WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (November 4, 2014) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys were recently selected for honors by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the primary economic development organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

Heidi Davis Knapik, a shareholder with Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office, has been appointed chair of GFLA’s Leadership Council for 2014-15.

Knapik has more than 20 years’ experience addressing complex land use, zoning and development issues that arise under local, regional and state laws. She counsels landowners with entitlements and development of land, due diligence reviews, and in proceedings before hearing examiners, planning commissions and city and county decision-makers.

Robert C. White Jr., a shareholder with Gunster’s Fort Lauderdale office, was awarded the “Economic Development Leadership Award” at a ceremony on October 23, for his role on the GFLA’s Entrepreneurship Council.

White co-chairs Gunster’s technology and emerging companies practice. He regularly advises business entities, entrepreneurs and executives in matters involving business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, business and strategic planning, corporate growth strategies, business contracts, corporate finance, venture capital and angel financing, technology law, securities law and corporate governance. He frequently gives lectures and presentations on a wide variety of business and technology topics, and blogs on

The mission of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diversified economy by:

  • Promoting increased public/private sector collaboration
  • Delivering business development initiatives focused on new investment and job growth
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of Broward’s business climate
  • Driving regional initiatives


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 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


Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Communications


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