WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 2, 2019) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that Mike Freed has been named the recipient of the 2019 Fran Peacock Coker Community Service Award by the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA).

“I am honored to be considered worthy of such a prestigious recognition and am grateful to be part of a firm that encourages community service,” said Freed regarding the honor.

Freed honored with ABOTA community service award

Gunster attorney Mike Freed with ABOTA Florida Chapter president Scott Costantino

The annual award is bestowed to an individual, lawyer or non-lawyer, whose dedication to the community exemplifies the character, commitment and accomplishments of Fran Peacock Coker. Freed was honored on July 26 during the 22nd Annual FLABOTA Conference – where, for the first time in the state organization’s history, every award went to an attorney from Jacksonville.

Freed is a Florida Bar board certified litigator who is active in speaking out through various forums in support of legal aid for the indigent, and collaborating within the non-profit community. In 2017, Freed launched “Freed to Run” where he ran six marathons in six days to benefit Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – a non-profit dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to those who could not otherwise afford it.  The inaugural event raised nearly $70,000, and Freed to Run 2.0 raised over $400,000. The annual event is now in its third year and is scheduled to take place in December 2019. Proceeds from each year will go toward a planned $2.25 million endowment for the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership.

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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 12 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, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 200 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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