WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2014) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that its roster of 25 attorneys honored by Florida Trend in 2014 makes Gunster one of the top 5 firms with the most honorees, according to the publication. (In June, former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ken Bell joined Gunster, bringing the firm’s 2014 roster of Legal Elite honorees to 25.)

Gunster’s 25 honorees are made up of 21 Legal Elite + 4 Legal Elite Up & Comers.

Florida Trend’s Legal Elite listing is an exclusive annual honor that represents fewer than 2 percent of active Florida Bar members. Five of Gunster’s 21 Legal Elite have achieved an even greater distinction: inclusion in the publication’s Hall of Fame, having been consistently named to the Legal Elite list.

Gunster attorneys in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame


David Bates

Amy Brigham Boulris

Bruce Lamb

John Little III

David M. Wells

Here are all 21 Gunster attorneys named to Florida Trend’s 2014 Legal Elite list:

Appellate Commercial Litigation Environmental & Land Use
Kenneth B. Bell David R. Atkinson Brian M. Seymour
Linda A. Conahan
Banking & Financial Fabienne Fahnestock Health
Gregory K. Bader William K. Hill Bruce D. Lamb
Clinton R. Losego
Business Law Edward A. Marod International
David G. Bates David M. Wells Mahesh Nanwani
Kevin M. Levy
Michael Mitrione Eminent Domain Real Estate
David C. Scileppi Amy Brigham Boulris M. Lynn Pappas
Gaida Zirkelbach John W. Little III
James B. Davis

In addition, four Gunster attorneys were listed as Legal Elite Up & Comers in 2014:


Joseph P. Chase

Jorge Guttman

Aaron J. Horowitz

Keith Sonderling

To create its annual Legal Elite list, now in its 11th year, Florida Trend asks lawyers to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Voters are also asked to name three up-and-coming attorneys. Only lawyers licensed and practicing in Florida are eligible for selection.

The list of top vote-getters was further examined using membership status and histories provided by the Florida Bar. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing different practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

The resulting lists represent fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.


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 Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 160 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 350 largest law firms. More information about its practice areas, offices and insider’s view newsletters is available at


Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Communications


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