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Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, today announced the election of six new shareholders.  The additions reflect the firm’s commitment to recognizing the contributions of each attorney and engaging them on many levels to help shape the future course of the law firm, which is one of the most respected in Florida. Over the past several years, the firm has significantly expanded the number of its attorneys, diversified its practice areas to better focus on clients and added new services, despite the challenging economy.

“Each year at this time, we review our associate lawyers and invite a few good men and women to join us as shareholders,” said Bill Perry, CEO and managing partner of Gunster. “One of the most rewarding aspects of the practice of law is to mentor a young lawyer, watch them grow into a seasoned professional and become a shareholder in the firm. This year’s shareholder class has distinguished itself in many ways, from their legal accomplishments to their community involvement, in each case making Gunster a better law firm.”

The new shareholders are located in the following offices:

Fort Lauderdale

  • Helaina Bardunias joined Gunster in 2001 in the business litigation practice.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
  • David Scileppi is a member of the banking & financial services practice.  He joined Gunster in May 2002 and earned his J.D. from the University of Florida.

West Palm Beach

  • Christopher Benvenuto practices environmental & land use law.  He joined Gunster in 2002 and earned his J.D. from the University of Florida.
  • Tyrone Bongard joined Gunster in 2002 and practices real estate law.  He earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Gaida Zirkelbach is a member of the technology & entrepreneurial companies practice.  She earned her J.D. from Stetson University and joined Gunster in 2002.

Miami

  • Joshua Jacobson practices corporate law.  He earned his J.D. at Cornell Law School and joined Gunster in 2008.

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