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David E. Gurley


601 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Direct: 941.556.1480
Fax: 941.365.2916

David E. Gurley is Board Certified in construction law. He is one of only a small percentage of lawyers statewide to earn this distinction. Lawyers certified in construction law deal with matters relating to the design and construction of improvements on private and public land, including but not limited to, contract negotiation and preparation, project administration;

lobbying at governmental hearings; claim review and preparation; construction scheduling analysis and delay claims; construction insurance issues; construction licensing; and the analysis and litigation of issues

arising out of Florida’s Construction Lien Law, state bonding statutes and the Federal Miller Act.

After receiving his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, David moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he began his practice in the areas of construction and surety law. He has counseled clients for over 30 years nationwide, and in the Caribbean basin, in the avoidance and resolution of construction and contract surety bond claims arising from theme park, power plant, medical facility, luxury resort, Army Corps, high rise residential, transportation and infrastructure projects.

David was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He is married with five sons and a daughter. He is an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys sport fishing, scuba diving and motorcycle touring. David is an active community contributor and supporter of such organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Fisher House and various international human rights relief efforts. He is a founding member of the Florida Surety Association Governmental Affairs Committee.


  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized by Chambers & Partners Guide to Leading Business Lawyers and Law Firms in the World
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a leading Florida Construction & Surety lawyer, consecutive years
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, expertise in Construction Law

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association (Fidelity and Surety Law Committee; Forum Committee on the Construction Law Committee)
  • Florida Bar
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Construction Law Institute, Certified Instructor
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Surety Association
  • Master, Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court


  • Surety Law
  • Construction Law
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Condominium Law
  • Trial Practice


  • J.D., Florida State University, 1983
  • B.S., Florida State University, 1981

Board Certifications

  • Construction Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • The Florida Bar, 1984
  • The Texas Bar, 2019
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

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