Eduardo Suarez-Solar, MMS, MPA, JD, SPHR has represented and advised small, medium and large organizations regardingall aspects of their labor and employment relations, as well as provided strategic business development counsel to hundreds of companies, not-for-profits, government entities and individuals over the past decades. Ed’s experience includes advising employers regarding employment law, human resource management and compliance, traditional labor law matters and executive and organizational coaching. Ed has represented clients for over 25 years in both mediations and arbitrations. He is also a Florida Supreme Court Circuit Court Mediator and a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator.
Ed continuously strives to understand his client’s challenges, frustrations, threats and opportunities. His experience spans the spectrum of the business life cycle, ranging from labor counsel pertaining to the acquisition of a near bankruptcy manufacturing facility and addressing the inherent obstacles of such an endeavor; to helping grow the business into a thriving company with more than 150 employees and $30 million in sales. He has served in such roles as interim plant director for a mid-sized business in the northeast, as well as interim vice president of human resources for a national restaurant chain with over 1500 employees.
A former union member himself, Ed knows first-hand the impact that unions can have on an organization. He has advised hundreds of clients regarding how to manage their businesses to improve employee relations and increase productivity through the design of employee motivation programs, streamlined systems and well-defined processes, policies and procedures. Ed is committed to incorporating his vast experience as a past production worker, manager and owner when advising his clients.
In addition, Ed is dedicated to coaching executives at all levels to develop their leadership and management practices, with a focus on enhancing both individual and overall organizational performance. Ed focuses on partnering with his clients’ executives to encourage self-discovery and accountability that not only achieves short-term objectives, but also establishes the foundation for sustained personal and professional development. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Ed also assists executives in foreign countries looking to expand to the U.S., or companies looking to expand from the U.S., with their business, legal and cultural transition.
Ed served as a federal attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Denver, Colorado, as well as worked with the Bibb City District Attorney in Macon, Georgia. He is a member of the State Bar of Florida and Hillsborough County Bar Association, as well as admitted to practice before the U.S. District for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
An invited speaker at national, state and local events, Ed has authored numerous articles pertaining to labor law and human resource management for various publications. Before joining Gunster, Ed practiced with two nationally prominent labor and employment boutique firms before purchasing the West Coast Employers Association, known as Integrated Employer Resources.
In 1925, Florida was entirely different. There were no major league sports teams and no scenic U.S. Highway 1.
There was, however, a law firm in West Palm Beach that believed in something exceptional. As Florida’s law firm for business, Gunster set out to provide sound legal advice and then some: to work with clients as partners. To devise better strategies and minimize risk. To help companies build value.
Over 90 years later, Gunster’s nearly 400 committed attorneys and staff serve our clients by being statewide and state wise. Times may have changed, but our purpose remains right on track.
At Gunster, our approach to service can be described with a simple statement: to exceed expectations. Easy to say, yet not always easy to do. Nevertheless, we’ve built our business and our reputation striving to do so, one case at a time for nearly a century.
Clients who get to know Gunster realize one thing in a hurry: we attract and cultivate attorneys who want to go above and beyond. What’s the best way to preserve a family’s estate? Counsel them for generations. How about a conservation case? Wade our way through swamp water. A business litigation matter? We’ll swim with the sharks — and the dolphins. Gunster is ready, eager in fact, to introduce you to our tradition of individualized service.
At Gunster, Florida is more than a place of business; it’s who we are. We’re deeply invested in our state. Our clients know their law firm is woven into the fabric of the community through government, business and philanthropic pursuits. We are committed to providing leadership and outreach by offering both time and resources to important causes.
Gunster’s corporate commitment to its employees isn’t new or taken lightly. Determined to provide an optimal work environment, we promote the health and safety of our employees, enhance the quality of life in our communities and embrace green practices that protect our environment.
It’s all part of Gunster’s corporate culture. And who we are as neighbors. Simply put, Gunster is committed to Florida and our clients’ stake in it.
Gunster is persistent in earning the respect of our clients. We accomplish this by striving to be one of the most efficient law firms in Florida.
Since the beginning, we planned our strategic growth around the ability to tackle any job for our clients.
Our wide and diverse areas of practice allow us to be collaborative, representing many aspects of business law including: litigation, real estate, environmental and land use, corporate and securities, labor and employment, tax, immigration and government affairs. With offices networked across the state, we’re linked together as one practice.
We represent industries from health care to financial services, with bar admissions from Florida to California, positioning Gunster to serve no matter how complicated or nontraditional the matter. In fact, we welcome the most complex of matters. In an expanding economy, our global network affiliations take our practices well beyond the state we know so well, providing an important international reach for our clients.