Joshua T. Gehres focuses his practice on representing privately held companies, private equity and venture capital funds and institutional investors in a variety of business combination and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, various strategic investments and securities matters. He represents publicly traded and privately held companies in asset and equity transactions varying in value up to $1B in multiple industries in both buy and sell-side transactions. 


  • Buyers and sellers of businesses (public companies, portfolio companies, family offices, family-owned businesses, etc.)
  • Cross-border transactions 
  • General outside counsel advice for companies in various industries and stages of growth
  • Fund managers and sponsors in fund formation 
  • Capital raising transactions

Representative Matters

  • Represented a portfolio company in numerous HVAC acquisitions ranging from $2M to $20M.
  • Represented a private equity fund in a cross-border acquisition of a software company.
  • Lead associate on a team representing sellers of multiple industrial companies to a private equity fund for approximately $30M.
  • Lead associate on a team representing sellers of a national sushi retailer franchise for approximately $500M.
  • Lead associate on a team representing the purchaser in an acquisition of a restaurant franchise and franchisees for approximately $50M.
  • Member of a team representing a publicly traded insurance broker in numerous acquisitions ranging from $5M to $200M+.
  • Member of a team representing a publicly traded automobile dealership in an acquisition for approximately $1B.


  • While studying at Florida State University, I played wide receiver on the football team and was awarded the Golden Torch Award and Matt Schmauch Academic Award.
  • I have a green thumb and grow vegetables in my hydroponic garden. 
  • My family and I enjoy exploring and attending watch parties for Chelsea F.C., Florida State and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  •  I enjoy spending time out on the golf course or on the basketball court.


Practice Focus

Mergers & Acquisitions

Private Equity

Venture Capital



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Community & Professional

Community & Professional

Tampa Heights Civic Association, Board of Directors, 2023

Tampa Bay Businesses for the Culture and Arts, Board of Directors, 2023

Selected for HBCA Bar Leadership Institute, 2017-2018

Practice Areas


University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2016

  • Florida Law Review

Florida State University, Master of Business Administration, 2013

Florida State University, B.S., Finance, 2012


  • State of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Pennsylvania, anticipated 2024


Best Lawyers Ones to Watch, 2023 - Present

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