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Local attorney Mike Freed started a fundraising event last year when he pledged to run 157 miles from the Florida Supreme Court to the Duval County Courthouse, single handedly raising nearly $70,000.

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Freed to Run 2.0 is Dec. 2-7

Teams are signing on for the Dec. 2-7 Freed to Run 2.0, Gunster shareholder Michael Freed’s second series of daily marathons from the state Supreme Court in Tallahassee to the Duval County Courthouse, a distance of 157 miles. Law firm teams registered to date are from Akerman; Abel Bean Law; Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball; Marks Gray; and Shutts & Bowen.

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Leadership Florida honors ‘Freed to Run’

Gunster litigator Michael Freed was the recipient of the “But For” Leadership Florida Award at the 2018 Leadership Florida annual meeting. Through his experience with Leadership Florida, Freed was inspired to run six marathons in six days from Tallahassee to Jacksonville to raise funds for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. “Freed To Run” raised nearly $70,000 in 2017 and he’s scheduled to repeat the route in December, this time with sponsored relay teams.

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Freed honored for humanitarian work by The Florida Bar YLD

One of the items on the first day’s agenda for The Florida Bar’s annual convention at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria was to recognize a Jacksonville attorney. On Wednesday, Michael Freed, a trial lawyer at Gunster, received the Michael K. Reese Quality of Life Award from the Young Lawyers Division board of governors.

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Mike Freed Receives “but for” Award from Leadership Florida

Mike Freed has been given the “but for” Leadership Florida Award at the 2018 Leadership Florida Annual Meeting. The award was created in recognition of former president Wendy Walker’s 28 years of devotion to creating “but for” Leadership Florida experiences for the organization’s members. Its purpose is to recognize a Leadership Florida member who has used specific knowledge gained and/or relationships built through his or her Leadership Florida experiences to improve the lives of fellow Floridians.

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Daily Record Lawyer of the Year: Michael Freed

JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD The Jacksonville Bar Association recognized Michael Freed as the 2018 Daily Record Lawyer of the Year at its annual meeting and Law Day luncheon on Thursday. Freed has practiced law since 1995 and joined Gunster’s Jacksonville office in 2014, but was selected not for his substantial career accomplishments, but for his dedication to helping people who can’t help themselves.

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JALA, Baptist Health create endowment to serve pediatric patients

JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD Jacksonville Area Legal Aid has established an endowment that will provide funds to enhance civil legal aid services for children with medical issues. Started with donations collected from attorney Michael Freed’s “Freed to Run” six-day marathon from Tallahassee to Jacksonville in June, JALA plans to raise $1 million over the next five years to fund the endowment.

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Legal Aid, Baptist Health establish endowment

FLORIDA TIMES UNION Legal Aid wants to raise $1 million over the next five years for the endowment, begun with funding generated during attorney Michael Freed’s “Freed to Run” effort. As part of Baptist Health’s “Securing Tomorrow Together Campaign” that ended last year, Baptist will match Legal Aid’s $1 million with $1.25 million more to bring the endowment total to $2.25 million.

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For The Greater Good #FreedToRun For Justice

ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE Mike Freed, a Gunster shareholder and past president of the Jacksonville Bar Association ran 157.2 miles from the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee to the Duval County Courthouse. He did this over six days – six marathons in six days – starting at a different courthouse each day to raise money for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and more broadly to bring awareness to the so-called justice gap – the dearth of legal services available to indigent people.

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6 marathons + 6 days = $55,000 to aid the needy

CLAY TODAY Jogging along U.S. Highway 90 from Tallahassee to Jacksonville leaves a great deal of time to meditate, especially when you’re doing it for a cause. Whenever a logging truck would pass by 49-year-old Mike Freed while he ran alongside oncoming traffic, the vehicle’s headwind would hit him like a wave. It happened so often that, eventually, he began to run along the other side of the road.

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