WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (May 7, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Mike Freed has been recognized as the 2018 Lawyer of the Year by the Jacksonville Daily Record, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Photo courtesy of Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Bar Association executive director and publisher emeritus of the Jacksonville Daily Record, Jim Bailey, presented Freed with the award at JBA’s annual Law Day luncheon on Wednesday May 2. Bailey stated that Freed “was selected not for his substantial career accomplishments, but for his dedication to helping people who can’t help themselves.”

Freed is a strong supporter of the Jacksonville community through the dedication of his time to the Jacksonville County Day School, the Nonprofit center of Northeast Florida, the Clara White Mission, Jacksonville University, Leadership Jacksonville, and Leadership Florida. In 2017, he launched Freed to Run where he ran six marathons in six days to benefit Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. The inaugural event raised nearly $70,000, which was $30,000 more than the original goal of the project. Freed to Run is now in its second year and is scheduled to take place in December 2018.

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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, Orlando, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Tampa, The Florida Keys, Vero Beach, Winter Park, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With more than 180 attorneys and 200 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

Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications

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