WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (October 13, 2014) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that Simon Ferro, a shareholder in its Miami office, has been inducted into the Miami Dade College 2014 Hall of Fame.

Simon Ferro has more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of zoning, land use and governmental relations. He is a former U.S. ambassador to Panama and maintains strong ties in Latin America.

Each year, MDC selects accomplished alumni who have made a significant impact in the community and Miami Dade County for the honor.

Miami Dade College's 2014 Hall of Fame

Miami Dade College 2014 Hall of Fame inductees on April 22, 2014 (Simon Ferro is in the second row, the second person from the left). Photo courtesy of the Miami Dade College Foundation. Read the profiles of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

This year’s 28 inductees join the ranks of MDC Hall of Famers including actor Andy Garcia, music industry mogul Emilio Estefan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, former Dolphins receiver Nat Moore, Carnival Chairman & CEO Micky Arison and U.S. congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, among others.

Ferro was the U.S. ambassador to Panama from 1999-2001. He was appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to lead the country’s diplomatic mission in Panama during the historic handover of the Panama Canal and numerous military installations to Panamanian control. Prior to that appointment, he served on the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 1994-99.

Video: Watch the Simon Ferro Hall of Fame interview about his work, his time at MDC, what he is most proud of, and what inspires him.

At Gunster, Ferro represents residential, commercial and industrial developers at all levels of the legal and administrative process necessary for successful real estate development, including the filing of the master plan, development of regional impact, and zoning applications.  He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, and achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ferro received his B.A. in political science from the University of Miami in 1975, and his J.D. from the University of Florida in 1978.


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


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