WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2007) — Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. has promoted six attorneys from its West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale offices to firm shareholders: Jane W. Brown, Rebecca C. Cavendish, Heidi Davis Knapik, Fabienne E. Fahnestock, Jonathan S. Gilbert and Daniel A. Thomas.

Jane W. Brown is an associate in the Palm Beach office and a member of the firm’s Private Wealth Services Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in estate planning and trusts. Currently, Brown is on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood’s Young Advocates, an organization that awarded her the 2000-2001 Young Advocate of the Year Award. She is also a member of the Norton Museum of Art’s Planned Giving Committee and previously served on the museum’s Young Friends Committee.

Rebecca C. Cavendish is a litigation attorney in the West Palm Beach office. She concentrates her practice in products liability, complex commercial litigation and employment law. She is active in numerous professional organizations including the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Defense Research Institute, where she serves on the Drug and Medical Device Committee and the Young Lawyers Publication Committee. Cavendish is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Order of the Coif.

Heidi Davis Knapik is a real estate attorney in the Ft. Lauderdale office. She concentrates her practice in land use and development, and environment law. She is involved with a number of professional organizations, including the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Association, South Florida Manufacturers Association, Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and the Broward County Bar, where is the founding chair of the Environmental Law Committee.

Fabienne E. Fahnestock is a litigation attorney in the Ft. Lauderdale office. She concentrates her practice in appellate law, real estate, complex commercial litigation and estates and trusts. Active in numerous civic and professional organizations, she is an advisory board member for Children’s Cancer Caring Center, serves on the planned giving council for the Broward County Center for the Performing Arts, and is a board member for the Jack & Jill Children’s Center. She is also involved with the Broward County Bar Association and the Broward County Women Lawyers Association.

Jonathan S. Gilbert is a real estate attorney in the West Palm Beach office and member of the firm’s Leisure and Resorts Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in real estate, resort and club development and in the representation of automobile dealerships. He was recently appointed chair of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, and is the co-chair of the Southeast Advisory Committee for the Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute. Gilbert is also a member of the Palm Beach-Flagler Rotary Club and the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.

Daniel A. Thomas is a litigation attorney in West Palm Beach office. Thomas concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation, business negotiations, mold-related litigation, construction defect and lien litigation, probate litigation and insurance and coverage litigation.  Active in a number of professional and business organizations, he is currently on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and is a member of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and the Business Federation of Palm Beach County.

About Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart

The West Palm Beach office of Gunster Yoakley is Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest full-service law firm.  The firm, established in 1925, offers a broad range of legal services to its impressive client base of businesses, institutions, local governments and prominent individuals.  Gunster Yoakley has offices in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach and West Palm Beach.  Gunster Yoakley is home to 130 attorneys and more than 200 dedicated support staff providing counsel to clients through numerous practice groups including corporate, litigation, real estate and trusts and estates.  For more information, visit, or call (800) 749-1980.


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