Gunster is pleased to announce that Freed to Run, the charity multi-marathon founded by attorney Mike Freed in 2016, has been transformed into a 24-hour run challenge that will benefit Shelter for Elders, helping protect and enhance civil legal aid services for indigent seniors. The challenge will take place November 17-18, 2023, over a half-mile track around the Duval County Justice Complex. 

Since its inception, Freed to Run has raised $2.25 million to fully fund the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s (JALA’s) Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership (NFMLP), which is part of a nationwide network of projects in which professionals from the medical and legal communities combine resources to produce positive outcomes for low-income and vulnerable patients. This year’s challenge will support seniors particularly as it relates to housing issues – reverse mortgage foreclosure, door-to-door scams and other civil legal issues that directly impact the ability to age in place throughout Northeast Florida.

Freed, who earlier this year was recognized during the JALA’s 21st Equal Justice Awards for promoting the cause of equal justice for low-income residents of Northeast Florida, remarked “With Freed to Run, we created permanent legal aid funding to serve Northeast Florida children whose health issues are further complicated by their civil legal needs. Now we are going to do the same for our elders who are faced with housing insecurity in their golden years.”

Gunster attorney Michael Freed

Mike Freed, who founded Freed to Run, is a business litigation shareholder in Gunster’s Jacksonville office. Freed holds a vast experience in the courtroom and arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution. He is board certified in business litigation with a practice spanning a wide range of disciplines and industries, including corporate governance, education, health care, hospitality, labor and employment, construction, logistics, transportation and receiverships.


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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