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About Gunster

At nearly 100 years old, Gunster has been a part of Florida since it was mostly orange groves and mangroves. The firm helps mid to large business in a range of market segments navigate the particulars of Florida’s legal landscape. Nearly 200 lawyers work out of a dozen Florida offices from Jacksonville in the North all the way to the Florida Keys.

Growing with the Sunshine State

In 1925, John Kenneth Williamson—the founding attorney for the First National Bank in Palm Beach—opened his law office in West Palm Beach. The firm grew very slowly over the next five decades. It took 17 years for the firm to double in size to a two-man shop with the addition of Joseph F. Gunster in 1942. Another decade later the firm had doubled again to four lawyers with the addition of Marshall Criser, who would go on to serve at the President of the Florida Bar and the President of the University of Florida. By 1970, the firm had only ten lawyers in one office, but Gunster’s growth in the ‘70s and ‘80s mirrored that of Florida, growing from one to six offices and nearly 100 attorneys.

All Things Florida

Gunster does it all for Florida businesses: corporate deals, litigation, real estate transactions, and tax planning. The varied practice areas have led to a varied roster of clients, including banks like Bank of America and TD, resorts like The Breakers Palm Beach, and educational institutions like Nova Southeastern, and the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience. Gunster is also known as the go-to firm for private wealth management in South Florida, especially for the wealthy enclave of Palm Beach County.

Location, Location, Location

Founded during South Florida’s first real estate boom, Gunster attorneys have been connected to the Florida real estate market throughout the firm’s history. The firm has played a role in developments as varied as planned retirement communities in north Florida to the revitalization of Miami’s South Beach. Gunster represented U.S. Sugar Co. in one of the largest land deals in the state’s history when the company sold more than 26,000 acres of land in the Everglades to the South Florida Water Management District for the “River of Grass” restoration project.


777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 500 East
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6194
Phone: (561) 655-1980

Firm Stats

Total No. Attorneys 2020:
150 - 250

Employment Contact

Brad Sprayberry, Esq.
Director of Attorney Recruiting
(561) 650-0783

No. of U.S. Offices: 13

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Boca Raton, FL
Florida Keys, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Miami, FL
Orlando, FL
Palm Beach, FL
Stuart, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Vero Beach, FL
West Palm Beach, FL (HQ)
Winter Park, FL

Major Departments

Appellate Law
Banking & Financial Services
Business Litigation
Class-Action Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy
Dispute Resolution
Emerging Companies
Eminent Domain & Property Rights
Environmental & Land Use Law
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Franchise & Distribution
Government Affairs Law & Lobbying
Health Care
Hospitality & Leisure
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property Litigation
Labor & Employment Law
Private Wealth Services
Probate, Trust & Guardianship Litigation
Professional Malpractice Defense
Public Service Commission
Real Estate Law
Securities Law & Corporate Governance
Tax Law
Technology Law
White-Collar Criminal Defense