A Gunster team led by attorneys William Hill, Bob White and Scott Coffey, and assisted by Stephanie Quiñones, Holly Goodman and Cole Jackson, recently represented the owner in connection with the sale of SLS Consulting LLC to SOCOTEC USA. SOCOTEC USA was represented by DLA Piper (Chicago).

Established in 2012, SLS Consulting LLC is a premier team of consultants, engineers, construction and design professionals with operations in Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and New York who provide fire protection and life safety services. This includes code consulting, accessibility, smoke control, emergency management planning, construction project management planning, construction project management, code required inspections, litigation support and other compliance solutions.

SOCOTEC USA is a leading provider of TIC (Testing, Inspection, and Certification), consulting, and advisory services with a strategic focus on buildings and infrastructure.

This transaction allows SLS Consulting LLC to expand its client reach both nationally and internationally while deepening its service offerings.

“It has been our pleasure to represent Mike Sheehan and SLS as its principal counsel over the last several years and to see SLS grow into the industry leader that it has become,” said William Hill, who led Gunster’s team. “Mike has built an amazing team, and we believe that the new partnership with SOCOTEC will allow SLS to continue its growth and provide new opportunities for its innovative practice.”

“William and the entire Gunster team were instrumental in advising SLS in the years leading up to and during the transaction with SOCOTEC,” stated Sheehan, president of SLS. “The entire Gunster team’s approach to understanding and helping me understand my goals and objectives was extraordinary and done at a very personal level in all areas of Gunster’s practice. This extra effort enabled not only this transaction to happen, but set all parties up for long term success. I am beyond appreciative and grateful of all the personal and professional efforts of William Hill, Stephanie Quiñones, Scott Coffey, Cole Jackson, Holly Goodman and Bob White and pleased that we will continue working personally and professionally together in the years to come.”

Gunster attorney William Hill

A seasoned business advocate, litigator and trial lawyer with more than three decades of experience, William Hill continuously strives to resolve complex disputes in and out of court throughout the country. William focuses on representation that reflects his perseverance and determination to resolve matters quickly, efficiently and thoroughly.

Bob White is a shareholder who leads the firm’s Technology & Emerging Companies law practice. He regularly advises business entities, entrepreneurs and executives in matters involving business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, business and strategic planning, corporate growth strategies, business contracts, corporate finance, venture capital and angel financing, technology law, securities law and corporate governance.

Bob White
Photograph of Scott Coffey

Scott M. Coffey is a business lawyer who focuses his corporate law practice on advising established and emerging companies in the energy, technology, infrastructure and health care sectors. Scott regularly counsels public and private companies and family-owned enterprises as they make critical business decisions. In his general corporate practice, Scott has served as borrowers and lenders counsel in a variety of U.S. and cross border loan transactions.

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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 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 www.gunster.com.


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