Videos & Webinars

Florida 2021: Reflections on new laws & policies after the first 100 days

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Gunster’s Government Affairs & Lobbying team hosted a high-level discussion on the 2021 Florida Legislative Session and an overview of the first 100 days of the President Biden Administration. Moderated by Ron Brisé, chair of Gunster’s Government Affairs & Lobbying practice, the GA consultants shared insights on the key takeaways from the Legislative Session and a peek ahead into what to expect the Governor to sign or veto. Topics included the 2021-22 budget breakdown, Insurance, Environment, Broadband expansion, Special gaming session

Gunster Chairman and former U.S. Senator George S. LeMieux shared his thoughts on the first 100 days of the Biden Administration—successes and failures—and what is still to come. The discussion wrapped up with audience Q&A.


Ronald Brisé, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant, Chair of Government Affairs practice & Former Florida State Representative Senator
George S. LeMieux, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gunster & Former United States Senator
Joanna Bonfanti, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant
Kevin Cleary, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant
Sha’Ron James, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant, Of Counsel

You can watch it here now or watch it on YouTube

Substantial Changes to Labor and Employment Laws: What Employers Should Expect Under the Biden Administration

Recorded February, 2021: As the nation transitions to a new presidential administration, employers should anticipate and plan for substantial changes to labor and employment laws. In light of the Democratic victories in the Georgia Senate runoff elections, employers are expected to encounter even more employee-friendly labor and employment law changes.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Gunster’s Labor & Employment attorneys hosted a webinar addressing the most significant changes to labor and employment laws that employers should anticipate and plan for under the Biden Administration.


  • Wage and Hour Laws Equal Employment,
  • Pay Equity and Paid Leave
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Employee and Employer Classifications
  • Employment-Related Agreements and Restrictive Covenants


Holly Griffin Goodman, Shareholder, Labor & Employment Law
J. Anthony Nelson, Associate, Labor & Employment Law

You can watch it here now or watch it on YouTube

Preparing the Workplace for Employees to Return

Recorded December 15, 2020: Dealing with an Apprehensive Workforce and Preventing COVID-19 Related Claims Employees are concerned about returning to work and want to know that you, as their employer, are looking out for their best interest. Companies are bracing for an increase in the number of employment related claims brought by employees expressing concerns or apprehension due to COVID-19.

In an effort to help companies navigate the myriad of new evolving legal issues employers are facing in the wake of the pandemic, please join the attorneys of Gunster on Tuesday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m. for a webinar which will provide practical guidance on how to deal with an apprehensive workforce as employees continue to return to the workplace.

Topics Include:

  • How to handle COVID-19 related accommodation requests from employees with legitimate disabilities versus employees with concerns or apprehension due to COVID-19
  • Best practices in responding and dealing with apprehensive employees refusing to follow a company’s return to work plan
  • Navigating workplace anti-discrimination laws and preventing COVID-19 related harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuits
  • Importance of having a response plan ready in the event an employee tests positive
  • Selecting and implementing the appropriate employee training exercises to combat the challenges and legal issues arising during the pandemic
  • Employer Best Practices (Do’s and Don’ts)

In addition to our Labor & Employment attorneys, you will hear from Gunster shareholder Joe Jacquot, former General Counsel to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. During his tenure with Governor DeSantis, Jacquot authored the executive orders and can provide unique insight into Florida’s response to COVID and forecast for vaccine distribution. He will also be able to provide perspective on the upcoming legislative session and what Floridian’s can expect as we start 2021.

Joe Jacquot, Shareholder , Business Litigation , Appellate Law
Joe Santoro, Shareholder and Chair , Labor & Employment
Anthony Nelson, Associate, Labor & Employment

You can watch it here now or watch it on YouTube

Managing Ransomware Incidents in COVID Times

Recorded November 17, 2020: Demand for ransomware payments has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as cyber actors target networks that organizations rely on to continue conducting business. Nowhere is this threat more evident than the health care sector. The economic and reputational impacts of ransomware incidents have also proven challenging for health care organizations large and small. Ransomware incidents have become more destructive and impactful and just recently, in October of 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an advisory highlighting the sanctions associated with ransomware payments. The OFAC advisory now calls into question the availability of certain ransomware response options. Securing the future from ransomware attacks will require a renewed focus on risk management, cybersecurity and legal review in both the short and long term. Your compliance requirements may not have changed but the ransomware threats have. Your cybersecurity program should be robust enough to combat new ransomware attacks, new technologies should be used to do more with less, and the right risk mitigation strategy should be in place to protect your organization from unnecessary risk.

Join the attorneys of Gunster and executives of Kaufman Rossin for an informative webinar where you will learn:

  • What is ransomware and how it works
  • Prevention techniques to secure your environment
  • Regulatory and/or contractual exposure you may face with ransomware attacks
  • How to investigate and report a ransomware to your customers, state and federal agencies

William P. Dillon, Gunster, Shareholder
Jonathan K. Osborne, Gunster, Shareholder
Henry Flefel, Kaufman Rossin, Red Team Lead, Risk Advisory Services
Jorge Rey, Kaufman Rossin, Principal

You can watch it here now or watch it on YouTube

2020 Post-Election Discussion

Recorded November 5, 2020: Join former Senator George LeMieux and Former State Representative Ronald Brisé for a roundtable post-election discussion with Gunster Government Affairs Consultants Joanna Bonfanti, Kevin Cleary, and Julie Fess. Our experienced government affairs team analyze the outcome of elections across the state, including key legislative races, and provide insight into what the results mean for the state of Florida. The discussion includes an overview of the presidential election and a closer look at voter turnout and voter demographics. The team also takes a closer look at the six state constitutional amendments on the ballot.


