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Fort Pierce, Florida – Michael D. Minton, past President of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., doing business on the Treasure Coast as Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer since 1987, will begin his term as Chair of The Florida Bar Tax Section on July 1, 2018. The Tax Section is the state’s largest organization of tax lawyers with more than 2,000 members.
Minton’s first order of business will be leading the Tax Section at its 67th Organizational Meeting on July 4 – 7, 2018 in Amelia Island. He will serve a one-year term, to be succeeded by Janette Marie McCurley of the St. Petersburg office of B Gray Gibbs, PA, who was chosen to serve as Chair-Elect.
The 2018 Fall Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. in September when the Tax Section travels to the source of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Tax Section leaders will meet with U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen and fellow tax attorneys working for the IRS, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, and U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, to name a few.
Minton has more than 36 years of experience as a tax and estate planning lawyer in Florida with an emphasis on generationally-owned agricultural businesses. He assists clients with their organizational structure, federal income, estate and gift tax planning and business succession planning. He has 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.
Minton previously served in several leadership positions within The Florida Bar Tax Section, including as its resident historian for the past 30 years, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Director of Section Administration, and Chair of the Specialty Tax Areas Committee (formerly known as the Agricultural Tax Law Committee). He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, a Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation, and serves on the Boards of Directors of both the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Tax Watch.
Minton has been recognized as an outstanding tax lawyer in The Best Lawyers in America® every year for the past 11 years and in Chambers USA for the past 12 years. He has been ranked among the top tax attorneys in Florida Super Lawyers since 2007, and named to the prestigious list of Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine for eight years. Minton received the Special Merit Award from The Florida Bar Tax Section in 2009.
“There has never been a more dynamic time to be a tax attorney and I am honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as Chair of the most distinguished group of tax lawyers in Florida during these turbulent times. The Tax Section just adopted a new Long Range Plan which helps us focus our attention toward serving the ever-changing needs of our membership, and I look forward to implementing the Plan to lead the growth and development of the organization,” Minton said.
The purpose of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar is to further the tax knowledge and practice of interested members in federal and state tax law; develop standards for ethical and competent practice of tax law by lawyers; develop and maintain proper professional relationships between tax lawyers, non-lawyer groups and lawyer groups; and, improve the operation of federal and state tax laws, rules and regulations, to accomplish legitimate legislative objectives and improve the administration of tax law. To learn more, please visit the website at Florida Bar Tax Section.
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