WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2013) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce th­at 16 of its attorneys have been included on the 2013 Florida Trend list of “Legal Elite.”

In addition, a total of five Gunster attorneys have achieved distinction in the publication’s “Hall of Fame”; the two newest are David Bates and Bruce Lamb, who were admitted in 2013. Florida Trend inducted 28 new members into the “Hall of Fame” this year; each has been chosen as “Legal Elite” for all of the past 10 years.

Gunster attorneys in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame

 David G. Bates  Amy Brigham Boulris  Bruce Lamb  John W. Little III  David M. Wells

David Bates

Amy Brigham Boulris

Bruce Lamb

John Little III

David M. Wells

Two Gunster attorneys were listed as Up & Comers in 2013: Jorge Guttman and Gaida Zirkelbach.

The 16 Gunster attorneys below are recognized as Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in 2013:



Gregory K. Bader


Business Law

David G. Bates

Michael Mitrione

Robert C. White


Civil Trial

Clinton R. Losego

Commercial Litigation

Michael Cavendish

David M. Wells


Eminent Domain

Amy Brigham Boulris

Environment & Land Use

Rick Burgess

Terry Cole

John Little

Brian M. Seymour



Bruce D. Lamb



Mahesh Nanwani


Wills, Trusts & Estates

William Hennessey

Thomas M. Karr

To create its annual “Legal Elite” list, 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 resulting list is exclusive: it represents less than 2 percent of active Florida Bar members.

Now in its 10th year, Florida Trend notes some interesting changes to the lists over the years. According to the publication, in 2004 women made up 12 percent of the list; today, women represent 23 percent. Women also now make up 21 percent of the “Hall of Fame,” Florida Trend says, suggesting women’s emergence into the upper echelons of law in Florida. 


About Gunster 

Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with 11 offices around the state providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Our statewide presence and culture reflect the firm’s status as Florida’s law firm for business. Gunster 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 150 attorneys and 200 committed support staff, Gunster is ranked among the National Law Journal’s list of the 350 largest law firms. 


Jenni Garrison

Director of Corporate Communications



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