I head my firm’s litigation practice, which covers all aspects of Florida inheritance disputes. I was voted the 2016 lawyer of the year in Best Lawyers for trusts and estates litigation and have been rated a "top lawyer" in my field by Super Lawyers since 2013. In addition to an active litigation practice, I also mediate trusts and estates disputes and am certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Civil Mediator (certification # 32893 R). Click here for my mediator's pledge.
My team's developed specialized experience in cross-border estate matters. Although most of our work never makes the headlines, we were lead counsel in the widely-reported burial dispute involving former Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez (in which our clients prevailed, click here), and served as lead U.S. counsel for the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation in a case we successfully litigated in the London Chancery Division, resulting in a reported opinion: Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation v Carvel  EWHC 1314 (Ch).
I've been publishing the Florida Probate & Trust Litigation Blog for over 10 year (since 2005), which was eons ago in internet years. I also co-authored the Florida probate chapter of International Succession, published by Oxford University Press, and was the sole author of the Florida chapter of ADR and Trusts: an international guide to arbitration and mediation of trust disputes, published by Spiramus Press.
I've previously served as an adjunct law professor for the LL.M. in Estate Planning program at the University of Miami School of Law, and I frequently lecture at continuing legal education seminars for professional groups on areas related to trusts and estates.
Prior to law school I volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1987 to 1993 (4th ANGLICO, West Palm Beach, Florida), including combat duty during the first Gulf War. In addition to managing not to get myself shot, after "Gulf I" I ended up with the Combat Action Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Meritorious Unit Citation.
Admitted 1996, Florida
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