WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 26, 2017) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that land use attorney Heidi Davis Knapik, a shareholder in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, received a 2017 Leadership Award for her service on the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Leadership Council. The award was presented at the GFLA annual meeting on Oct. 19.

Davis Knapik was selected for the award based on her years of service with the GFLA, her leadership role as chair and co-chair of the Leadership Council, and for spearheading the council’s economic development mission last year to Austin, Texas, which provided valuable insight into Austin’s economy, business culture, and quality of life.

2017 Leadership Award honorees at the GFLA annual meeting Oct. 19

Gunster attorney Heidi Davis Knapik (sixth in from the left) at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s 2017 Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Photo courtesy of the GFLA.


Davis Knapik, who has been actively involved on the GFLA’s Leadership Council for six years, and has served on the GFLA’s executive board, board of directors, and foundation board, was one of six leadership award honorees in 2017:

video still: Heidi Davis Knapik, 2017 leadership award honoreeWatch the 7-minute video featuring all 2017 Leadership Council honorees or view it via Facebook. (Davis Knapik appears at the 3:35-minute mark)

GFLA’s Leadership Council focuses on business climate advocacy in the region, tackling issues such as transportation, homelessness, and more.

Davis Knapik has more than 20 years of experience of legal experience on complex land use, zoning and development issues, and has acted as land use counsel on some of the most significant projects throughout Broward County.

In 2018, she will lead the South Florida chapter of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association as president. NAIOP is one of the largest commercial real estate organizations in South Florida providing advocacy, education and business networking opportunities for commercial real estate development professionals.

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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 more than 180 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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