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Lee D. Gunn IV

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"The rights of those seeking to hold insurance companies and those causing injuries accountable are under constant attack. We are committed to the protection and prosecution of these rights."

 

 

Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Lee Gunn focuses his practice of law upon the prosecution of cases involving substantial losses in the State of Florida. These cases frequently involve wrongful death and serious injuries to patients victimized by medical malpractice, defective products, and construction accidents. He also prosecutes direct and bad faith insurance claim dispute actions against insurance companies. Often these cases involve hurricane and other property owner claims where an insurer refuses to pay fully, fairly and promptly.

Before representing plaintiffs, Lee defended insurance companies, hospitals, product manufacturers and other large corporations from 1983 until 2000.

Lee Gunn is Board Certified in Civil Trial by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocates, AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named among Leading American Attorneys by his peers, to Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite and named in Florida SuperLawyers Magazine since its first Florida attorneys rating.

EDUCATION

  • University of Florida (B.S., 1980; J.D., 1982)
    • Activities: University of Florida Hall of Fame, First Place, Best Brief, Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Tournament, 1982
    • Director, Moot Court
    • University of Florida Justice Campbell Thornal National Moot Court Board.
    • National Member of The Order of Barristers
    • Florida Blue Key
    • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1983
    • St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford, England

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1990
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1995
  • Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, 2000

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • “av” Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida’s Leading Lawyers
  • Florida Superlawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Crystal Eagle Recipient, Senior Fellow
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trail Lawyers

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Florida Bar, 1983
  • Florida and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1983, Northern and Southern Districts 2001; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals 1983
  • Florida Justice Association (Eagle Founder Member)
  • American Association for Justice (Bad Faith Committee)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Tort and Insurance Section)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court
  • Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

  • Life Care Planning: A Defense Perspective, NARPPS Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 and 3, April, 1994, Second Ed. 2004
  • Meeting the Challenges, Inside Life Care Planning, Vol. 1, No. 2, Sept.-Oct. 1995
  • Florida's Adoption of the Market Share Products Liability Theory-Drugs and Beyond, Florida Bar Journal, March, 1991
  • Recent Developments in Florida's Access to Court, Florida Bar Journal, November 1983
  • Debra P. v. Turlington: Due Process Enters the Classroom, But How Far? 11 J.L. & Educ. 573, Oct. 1982

PRESENTED PAPERS

  • Florida Insurance Fraud - Windstorm Conference, 2014
  • The Civil Remedy Notice - A Cure For What Ails You, Florida Justice Association Masters of Justice, Bad Faith Seminar, Chair and Moderator, 2013
  • Daubert Enters Florida Courtrooms, Florida Justice Association, Annual Convention,2013
  • Florida Property Insurance Case Law Update, Windstorm Conference, 2013
  • Perfecting Bad Faith, Romano Law Group, 2012
  • Florida Property Insurance Case Law Update, Windstorm Conference 2012
  • The Good In Bad Faith, Bad Faith Boot Camp Seminar, Cole, Scoot & Kissane, P.A., 2011
  • Setting the Sails to Protect Health Care Providers Despite the Safe Harbor, Florida Justice Association Master of Justice Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2011
  • Co-Chair and Moderator, Fall Insurance Law Seminar, Florida Justice Association, 2010
  • Discovery in the First Party Bad Faith Case, Florida Justice Association, Workhorse Conference, 2010
  • Dealing with the Upside Down Policyholder, Florida Association of public Insurance Adjusters Conference 2009
  • Perfecting the Bad Faith Case, Florida Justice Association Annual Convention 2009
  • Florida Property Insurance Law Update Wind and Related Cases, Windstorm Conference, 2009
  • Jury Selection, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Division State Court Trial Seminar, 2008
  • Florida Property Insurance Law Update Wind and Related Cases, Windstorm Conference, 2008
  • Raising the Bar: Getting Insurance Reserves Set to Your Value, Florida Justice Association Fall Convention 2008
  • Panelist, Insurance Bad Faith Update, FJA Annual Convention, Florida Justice Association, May 2008
  • Jury Selection, HCBA YLD State Court Seminar, June 2008
  • Insurance Carrier Breach of Fiduciary Duties – More Than Just a Failure to Meet the Conditions of a Demand, Florida Justice Association, 2007 Workhorse Seminar, February 2007
  • Update on Insurance Issues in Florida – Claim Practices Litigation – An Overview of Insurance Carrier Fiduciary Obligations, Lorman Seminars, January 2007
  • Insurance Bad Faith: Do You Know It When You See It? The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2006 Annual Convention, June 2006
  • How to Be Picked, But Not Picked Apart, Advanced Marketing Clinic for Expert Consultants, March 2006
  • Finding and Obtaining Insurance Coverage in Big-Rig Trucking Cases, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2006 Workhorse Seminar, February, 2006
  • Raiders of the Lost Data: Electronic Data Discovery, Windstorm Conference, Orlando, Florida, February, 2006
  • Trial Skills Excellence in Advocacy Workshop, Young Lawyer’s Division, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Stetson University College of Law, Tampa, Florida, January 2006
  • Law and Technology: Electronic Discovery, The American Association of Nurse Attorneys Twenty Third Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, October, 2004
  • Civil Trial Update – Insurance, Personal Injury & Malpractice, Florida Bar Convention, July, 2004
  • Mock Trial Presentation, Windstorm Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2004
  • Mock Trial Presentation, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2004
  • A Former Defense Lawyer’s Ten Tips for a Better Settlement, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar During Jazz Fest: Discovery, Depositions, Trial Strategies and Settlement, May, 2003
  • Bad Faith, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters - Windstorm Conference 2003
  • The Ethical Preservation of Policyholder Rights in the Wake of Talat, Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, Annual Convention, 2001
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law, Florida Windstorm Conference, 2001
  • Procedural Aspects of Coverage Disputes Including Bad Faith Issues, Florida Bad Faith Insurance Seminar, PESI seminars, 1998
  • Insurance Law: Including Issues of Bad Faith, Lorman Education Services, July, 1996
  • Life Care Planning: A Defense Perspective, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, National Convention, May, 1995
  • Joint Tortfeasor Liability, How to Use Messmer, FDLA Trial Lawyers Summit II, 1992
  • Demonstrative Evidence in the Courtroom/Techniques in Presentation and the Predicates for Admissibility, AVI seminar, 1992
  • The Briar Patch: Thorny Issues in Florida Civil Litigation, PESI seminars, 1991
  • Florida Proof of Personal Injury Damages, PESI seminars, 1990

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club
  • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center 300 Club
  • Tampa Club
  • Tampa Yacht and Country Club