WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 14, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, today announced that litigation attorney Mike Freed has been honored by the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division with the Michael K. Reese Quality of Life award.

Gunster attorney Mike FreedThe award recognizes the person and/or entity that, through humanitarian respect, advances balance and fulfillment in lawyers’ lives by redefining current work habits and schedules to provide more flexibility and a more  meaningful existence. For purposes of the award, quality of life is defined as finding equilibrium between work, family and community involvement to maximize good health and minimize stress in one’s career.

The Florida Bar stated they “Found [Freed’s] focus on physical fitness and mental health in North Florida, including his work running to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, to be exceptional.”

In 2017, Freed launched “Freed to Run” where he ran six marathons in six days to benefit Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – a non-profit dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to those who could not otherwise afford it.  The inaugural event raised nearly $70,000, which was $30,000 more than the original goal of the project. Freed to Run is now in its second year and is scheduled to take place in December 2018 – this time as a relay-style event.

“The practice of law is amazingly rewarding but can also be a drain if one doesn’t focus on the full variety of components that make for a healthy life – I am honored to be seen as an attorney who makes an effort to find that balance,” stated Freed. “[Freed to Run] is a captivating initiative that I’m pleased to see is inspiring others.”

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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 nearly 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

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