WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 3, 2019) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that business litigation attorney Michael Freed has been named as one of First Coast News 2019 “12 Who Care.”

Freed believes in supporting important causes that affect the community. His “12 Who Care” Community Service Award is based on Freed’s 2017 creation of Freed to Run; six marathons in six days to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA). To date, Freed to Run has raised more than $400,000 with a goal of raising $2.25 million by 2023, which includes a 125% matching gift from Baptist Health Foundation.

“Everybody has the ability to figure out what they are passionate about, and then to find ways to support that cause,” says Freed. “So that is just what I did, and I encourage others to do the same.”

First Coast News, Jacksonville’s ABC/NBC affiliate duopoly, recently reinstated the 12 Who Care Community Service Award. This award annually honors 12 people in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia who give back without asking for anything in return.

Freed is a trial lawyer with a wealth of experience in the courtroom and arbitrations, administrative proceedings and other forms of dispute resolution. He is board certified in business litigation; his practice spans a wide range of substantive legal disciplines and specialized industries. Freed also serves as counsel for a variety of companies, with regular involvement in personnel matters, labor relations, contract negotiations, insurance, risk analysis, and strategic planning.

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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 12 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, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 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 Marketing & Corporate Communications


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