WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 2, 2020) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce Julie Fess has joined the firm as a government affairs consultant in both its Orlando and Tallahassee offices.

Fess joins Gunster bringing more than two decades of experience in Florida’s political, regulatory and legislative process. She began her career in Central Florida while working in the Florida House of Representatives. Following, she was involved in shepherding numerous high profile policies and funding initiatives to the Governor’s desk and served as the Chief Legislative Assistant for the Speaker of Florida. More recently, she owned and operated Fess Consulting for many years. Fess has cultivated relationships with House members, Senators and committee staff by offering a personalized and collegial approach to service.

“Julie’s skills in devising messaging and lobbying strategies to generate favorable outcomes will serve as an added value to our practice,” said Lila Jaber, regional managing shareholder and head of the firm’s government affairs practice. “Her dedication to clients paired with her knowledge of legislative staff and legislators complements our firm’s relationships.”

Gunster’s government affairs law and lobbying practice represents commercial and individual interests across a cross-section of industries, including energy, health care and education, among many others.

Fess joins a robust legislative team along with lobbyist Kevin Cleary, who recently joined the group. As a native of Florida’s capital city, Cleary is skilled in navigating the inner workings of state and local government. He has more than a decade of legislative, executive and political experience.

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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 260 attorneys and consultants, and over 270 committed professional 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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