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18 Gunster attorneys named to "Florida Trend's Legal Elite 2020" list; Firm ranks among top 5 in Florida with most honorees

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020


Gunster, one of Florida's oldest and largest full-service business law firms, is pleased to announce that its 2020 roster of eighteen attorneys honored in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2020 makes Gunster one of the top five firms with the most honorees, according to the publication. Gunster’s honorees are made up of sixteen Legal Elite, including one Hall of Fame Inductee, and two Up & Comers.


Florida Trend’s Legal Elite listing is an exclusive annual honor that represents fewer than two percent of practicing Florida attorneys, making it one of the most exclusive peer review awards in the legal industry. To create its annual Legal Elite list, now in its 17th year, Florida Trend asks lawyers to name attorneys they hold in the highest regard or would recommend to others. Voters are also asked to name three up-and-coming attorneys. Only lawyers licensed and practicing in Florida are eligible for selection.


Florida Trend invited all actively practicing Florida lawyers to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard – lawyers with whom they have personally worked and would recommend to others. Attorneys were scored based on the number of votes they received, with more weight applied to votes from outside their own firms.


Seven of Gunster’s Legal Elite honorees continue to be recognized with an even greater distinction: inclusion in the publication’s Hall of Fame, having consistently earned high rankings from their peers since 2009. This year, we are proud to announce William J. Schifino, Jr. as a Hall of Fame Inductee.


Gunster attorneys in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame include:


David G. Bates


Amy B. Boulris


William J. Schifino, Jr.
(2020 Inductee)


Bruce D. Lamb



John W. Little III


Michael G. Tanner


David M. Wells



Here are the 9 Gunster attorneys and 7 Hall of Famers named to Florida Trend’s 2020 Legal Elite list:


Arbitration & Mediation

Kenneth B. Bell

William E. Adams, Jr.

Business Law

Eminent Domain

David G. Bates*

Amy B. Boulris*

Commercial Litigation

John W. Little III

Jorge D. Guttman


Timothy S. Danninger

William P. Dillon

John A. Schifino

Bruce D. Lamb*

William J. Schifino, Jr.*

Labor & Employment

Michael G. Tanner*

Brian M. McPhearson

David M. Wells*

Wills, Trusts & Estates

Clinton R. Losego

Elaine M. Bucher

   * Legal Elite Hall of Fame

In addition, two Gunster attorneys were listed as 2020 Up and Comers:

Lauren V. Purdy

Asghar A. Syed


About Gunster

Gunster, Florida’s law firm for business, provides full-service legal counsel to leading organizations and individuals from its 12 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, and its headquarters in West Palm Beach. With nearly 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


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Jenni Garrison
Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications