David E. Gurley

David E. Gurley


601 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Direct: 941-586-1266
Fax: 941.365.2916

David E. Gurley is a Florida Bar Board Certified construction lawyer. He is one of only a small percentage of lawyers statewide to earn this distinction. Mr. Gurley provides counsel in the avoidance and resolution of disputes and claims arising from the design and construction of improvements on private and public land. His construction law practice includes representation for the preparation and negotiation of construction and design contracts;

resolution of project administration issues; review and preparation of construction and design defect claims; prosecution and defense of construction scheduling and delay claims; resolution of insurance coverage claims for construction defects; resolution of construction licensing issues; and the prosecution and defense of claims arising from Florida’s Construction Lien Law, state bonding statutes and the Federal Miller Act.

After receiving his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, David moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1984 where he began his practice in the areas of construction and surety law. He has counseled clients for nearly 40 years nationwide and in the Caribbean basin in the avoidance and resolution of construction, design and contract surety bond claims arising from theme park, power plant, medical facility, luxury resort, Army Corps, high rise luxury residential, transportation, and infrastructure projects.

David was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his wife Sandy are blessed with a blended family of five sons and a daughter. He is an instrument rated private pilot and enjoys sport fishing, scuba diving and international 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
  • Peer Review Chosen by Best Lawyers in America for 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


  • Construction Law
  • Surety Law
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage for Construction Claims
  • Trial Practice


  • J.D., Florida State University, 1983
  • B.S., Florida State University, 1981
  • The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education Board Certification in Construction Law 2006

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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