Ronald Brisé, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant, Chair of Government Affairs practice & Former Florida State Representative Senator

George S. LeMieux, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Gunster & Former United States Senator

Joanna Bonfanti, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant

Kevin Cleary, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant

Julie Fess, Gunster, Governmental Affairs Consultant

Legislative Update with Florida State Senators Kathleen Passidomo and Audrey Gibson

As Florida continues to weigh the impacts of COVID-19, state agencies and lawmakers are working together to determine the safest and most efficient ways to keep the state operating. Join us for a moderated discussion on education and the reopening of schools, statewide agency response to COVID-19, the newly signed state budget and what implications it has on the 2021 legislative session, and an overview of Florida’s road to recovery.


Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Majority Leader of the Florida State Senate
Senator Audrey Gibson, Minority Leader of the Florida State Senate


Ronald Brisé, Gunster Government Affairs Consultant, Chair of Government Affairs practice & Former Florida State Representative
Joanna Bonfanti, Gunster Government Affairs Consultant

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Digest Videos from George LeMieux

August 31, 2020: COVID-19 message from George LeMieux
Listen as Gunster Chairman and former US Senator, George LeMieux, talks about the latest numbers, payroll taxes and some changes in estate planning laws

May 13, 2020: COVID-19 message from George LeMieux
South Florida is about to Re-Open and important Guidance on the PPP Loan forgiveness.

April 30, 2020: COVID-19 message from George LeMieux
About Governor starting the re-open process and Gunster webinar gives you the guidance you need in tomorrow’s webinar.

April 28, 2020: COVID-19 message from George LeMieux
About Florida re-opening guidance coming tomorrow and how new cases of COVID-19 continue to decline.

Webinar Replays

Florida TaxWatch President & CEO Dominic Calabro, Gunster Chairman (and TaxWatch Chair-Elect) US Senator George LeMieux, Senator Kelli Stargel, Speaker Designate Paul Renner, and former State Rep. Ronald Brisé come together to discuss the future of the Florida state budget given all that has happened over the past six months.
August 25, 2020

June 12, 2020: Webinar: Next Steps in Florida’s Recovery: PPP Loan Forgiveness, Reopening Phases, and Federal and State Updates for your Business

Watch a replay of this Webinar, The Uptick in Litigation Due to COVID-19: How to Prepare Your Business
May 20, 2020

Watch a replay of the virtual CEO Roundtable hosted by The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida along with the law firm of Gunster and featuring Simon T. Bailey

May 22, 2020
Listen in to this timely discussion on adapting your business and retooling for success in a post- Covid-19 world. Moderated by Gunster attorney, Derek E. Bruce, Orlando Office Managing Shareholder

Watch a replay of this webinar, Wealth Planning and Estate Planning Issues Impacted by COVID-19

May 13, 2020
Join the attorneys of Gunster as we discuss how the pandemic may impact: Estate planning Charitable giving Immigration and employment issues

Lisa Schneider
Elaine Bucher
Adi Rappoport
Sarah Tobocman
Holly Griffin Goodman

Watch a replay of this webinar where we cover the legislative angle from an insider’s look at the impact of COVID-19 on the state budget, state agencies & potential legislation

May 5, 2020
Watch this moderated discussion on an overview of the 2020 Legislative Session, the state’s COVID-19 response, and a conversation around next steps, including the Governor’s recommendations to re-open the state.

Moderated by:
Ronald Brisé, Gunster Government Affairs Consultant, chair of Government Affairs practice, former Florida State Representative

The Honorable Kionne L. McGhee, Minority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives
The Honorable Dane Eagle, Majority Leader of the Florida House of Representatives

Watch our How to Protect Your business against Fraud Activity and Cybersecurity Threats COVID-19 Webinar Replay

April 24, 2020
Watch a replay of this webinar where we discuss the COVID-19 outbreak and new internal and external threats that businesses need to be able to detect and predict in order to protect every corner of their organization.

Business Assistance Webinar

April 23, 2020
Topics covered include:
Federal economic assistance programs, landlord/tenant issues and labor & employment questions.

How the CARES Act can help your business: Webinar replay

April 6, 2020
How can the CARES Act support your business in this challenging time? We discuss the options available through Federal financial relief programs and state programs for businesses.

COVID-19 Webinar Replay: What you need to know for your business

March 31, 2020
Covering the latest health facts and figures, impact to the Tampa region, tax relief and fiscal stimulus and bankruptcy issues.

COVID-19 Webinar Replay: Proactively Addressing Legal & Business Issues Replay

March 20, 2020
Join the Gunster team as they discuss key state and local legal and business issues as a result of COVID-19 and what your organization needs to know to stay ahead.

Watch our RE-OPENING FLORIDA: Guidance for businesses to protect themselves, employees & customers Webinar Replay
May 1, 2020

Watch our CARES Act: A Deep Dive for Legal Professionals Webinar Replay

April 13, 2020
Watch a replay of this webinar where we discussed how the CARES Act can support your business in this challenging time.

BDB Town Hall Call Replay – Economic Forecast of Palm Beach County

April 3, 2020
Providing updates and programs to keep you informed on the most up-to-date developments affecting our business community. 
Featuring Gunster chairman George LeMieux

COVID-19 Webinar Replay Presented by Gunster and the JAX Chamber

March 27, 2020
Covering the contours of the local shutdown orders in Jacksonville and across Florida, expected tax relief and fiscal stimulus, requirements of employers, Force Majeure and insurance issues.  

YPO Palm Beach Gold – Replay of Legal Aspects of COVID-19 with George LeMieux

March 18, 2020
This webinar hosted by YPO Palm Beach covered a multitude of subjects and dove into many of the legal and operational aspects of the Covid-19 coronavirus.  

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