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David J. Akins

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Mr. Akins is a shareholder in Dean Mead’s Orlando office. He provides representation in the area of personal wealth planning, with an emphasis on gift planning, charitable planning, estate planning, probate, and the administration of estates and trusts. A significant portion of his practice is related to planning for family-owned and closely held businesses. He represents taxpayers in gift, estate and GST tax controversies with the IRS. Mr. Akins also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in disputes involving estates and trusts.


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Fellow
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council, 2004 - Present
      • Estate & Trust Tax Planning Committee
        • Chair, Present
        • Vice-Chair, 2012-2015
      • Probate Law and Procedure Committee
      • Trust Law Committee
      • Probate and Trust Litigation Committee
    • Tax Section
  • Central Florida Estate Planning Council
    • President - 2009-2010
    • Board of Directors - 2005 - 2011
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Estate, Guardianship, and Trust Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountant
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
    • Gator Club Member of the Year - 2001
    • Central Florida Gator Club (a member organization of the University of Florida Alumni Association)
      • President - 2000-2001
      • Board of Directors - 1997-2001

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

  • First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, Florida
    • College of Elders - 1993-Present
    • Session Member - 1993-1995
    • Support Commission - 1993-1995
  • Florida Hospital Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Board
  • Orlando Regional Healthcare System Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Board Member

Education

  • Master of Laws, LL.M. in Taxation: Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1987
  • Juris Doctor: University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida 1984
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Majoring in Accounting: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia

Prior Legal Experience

  • Holland & Knight, LLP, Orlando, Florida, 1998-2005
  • Maguire, Voorhis & Wells, P.A., Orlando, Florida, 1987-1998
  • Merritt & Tenney, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985-1987

Recognition & Awards

  • Ranked among the top Florida attorneys in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth, 2017
  • Named an Outstanding Trusts and Estates Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2017 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando
  • Named an Outstanding Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, 2006-2017
  • Named an Outstanding Wills, Trusts & Estates Attorney in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014-2017
  • Named one of Orlando's Best Lawyers by Orlando Magazine, 2013-2017
  • Named an Outstanding Estate Planning Attorney in Orlando Business Journal’s Best of the Bar (Top 5%), 2005-2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Preeminent AV Rating

Speaking Engagements

  • Top 10 (or so) Mistakes We See in Estate Planning – and Tips to Avoid Them!, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, November 5, 2015
  • Revisions to Florida’s New Estate Tax Apportionment Statute, The Florida Bar - Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section’s Annual Legislative & Case Law Update Seminar, Palm Beach, FL, July 31, 2015
  • A Potpourri of Tax Planning Ideas and Strategies, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL July 22, 2015
  • Business Succession Planning for the Next Generation, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL October 30, 2014
  • Tax Consequences of Trust & Estate Settlements and Modifications, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, August 5, 2014
  • Income Tax Planning for Estates, Trusts and Beneficiaries, Winter Park Civic Center, Winter Park, FL, June 5, 2013
  • Estate Planning After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, March 13, 2013
  • LLCs Liability and Elections and Planning, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ 2012 Annual Convention, Tampa, FL, June 12 and Orlando, FL, June, 13, 2012
  • The End of the Perfect Storm of Estate Planning is Nearing (maybe!) - Planning for the Remainder of 2012, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, May 23, 2012
  • Estate Planning: 2011 Florida Legislative Update, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, June 21, 2011
  • Estate Tax Relief: Its Finally Here!, Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, FL, January 6, 2011
  • What Trustees Should Know about Florida’s New Attorneys’ Fee Statute, Orange County Bar Association, October 19, 2010
  • Asset Preservation: Protecting Your Client’s Assets in Today’s Litigious Environment, Orange County Bar Association, August 12, 2010
  • Estate Tax Apportionment, Florida Bar Probate Seminar, March 19 and 20, 2009

Publications

  • Improvements Made to Florida’s Estate Tax Apportionment Statute, authored by David J. Akins of Dean Mead, Keith B. Braun of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, and Pamela O. Price of GrayRobinson, P.A. Published in the Summer 2015 edition of ActionLine.
  • Analysis of the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Proposals of Importance to Estate Planners: Part I – Transfer Tax Proposals, article published on Dean Mead’s Trusts & Estates Blog, April 1, 2014
  • Community Property in Florida – A Primer, article published on Dean Mead’s Trusts & Estates Blog, April 6, 2012
  • What Trustees Should Know about Florida’s New Attorneys’ Fee Statute, co-authored by David J. Akins and David P. Hathaway, the Briefs, a publication of the Orange County Bar Association, October 2010