Gunster recruits eight attorneys with long-standing Tampa ties and leadership legacyWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, today announced that it is bolstering its Tampa presence with the addition of five shareholders, two associates and one of counsel attorney. Effective today, attorneys William J. Schifino, Jr., John A. Schifino, Scott Brown, Daniel P. Dietrich and Iden Sinai join the firm as shareholders, Justin Bennett, Madison E.M. Gardiner and Giovanni P. Giarratana as associates, and William J. Schifino, Sr. as of counsel.

The expansion immediately enhances Gunster’s proven track record of talent attraction and furthers the firm’s strategic plan to be a dominant player in the legal industry in Florida.

“Tampa is experiencing tremendous growth and expansion. Bill, John and Scott have strong roots and a history of leadership in Tampa and the greater community,” said Bill Perry, Gunster’s managing shareholder. “As a Florida-focused firm, we are bullish on our state. The addition of these attorneys brings increased connectivity and access for our firm and our clients to take advantage of these plentiful opportunities.”

The attorneys have a long-standing legacy in the Tampa community and beyond. William Schifino, Jr. recently served as president of The Florida Bar (from 2016-17) and sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. He has been named the Tampa office managing shareholder for Gunster. John Schifino is the president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA) and has been active within the association for more than 15 years. William J. Schifino, Sr. has a long and distinguished legal career of more than 40 years, much of which was spent running his own firm in Tampa.

“Gunster’s focus on Florida is a good match for our clients and our community. The statewide footprint provides a significant advantage to our Florida-based clients and is consistent with many of their business models,” said William J. Schifino, Jr. “We are excited to affiliate ourselves with Gunster which firmly believes in Florida’s potential and what it can bring to our clients.”

Among other practice areas, the expansion will boost Gunster’s business litigation and real property practices. The attorneys will reside in Gunster’s Tampa office at SunTrust Financial Centre.

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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 11 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 over 200 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

Jenni Garrison
Director of Business Development & Corporate Communications


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