David E. Gurley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Gurley & Associates, P.A.
 | 601 South Osprey Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-4501
Fax: 941-365-2916
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Construction Litigation: Business (40%),
  • Surety (50%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 enjoys flying, sport fishing and motorcycle touring. David is an active community contributor and supporter of such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and various international human rights relief efforts. He is a founding member of the Florida Surety Association Governmental Affairs Committee.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Construction Litigation
  • 50%Surety
  • 10%Business Litigation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About David Gurley

Admitted: 1984, Florida

Professional Webpage: www.gurleyassociates.com/lawyers/david-e-gurley


  • Best Lawyers in America, Expertise in Construction Law
  • Leading Florida Construction & Surety lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized Leading Florida Construction/ Surety Lawyer by Chambers & Partners

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Construction Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida, 1984
  • Master, Judge John M. Scheb Inn of Court
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Founding Member, Florida Surety Association Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Member, Florida Surety Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Bonds, Liens and Insurance Division
  • Member, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • Member, The Florida Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Certified Instructor, Construction Law Institute

Educational Background:

  • Florida State University, B.S., 1981
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Office Location for David E. Gurley

601 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-4501

Fax: 941-365-2916

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Last Updated: 3/24/2020

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