Ron (whose practice primarily centers upon professionals, entrepreneurs, and high income and net worth individuals) has consistently earned from his peers and judges an AV® Martindale-Hubbell® rating (which is the highest possible rating for attorneys). Since 2006 Ron has been recognized by Best Lawyers® and since 2009 by Super Lawyers.® Ron has served as a member of the Board of Directors, as the Treasurer, and as the President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, where he also served as the editor of the Lawyer magazine. Ron received his LLM degree in taxation (graduating first in his class) and his Juris Doctor law degree (graduating cum laude) from the University of Florida where he was a member of the prestigious top 10% of his class Order of the Coif honorary society. Ron also published for the University of Florida Law Review and other periodicals and was the recipient of six American Jurisprudence book awards bestowed by law school professors upon the student with the highest class grade. Ron’s practice focuses on complex collaborative and hotly-contested family law dissolution, child custodial and parental responsibility, modification, enforcement, and contempt litigation matters and appeals. Ron has represented founding and other owners (or their spouses) of an Anheuser-Busch/Budweiser beer distributorship, the New York Yankees, and national and international companies (including Publix Supermarkets and Outback Steakhouse). He has also represented numerous prominent doctors, lawyers, judges, Major League Baseball players (one of whom is in the legendary 40-40 club, which in the history of major league baseball, has only four members), National Basketball Association players, other business entrepreneurs and professionals, and those individuals in need of high quality professional family law services.
Honors & Publications: Phi Kappa Phi; Master, Family Law Inn of Court, Tampa Bay. Listed: Best Lawyers in America (1987-Tax, Employee Benefits); Best Lawyers in America (2006-2018 Family Law). Florida Super Lawyers (Family Law); Co-Author: “Estate Planning for Closely-Held Stock Transactions and S Corporations,” BNA Tax Management Portfolio 242-3rd, 1985; “Below-Market Interest Loans to Employees, Shareholders and Independent Contractors,” 59 The Florida Bar Journal 63, 1985. Author: “Treatment of Taxable Loans to Participants After TEFRA: What the Problem Areas Are,” 58 The Journal of Taxation 282, 1983; “How Participant Loans From Qualified Plans Should Be Structured to Avoid Taxability,” 58 The Journal of Taxation 194, 1983. Co-Author: “The Use of a Revocable Trust to Defeat the Elective Share,” 57 The Florida Bar Journal 110, 1983; “A New Definition of Non-residency: The ABA Proposal,” 60 Taxes 779, 1982; “The New ABA Proposal For Defining A Non-resident Alien For Federal Income Tax Purposes,” 56 The Florida Bar Journal 732, 1982. Author: “Participant Loans From Employee Benefit Plans,” 60 Taxes 282, 1982; “Loans From Pension and Profit-Sharing Plans to Plan Participants,” 56 The Florida Bar Journal, 1982. Co-Author: “Disposition of Interests in Closely Held Corporations,” BNA Tax Management Portfolio 242-2nd, 1978; “Buy-Sell Agreements Revisited,” The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal March-April, 1978. Author: “Model Thrift Plan and Trust Agreement,” West Publishing Co. Modern Legal Forms, 1977 Cumulative Pocket Part; “Income Tax Planning For the Corporate Executive: A Case Against Deferral,” 29 University of Florida Law Review 182, 1976. Instructor, Federal Tax Research, University of Florida Law School, 1974-1975.
Universities Attended: University of South Florida, B.A., 1971; Law School Attended: University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1974; University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation, 1975.
Bar Affiliations: Year of first admission to the Florida Bar: 1974; Admission: 1976, U.S. Tax Court; 1974; Florida Memberships: Hillsborough County (Treasurer, 1983-1985; Director, 1985-1989; Chairman of Executive Committee, 1987-1990; Editor of The Bulletin, 1988-1989; President, 1990-1991; Recipient, 1984 James M. “Red” McEwen Memorial Award) and American (Member, House of Delegates, 1992-1994) Bar Associations; The Florida Bar.
Miscellaneous: Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council; Master, Family Law Inn of Court of Tampa Bay; and, Certifications: (Former Board Certified Tax Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education).