FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2019) –  Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, today announced that William L. Rafferty, Jr. joined the firm as a shareholder in the corporate law practice. He will split his time between the Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville offices.

Gunster attorney William L. Rafferty, Jr.Rafferty focuses his practice on a variety of both domestic and international corporate matters, including finance and business negotiations, as well as preparing and overseeing complex commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial loan transactions, venture capital and real estate.

“We are thrilled to add top talent like Bill to our team to further cement our position as the leading law firm in Florida,” said Gunster managing shareholder Bill Perry.

Rafferty stated his interest in joining Gunster was based on the opportunity to offer his clients a full-service business practice that includes Gunster’s strong in-house litigation team.

Rafferty has received considerable professional recognition, including being named AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and one of the Top Lawyers in South Florida by South Florida Legal Guide.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Florida Venture Forum and the Florida Bar. Rafferty is also active in the community as a major fundraiser for the tag! Children’s Museum in St. Augustine. He is a former trustee of both the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Zoological Society of Florida, and a past president of the Seminole Club of Miami-Dade County.

Rafferty holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his B.S. from Florida State University. Though he no longer practices, he is also a certified public accountant.

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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 12 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, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 240 attorneys and consultants, and over 240 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

Jenni Garrison
Director of Business Development & Corporate Communications


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