Eric Lundt, left, and Robert Weill, right, of GrayRobinson.
Eric Lundt, left, and Robert Weill, right, of GrayRobinson. (Courtesy photos)

Two longtime Sedgwick lawyers have joined GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale, saying they were motivated to make the move primarily because they had tired of the Miami commute they inherited when Sedgwick closed its Fort Lauderdale office last summer.

Robert Weill said he and colleague Eric Lundt reached out to a headhunter when they decided that the time the commute took out of their day was altering their standard of living.

“We live very close to each other, which is near our old Fort Lauderdale office—almost walking distance,” said Lundt, who joins GrayRobinson as a shareholder. “It was a lifestyle decision for both of us.”

Lundt said GrayRobinson’s much larger Florida presence would also be a boon to his litigation practice because his work has been concentrated in Florida for the last several years. Greater practice diversity within Florida at GrayRobinson means more opportunities to be involved in different practice areas, and that will help expand his litigation and trial work, Lundt said.

Lundt, who has been practicing for 27 years, worked at small firms for several years before joining Gordon Hargrove & James in 1996. That firm became Sedgwick in 2008. His current practice focuses on high-exposure cases and management of mass tort dockets, with particular experience in matters involving toxic torts, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and product liability. Lundt said he has done pharmaceutical, asbestos and tobacco litigation most of his career.

Weill, who joins GrayRobinson as of counsel, started at Sedgwick seven years ago, but has practiced in Florida since 1994 when he served as a staff attorney to Florida Supreme Court justice Harry Lee Anstead. Weill’s practice focuses on civil appeals before federal and state courts, and he provides appellate and litigation support to fellow trial attorneys.

That work had previously been done in Fort Lauderdale by Jeffrey Kuntz, who left GrayRobinson in November of last year after being appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

“So there was sort of a need for someone in Fort Lauderdale to do that kind of work and I’m hoping I’ll fill that role,” Weill said.

Ultimately, however, it was the commute that led Weill and Lundt to leave Sedgwick for GrayRobinson, the two attorneys said.

“They were more geographically desirable,” Weill said. “That was the driving force.”