Donald J. Beuttenmuller Jr. passed away on January 12, 2021. Our firm is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our colleague and dear friend.

Don was a big part of Gunster, and Gunster was a big part of Don’s life. He originally joined the firm as a litigator in 1980, and in 2000, he took on management responsibilities for the firm. From 2002 –2008, Don served as the firm’s managing shareholder, during which his steady hand had a positive impact on the firm. After his tenure, Don stayed on as the firm’s general counsel, where he continued to provide sage advice to all of us as he approached his age of enlightenment.

In August 2020, the firm celebrated his 40th anniversary with Gunster. Don gave much of his time and life to preserve Gunster as this very special place that he cherished. He was always watchful, always on duty, and always looking out for the best interests of the firm and for each of us.

Don held Gunster in his heart.  He cared about the institution deeply because he cared about all of us deeply.  His optimism for Gunster and its people was unbridled.  His praise for Gunster lawyers, effusive.  His service and devotion to our firm, unending.  Don saw the gifts that Gunster provides to its attorneys as a bequest to all of us to do better, to be better, and to serve our clients in the best way possible. We will miss him immensely.

Don leaves behind his loving wife Marilyn, his daughter, Margie, and son, Buck, and their spouses, in addition to numerous grandchildren, whom he adored.


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