R. Lee McElroy, IV

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Downey | McElroy PA
R. Lee McElroy, IV
Downey | McElroy PA

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2005

Education: The University of Tennessee College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010

Downey | McElroy PA

3501 PGA Blvd.
Suite 201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Visit website


Attorney R. Lee McElroy IV is a founding partner of the Downey | McElroy law firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he focuses his practice on probate and trust litigation, estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship law, and other related areas.

Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas of South Florida, Mr. McElroy has achieved notable success providing the solid advice and customized solutions his clients deserve who seek to establish their final wishes, as well as aggressively protecting the rights and interests of his clients facing serious and complex litigation involving their estates.

Holding an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as numerous other awards and honors for his professionalism and service, Mr. McElroy has earned a reputation as one of the region's top estate planning and estate litigation attorneys. In 2017, Mr. McElroy was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

A 1998 honors graduate of Florida State University, Mr. McElroy attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001. The Tennessee Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and The Florida Bar admitted him in 2005. While pursuing his legal degree, he contributed to the college's legal publication, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, as well as to Bogert Trusts and Trustees.

Following his graduation from law school, Mr. McElroy served three years with the Judge Advocate General's Corps for the U.S. Navy, gaining invaluable experience with trial advocacy and handling estate planning services for military service members. Recognized for his contributions, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his service from 2002 to 2005 and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for serving at Guantanamo Bay in 2003.

A consummate professional, Mr. McElroy is highly active with The Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, having served on its executive council for the past seven years. He also currently serves on the organization's Probate and Procedure Committee and the Trust Law Committee and is vice chair of the Probate and Trust Litigation Committee.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate

Focus areas

Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Probate & estate administration, Trusts

  • 100% Estate & trust litigation
  • 0% Estate planning & probate

First Admitted: 2001, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: http://www.downeymcelroy.com/attorneys/lee-mcelroy/

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Trust Law Committee, Member
  • Probate and Trust Litigation Committee, Vice Chair
  • Tennessee, 2001
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Probate & Procedure Committee, Member
  • Elective Share Review Committee, Vice Chair
  • Florida Bar’s Probate Rules Committee
  • Executive Council, RPPTL Section, Member, 2011
  • Florida, 2005
  • AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Up and Comer in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Florida Super Lawyer in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation, 2015-2017
Educational Background:
  • Florida State University, History, 1998

Office location for R. Lee McElroy, IV

3501 PGA Blvd.
Suite 201
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Phone: 800-301-8757


8 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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Top 100: Miami Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022 Top 100: Florida Super Lawyers: 2021

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