Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest business law firms, and Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller, a prominent Jacksonville real estate and land use law firm, announce the expansion of Gunster’s Jacksonville office by the addition of M. Lynn Pappas, John G. Metcalf, Thomas M. Jenks, Frank E. Miller, Marcia Parker Tjoflat, G. Todd Cottrill, Kathryn F. Whittington, Spencer N. Cummings, Staci M. Rewis, and Nicholas A. Dyal. This expansion strengthens Gunster’s commercial presence in Northeast Florida by adding a real estate and land use practice to its already vibrant litigation practice.
With their breadth of experience, the Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller attorneys built Northeast Florida’s premier real estate law practice. For more than 30 years, the firm has represented the region’s largest developers and has counseled them in every aspect of transforming raw land into thriving communities.
“The attorneys at Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller are well-known for their excellent work in the areas of commercial real estate and land use law, and their collective experience will be a tremendous asset to Gunster and our clients,” said Bill Perry, Gunster’s managing partner. “Gunster will now have a wider spectrum of services to offer clients throughout Northeast Florida, and this expansion furthers our firm’s goal to be the best commercial law firm in Florida.”
“We recognize our clients’ needs are evolving, and our team is committed to providing superior service to them,” said Lynn Pappas, partner with Pappas Metcalf Jenks & Miller. “We chose Gunster because we believe they are exceptionally talented attorneys who share our dedication to providing high-quality client service. This move will allow us to enhance the services we provide and help clients navigate the issues facing them in today’s competitive business climate.”
Lynn Pappas, John G. Metcalf, Thomas M. Jenks, and Frank E. Miller are shareholders who will join both the real estate and environmental and land use practices. They each have 30 years or more of experience handling complex transactions for many of the region’s largest community developers, multifamily and condominium developers, community associations, shopping center developers, mitigation banks, and many other types of market participants. Their land use work includes development of regional impact approvals, comprehensive plan amendments, zoning as well as state and federal environmental permitting.
Kathryn Whittington, a shareholder, Marcia Parker Tjoflat, of counsel, and Staci Rewis, a senior associate, will join the environmental and land use practice. Whittington and Rewis have extensive experience in zoning and land use matters, while Tjoflat adds significant experience in environmental permitting and administrative litigation.
G. Todd Cottrill and Spencer Cummings are shareholders with rich backgrounds in complex commercial real estate transactions, including construction loans, commercial leases, and purchase and sale transactions. Nicholas A. Dyal is an associate who will be joining the real estate, litigation, and construction law practices.