Fort Pierce, Fla., – Michael D. Minton, a shareholder with the law firm of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 in the field of Tax Law (Copyright 2008 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Minton is president of Dean Mead. He joined the firm in 1982 and established the firm’s Fort Pierce office in 1987. He is a native of Fort Pierce, where his family is a well-known citrus grower in the region. Minton is active in the Fort Pierce community and is a member and previous chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indian River State College Foundation, Inc. In addition, he has served as the legal advisor to the Treasure Coast Agricultural Research Foundation, Inc., a member of the Governor’s Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast and a past vice chairman of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Florida College of Law.

Minton practices in the area of Federal income tax, estate, and gift tax law and family business succession planning. In addition, he has developed extensive experience and knowledge in agricultural and resource management law. He is chair of the firm’s Agribusiness Law Team and recently presented a seminar on Taxation of Carbon Credits in Agriculture. Minton earned his Master of Laws in Taxation, law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida and frequently returns to UF’s law school as a guest lecturer on business succession planning.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 32,000 leading attorneys cast almost two million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”


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