Gunster attorney Brian Seymour

Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that shareholder Brian M. Seymour was inducted as incoming chairman, effective October 1, 2023, of the Business Development Board (BDB) of Palm Beach County board of directors during the organization’s annual gala. Of note, Gunster is the only firm to have two chairmen in this role; Gunster shareholder Michael V. Mitrione formerly chaired the board as well.

Founded in 1982 by Chambers of Commerce, the Economic Council, and other business leaders, the BDB is designated by the State of Florida and Palm Beach County Commission as Palm Beach County’s official economic development organization. The BDB works to achieve economic development goals in the areas of business recruitment and expansion, job creation, workforce development, infrastructure and availability of capital.

“Palm Beach County has seen tremendous progress, much of it due to the great work of the BDB,” stated Seymour. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to work to keep our county moving forward as chair, and I look forward to making a positive impact on the BDB and our county as a whole.”

“Brian’s role as chairman of the BDB will be instrumental in facilitating key corporate relocations and expansions within Palm Beach County. Together, we aim to establish Palm Beach County as the premier global business destination,” stated Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB).

Seymour serves as co-chair of Gunster’s Real Property practice where he represents land owners and developers in matters of land use, zoning, comprehensive planning and environmental resource permitting, as well as eminent domain, land use and constitutional property rights litigation. He is invested in many local organizations, including the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Chambers of Commerce, and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Seymour also served as the vice chair of the Florida Elections Commission and is an active member of Leadership Florida.

Seymour earned his B.A. from San Francisco State University and J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.


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, Naples, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa Bayshore, Tampa Downtown, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 280 attorneys and consultants, and over 290 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


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