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Michael D. Minton

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Michael Minton is Chair of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry Team and also serves as Chair of the firm’s new Solar Energy 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 35+ 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 Tax Section of The Florida Bar. He is Past Chair of the Florida Alumni Tax Advisory Committee and Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Orlando Economic Partnership, the University of Florida Foundation, Florida Tax Watch, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He’s the former Board Chairman of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. He is also a member of the Water Resource Assessment Team (WRAT) 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
    • Chair, 2018 - 2019
    • Member, Directors Committee
    • Past Chair, Long Range Planning Committee
    • Past Director, Section Administration
    • Past Chair, Agricultural Tax Law Committee
    • Chair, Specialty Tax Areas Committee
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce - Member of the Board of Directors; Past Regional Chair for Palm Beach/Treasure Coast
  • University of Florida College of Law Center of Association, Inc.
    • Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
    • Past Chair of the Florida Alumni Tax Advisory Committee (FATAC)
  • University of Florida Foundation - Member of the Board of Directors
  • Orlando Economic Partnership - Board of Directors
    • Member of the Water Resource Assessment Team (WRAT) of CFWI
  • Florida Tax Watch - Board of Trustees
  • Martin Health Systems
    • Finance Committee
    • Past Board Member
  • Martin Health Foundation - Past Board Member
  • South Florida Water Management District Governing Board
    • Past Vice Chairman
    • Member, 1997 – 2001
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc.
    • Past Chair of the Foundation
    • Board Member
  • 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 Committee
  • (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. This program has awarded 915 scholarships over the past 20 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 former 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 an 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.


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

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Recognition & Awards

  • Florida Blue Key, Honorary Inductee - 2017
  • Recipient of the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni and Friends Award of Distinction, 2017
  • Awarded the The Living Legacy Award by Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2016
  • Awarded the Pete Hegener Leadership Award by the St. Lucie County EDC, 2016
  • 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, 2014 and 2015
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Attorney in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Named an Outstanding Tax Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2018
  • Named an Outstanding Agriculture Lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Named one of Florida's Top Environmental Attorneys and Outstanding Tax Attorney, 2007-2017 in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Outstanding Conservationist Award, 2003
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, 1997
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rating

Speaking Engagements

  • Tax Policy Discussion: Opportunity Zones, Florida TaxWatch Annual Conference, Ponte Vedra, Florida, November 15, 2018
  • Sweeping Changes You Need to Know: Impact of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Estate Planning, Dean Mead Tax Symposium, Fort Pierce, Florida, February 22, 2018
  • Panel Moderator, Florida’s Current Climate is Ripe for Solar Energy, Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC), B Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL, November, 2017
  • Moderator, Agricultural Cost-Share and Payment for Environmental Services – Identifying and Seizing the Right Opportunities for Your Business, Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC), Omni Orlando Hotel, Orlando, FL, August 25, 2016
  • Tax and Succession Planning for Regions Bank Private Wealth Management, The Lighthouse Restaurant, Fanning Springs, February 24, 2016
  • Working Together to Advance a Regional Water Strategy, Central Florida Partnership Regional Leadership Forum, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, November 21, 2014
  • With Adversity Comes Opportunity, Third Annual Business & Manufacturing Conference, Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL, October 8, 2015
  • Moderator, Central Florida Water Initiative: Water for Tomorrow, Florida Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention, Omni Orlando Hotel, Orlando, FL, June 16, 2015
  • Panel Member, Securing Florida’s Water Future, Florida Chamber’s Board of Governors Capitol Days, March 4, 2015
  • Water Policy Panel Discussion, National Pest Management Association’s annual PestWorld Conference, The Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Convention Center, October 22, 2014
  • Connecting Our Shared Values with Our Shared Future, Central Florida Partnership’s Regional Leadership Forum, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, June 19, 2014
  • 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


  • Are There Bright Futures in Solar Farming, feature story in Florida Grower magazine, December 14, 2017
  • Quoted in the article entitled, Solar Energy from Abandoned Groves, published in Citrus Industry Magazine, November 2017
  • Quoted in the article entitled, Bill Nelson: GOP tax plan would burden Florida small biz, published in the Orlando Sentinel, November 21, 2017
  • Florida’s Current Climate is Ripe for Solar Tax Incentives, guest column published in The Florida Bar Tax Bulletin, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, Fall 2017
  • Preserving Your Power: 10 Tips for Negotiating a Solar Farm Lease, published in Farm Credit LEADER, Fall 2017
  • Florida’s Water Crises: Can We Afford The Solutions? (Part III), co-authored with Brad Gould and Dana Apfelbaum, published in The Florida Bar Tax Section Bulletin, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, Spring 2017
  • Water Wise, Forward Florida – a publication of the Central Florida Partnership, December 2014
  • Central Florida Water Initiative - A Regional Response to Avoid a Pending Crisis, co-authored with Laura Minton Young and John Wharton, Florida Engineering Society Journal, September 2014
  • 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

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