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Gunster is pleased to announce that shareholders Nicole K. Atkinson, Elaine Bucher and Julia M. Holden Davis were recently recognized in the inaugural edition of Florida Trend Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law. As recognized leaders within their industry, these peer nominated Women Leaders in Law are regarded for their leadership, vision, and ability to effect growth in the professional and civic organizations they serve.

Florida Trend invited peer nominations from across the state to recommend women leaders in law who met specific methodology and criteria parameters. Nominations were vetted by Florida Trend and the most noteworthy candidates were selected based on their outstanding leadership, mentorship, vision for change and growth. 

“We are honored to present this section of Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law, published in Florida Trend’s December issue. This honor distinguishes and recognizes this select group of women for their outstanding contribution to their organization and industry. The section presents a short profile on each recognized leader, highlighting the impact they’ve made to their organization, the legal profession, and the community at large,” says Publisher David Denor.  

To view the entire Legal Elite NOTABLE – Women Leaders in Law roster, click here.

Gunster attorney Nicole Atkinson

Nicole K. Atkinson is a litigation shareholder who co-leads Gunster’s Professional Liability Defense group. She also co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Leadership Forum and serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee. Nicole represents clients in a variety of litigation and estate and trust matters. She has a broad range of experience at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts throughout the country. Her practice includes defending accountants and lawyers in professional liability cases, handling complex business litigation matters, contract disputes, real estate disputes, product liability litigation, intellectual property litigation and estate and trust litigation.

Gunster attorney Elaine Bucher

Elaine Bucher  is a shareholder in the Private Wealth Services group who serves on Gunster’s board of directors. Elaine’s practice is dedicated exclusively to sophisticated estate planning, estate and trust administration and fiduciary litigation. Elaine has extensive experience in implementing advanced wealth preservation techniques, transfer tax planning and business succession planning, as well as representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in complex and disputed estate and trust administration matters. Elaine is an active member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), having served on the Executive Committee, Board of Regents, and as Florida state chair.

Gunster attorney Julia Holden-Davis

Julia M. Holden Davis is a trial lawyer who serves on Gunster’s board of directors. She focuses her practice on the construction and transportation sectors. Having served as the chief operating officer of a large regional firm, Julia is dedicated to bringing a practical understanding of the realities facing businesses. She strives to assist her clients with the constant balance between managing risks and solving problems while pursuing opportunities and growth in today’s competitive market. Julia is the former chair of Globalaw, one of the world’s top 10 legal networks comprising 77 independent law firms with more than 3,000 lawyers practicing in 58 countries worldwide.


About Gunster 
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 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 www.gunster.com. 


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