Michael D. Minton

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Michael D. Minton

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Michael Minton is the past president of Dean Mead and he also serves as the firm’s Chair of the Agribusiness Industry Team. He represents family businesses with an emphasis on generationally-owned agricultural businesses. He assists with their organizational structure, federal income, estate and gift tax planning and business succession planning. He offers his clients extensive experience focusing on tax issues related to agri-business, as well as water resource issues and new innovative uses of land for value added propositions.

Mr. Minton’s clients receive the benefit of his 30+ years of experience in Florida agri-business and interaction with agencies that regulate the utilization and optimization of their assets and business opportunities. Mr. Minton is a past Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of South Florida Water Management District (1997-2001).

Currently, Mr. Minton is Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc. and Vice Chair of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Partnership, the University of Florida Foundation, Florida Tax Watch and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Solutions Committee of the Central Florida Water Initiative and has stayed involved in water related issues across the State of Florida.


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Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section - Member
  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section
    • Member, Directors Committee
    • Past Vice Chair, Long Range Planning Committee
    • Past Chair, Agricultural Tax Law Committee
    • Chair, Specialty Tax Areas Committee
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce - Member of the Board of Directors
  • University of Florida College of Law Center of Association, Inc. - Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • University of Florida Foundation - Member of the Board of Directors
  • Central Florida Partnership - Board of Directors
    • Member of the Solutions Team of CFWI
  • Florida Tax Watch - Board of Trustees
  • Martin Health Foundation - Member of the Board of Directors
  • South Florida Water Management District Governing Board
    • Past Vice Chairman, 1997 – 2001
    • Member
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI)  - Vice Chair of the Foundation
  • UCF College of Medicine, Co-Chair of the Charter Class Scholarship Fundraising Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Agricultural Law Committee - Past Chairman
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Inc. - Fellow
  • Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce - Past Board Member
  • Governor's Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast - Member and Chair, Natural Resources Commitee
  • University of Florida Law Alumni Council - Member
  • (IFAS) Food and Resource Economics Dept./Food & Agricultural Sciences - Member of the External Advisory Board
  • Treasure Coast Agricultural Research Foundation, Inc. - Past Legal Advisor
  • Governor's Growth Management Task Force - Past Member
  • Judicial Nominating Commission for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit - Past Member
  • St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce - Past President
  • Indian River State College Foundation Board, Inc. - Member, Past Chair
  • Treasure Coast University Task Force - Past Member
  • U.S.D.A. Lab Site Selection Task Force - Past Chairman
  • Fort Pierce Main Street - Past Board Member

Charitable and Pro Bono Service

Indian River State College Foundation, Inc. - Past Chair

Mr. Minton has been an integral leader for the firm in support of its partnership with the Indian River State College “President’s Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in Children” program. Dean Mead has awarded nearly 800 scholarships over the past 16 years to benefit eighth and ninth grade students who are mentored throughout high school and college. This dynamic program helps to break the cycle of poverty by giving at-risk children the opportunity to pursue education and the chance for a future of success.

 

University of Central Florida College of Medicine Endowed Scholarship

Mr. Minton is the founding member and co-chair of the UCF College of Medicine’s Scholarship Committee, a group of University officials and local professionals whose mission was to raise funds for the scholarships for all 41 students in the inaugural class. Dean Mead was the first organization in central Florida to announce that it would fully fund a four-year endowed scholarship at the College. The scholarship was named for Mr. Robert Mead, one of the founding partners at the law firm, and a significant legal advisor to central Florida’s medical community for more than 30 years.

Education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1982
  • Juris Doctorate: University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, with honors, 1981
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, with honors, 1979

Bar Admissions

Florida

Recognition & Awards

  • Awarded Special Merit Award by The Florida Bar Tax Section, 2009
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Attorney in Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, 2005 - 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Attorney in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2006-2014
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2015
  • Named one of Florida's Top Environmental Attorneys, 2007-2009, and 2012; Outstanding Tax Attorney, 2007-2009, and 2012-2014 in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Outstanding Conservationist Award, 2003
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rating

Speaking Engagements

  • Central Florida Water Initiative - A Regional Response to Avoid a Pending Crisis, 2014 Florida Water Law & Policy Conference, Hyatt Regency, Orlando, FL, February 6-7, 2014
  • Changes in Latitudes; Changes in Attitudes: Florida Agriculture is Part of the Solution! 27th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School Conference, Marco Island Marriott Resort, Marco Island, FL, July 16-19, 2013
  • After the Storm: How Have Recent Tax Changes Affected Estate Planning and Real Estate Investments? Old Historic City Hall, Fort Pierce, FL, May 16, 2013
  • Estate Planning for Land Owners Post ATRA 2012 - Clarity, But Still Not Out of the Woods! National Cattleman's Beef Association Annual Convention, Tampa, FL, February 8, 2013

Publications

  • 2 Ways Growers Can Adapt In An Improving Economy, co-authored with Laura M. Young, Grower Magazine, February, 2014
  • Temporary Tax Relief Provides Significant Planning Opportunities for Small Business Owners, co-authored with Ricahrd I. Withers and Robert J. Naberhaus III, published in Farm Credit of Central Florida, August 2011
  • Back to the Future for Estate Tax Planning, Farm Credit Leader, December, 2010
  • Legal and Tax Issues of Carbon Credit Trading, co-authored with Christine L. Weingart, AF&PA General Counsels Committee Meeting, May 2010
  • Biofuel Tax Incentives Revisited: The Stimulus Bill Stimulating Renewable Energy, published in The Florida Bar Tax Section Bulletin, August 2009
  • Biofuel Tax Incentives in Florida Agriculture: Are We Serious About Energy Independence?, published in The Florida Bar Tax Section Bulletin, December 2008
  • Year End Estate and Tax Planning for Farmers, published in the Farm Credit Leader, December 2007
  • The Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Receipt of Compensation for the Removal of Commercial Citrus Trees, published in The Florida Bar Tax Section Bulletin, September 2006