Joseph Chase is a business and corporate attorney who focuses on helping clients navigate private company mergers and acquisitions and other complex business transactions.

Joe has represented private companies, private equity firms and venture capital firms in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, debt and equity restructurings, executive compensation and incentive equity matters, as well as general corporate matters. Prior to joining Gunster in 2010, Joe was an associate with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, Illinois. Joe is a native of Deerfield Beach, Florida.

  • Represented companies and private equity investors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and restructurings, including:
  • $275 million sale of certain assets of a major consumer products company
  • $250 million sale of an industrial materials manufacturer
  • $150 million sale of a health care company
  • $110 million sale of a medical device company
  • Combination of major non-profit organizations
  • $1.2 billion sale of assets of a national retailer
  • $75 million acquisition by a national processor of recyclable materials
  • $55 million sale of a manufacturer of agricultural materials
  • $50 million sale of an importer and distributor of automotive parts
  • $48 million sale of a line of business producing beverage products
  • $35 million sale of an agricultural company
  • $23 million sale of an electronics company
  • $16 million sale of shares by a technology company
  • Multiple sales of divisions of a publishing company
  • $12 million acquisition of a chain of health care clinics
  • Multiple add-on acquisitions on behalf of a housewares company
  • Acquisition of assets of a distressed pork production company
  • Sale of a citrus packing house
  • Represented entrepreneurs and investors in connection with venture capital investments
  • Prepared, reviewed and negotiated various agreements between companies and their employees, including employment agreements with CEOs and other executives, assignments of inventions, non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation agreements and restricted stock agreements, option plans and agreements, phantom stock plans and agreements and other incentive equity documents
  • Prepared, reviewed and negotiated numerous agreements between companies and their customers and suppliers
  • Advised clients with respect to corporate governance matters
  • Advised clients with respect to sweepstakes law compliance and drafted sweepstakes rules
  • South Florida Business Journal, “40 under 40”, 2016
  • Florida Super Lawyers, “Rising Star,” 2012-16
  • Florida Trend, “Up & Comer,” 2014
  • Vanderbilt Law Review, editor-in-chief
  • “Stanley D. Rose Book Award” for best written piece in the fields of Jurisprudence or Legal History
  • “Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award” in Legal Process and Criminal Law
  • Panelist, “Exit Strategies for Middle Market and Entrepreneurial Businesses” panel, BDO 2016 Year-End Accounting Tax Update, November 2016
  • Panelist, “The Entrepreneurial Journey Series: Building and Monetizing Your Business and Personal Balance Sheet,” September 2016
  • Moderator, “2016 Palm Beach County Housing Roundtable,” June 2016
  • Panelist, “Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Palm Beach County: The Capital Environment,” Business Breakfast Series at The Phillips Point Club, October 2012
  • Panelist, “Finding Angel, Venture and Expansion Capital for Your Business,” Business Breakfast Series at The Phillips Point Club, November 2011
  • “Why Every Small Business Needs a Good Business Lawyer,” Local10.com, August 15, 2013
  • “Small Business? You Should Think Big,” THELAW.TV, August 9, 2013
  • “Small Businesses: Pay Attention to Taxes,” clickorlando.com, August 8, 2013
  • “Taco Bell Hacking Incident Reminds Companies to Carefully Draft Sweepstakes Rules,” Gunster Blog, April 24, 2012
  • “Can High End Manufacturing Save Florida’s Economy?” Boardroom Brief, March 2, 2012
  • “Recent Article is Relevant to Florida’s Economic Development Strategy,” Boardroom Brief, December 14, 2011
  • “Texting Dilemma for Reality TV,” Law Technology News, October 27, 2011
  • “Deceptive Mortgage Advertisement Targeted by the FTC,” Gunster Banking and Financial Services Alert, August 12, 2011
  • “Can Strong Protections of Private Property Rights Play a Role in Florida’s Economic Growth?” Boardroom Brief, July 28, 2011
  • Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches
    • Chairman of the board of directors
    • Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Historical Society of Palm Beach County, board of governors
  • YMCA of the Palm Beaches
    • Board of directors
    • Property Committee
  • Friends of the West Palm Beach Public Library, board of directors, 2010-14
  • Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, board of directors, 2013-16
  • Connect Florida Leadership Institute: Class V Leadership Institute Program, 2014-15
  • Leadership Palm Beach County, Class of 2013
  • Economic Forum of Palm Beach County
  • Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches

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