WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (June 19, 2018) – Gunster, one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that litigation attorney Michael Freed was named the recipient of the “But For” Leadership Florida Award at the 2018 Leadership Florida Annual Meeting.

Gunster attorney Mike FreedThe purpose of the award is to recognize a member who has taken what they learned through their experience with Leadership Florida and implemented it back into the Florida community.

As a result of his experience with Leadership Florida, Freed was inspired to run six marathons in six days to raise awareness and funds for the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. His motivation to eliminate the justice gap through  Freed To Run raised almost $70,000 in 2017 has inspired him to do it again as a relay-style run in December 2018.

“The justice gap in our state is an issue that has long disheartened me,” ​said ​Freed. “The leadership skills and integral connections I’ve gained through my experience at Leadership Florida are what influenced me to turn my insight into action, and it’s an honor to have been recognized by the organization that inspired it all.”

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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 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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