcia G. Cooke of the U.S. District Court in Miami in 2011, and served as a legal intern at MAKO Surgical Corp. the same year.
John Terwilleger joins the firm’s West Palm Beach office. He received his J.D. from UF in Gainesville. Terwilleger becomes a business litigation team member. His article, “Can a professional limit liability contractually under Florida law” was published in Florida Law Review in July 2013.
Gunster’s summer associate program allows a select group of law school students to gain valuable experience in a diverse, business-focused law firm. Participation can be the first step to becoming a Gunster attorney.
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 client’s 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 www.gunster.com.
- Slideshow: Gunster adds seven new attorneys (South Florida Business Journal, 10/30/13)