Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that the 5th annual ‘Freed to Run‘ multi-marathon, led by Gunster Shareholder Mike Freed, kicks off on Monday, November 15. With more than $1.5 million raised since 2017, Freed to Run continues its quest to endow the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s (JALA’s) Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership (NFMLP) with $2.25 million.

Freed and Florida Bar President Mike Tanner, one of Freed’s fellow Gunster shareholders, will hit the road together Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the steps of the Florida Supreme Court for the first of six marathons ending on the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse Saturday, Nov. 20. With them will be a team from VyStar Credit Union, which is fielding a team for each marathon, an event first. Nine other teams will participate in a marathon each.

The final marathon will be Freed’s 30th in five years to support the partnership between JALA and area health-care institutions that provides civil legal aid to children who are chronically or critically ill. Each team is collecting donations that will enable JALA to permanently support civil legal aid to Northeast Florida pediatric patients and their families through the NFMLP. All funds raised are matched at 125 percent by Baptist Health up to $1.25 million.

The event also includes a 5k ending in conjunction with the final marathon. The Finish Line & Celebration will be held Saturday, November 20 from 4-5 p.m. on the lawn of the Duval County Courthouse.

Freed to Run 2021 Multi-day Marathon Schedule

  • Monday, November 15 – Florida Supreme Courthouse, Tallahassee
  • Tuesday, November 16 – Jefferson County Courthouse, Monticello
  • Wednesday, November 17 – Madison County Courthouse, Madison
  • Thursday, November 18 – Suwanee County Courthouse, Live Oak
  • Friday, November 19 – Columbia County Courthouse, Lake City
  • Saturday, November 20 – Baker County Courthouse, Macclenny
  • Saturday, November 20 – Jacksonville Farmers Market, Jacksonville
  • Saturday, November 20 – Finish at Duval County Courthouse, Jacksonville

About the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership

The NFMLP is part of a nationwide network of projects in which professionals from the medical and legal communities combine resources to produce outcomes for low-income and vulnerable patients (children and adults) that positively impact their health and ability to thrive. Through the partnership, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid serves about 200 children a year, including patients of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, UF Health Specialty Pediatric Clinics, and Community PedsCare®, a pediatric program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care.

About Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

The mission of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Inc. is to provide high-quality legal assistance to low-income and other special-need groups and to stimulate and empower groups of poor people to accomplish energetic and affirmative advocacy, all to alleviate the circumstances, incidence and causes of poverty.

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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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