Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, announced that Jon M. Philipson has joined the firm’s business litigation practice as a shareholder in its Tampa office.

Jon Philipson is an accomplished litigator and counselor specializing in complex business disputes for both national and regional business entities. He advises and guides clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts, covering areas such as contract disputes, business negotiations, employment disputes, antitrust matters, shareholder derivative actions, defamation claims and First Amendment issues. Philipson frequently acts as local counsel for businesses pursuing actions in Florida and federal courts and is certified as a circuit civil mediator by the Florida Supreme Court, as well as a court-approved arbitrator for Florida’s 6th, 12th and 13th Judicial Circuits. In addition to dispute resolution, he handles agreements, corporate documents and provides counsel on business transactions, antitrust concerns and potential litigation, serving as an outside general counsel to businesses and individuals.

Prior to Gunster, Philipson was involved in public service at both the national and state level, which included working as an aide to Congressman Jim Davis, serving as a press intern for U.S. Senator Patty Murray, and drafting state legislation in Florida. He also externed and clerked for Chief Judge Anne Conway, of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, working closely with the judge on items such as drafting of opinions and memoranda, researching a wide range of legal topics and preparing jury instructions.

“Jon’s standout expertise in complex business litigation, coupled with his top-tier legal education, diverse public service roles, and remarkable mediation skills, positions him as a pivotal asset for our clients,” said Bill Perry, CEO and managing shareholder of Gunster. “His multifaceted background reinforces our commitment to elevate our business litigation practice in Tampa and across Florida.”

Philipson’s dynamic role at Gunster is complemented by his impressive academic track record, which includes graduating first in his law school class, serving as the editor-in-chief of the Florida Law Review and being a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

Philipson earned his B.A. from Washington & Lee University summa cum laude and his J.D. from the University of Florida summa cum laude.

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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, 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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