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Linda Suzzanne Griffin

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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Trust Administration
  • Mediation
  • Tax Planning

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • LL.M. - 1984
    • Honors: Top 10%
    • Major: Tax Law
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Top 10%
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S. - 1976
    • Major: Accounting

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1983
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court

Sorority

  • Kappa Alpha Theta

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning & Administration, 2015, St. Petersburg Junior College
  • Adjunct Professor, Probate Paralegals Course, 1996, St. Petersburg Junior College
  • Adjunct Professor, Master of Taxation Program, 1991, University of South Florida

Volunteering

  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Member- Volunteer- Marine Mammal, Stranding and Dive Team
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall, Member Board of Directors, Former Secretary- Executive Committee, Planned Giving Committee - Chair, 2010-2013
  • Morton Plant Mease Foundation
  • Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club, 2017 - Present
  • Girls Club of Pinellas County 1980 – 1990
  • Calvary Church, Former Kindergarten Bible Study Teacher

Published Works

  • “The Robertson Case: A Beneficiary by Any Other Name is Still a Beneficiary,” April 2010, Florida Bar Journal, co-author
  • “Views from a Former Member of a Grievance Committee: Hot Buttons For the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Attorney,” October 2008, Florida Bar Journal
  • “A Practical Discussion on Advising the Lottery Winner,” April 1998, Florida Bar Journal
  • Florida State Lottery Tax and Estate Planning Issues, Florida Bar Journal, January 1996
  • Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988 Practical Tax Lawyer, Fall, 1988
  • “Accountings,” Chapter 12, Practice Under Florida Probate Code, Fifth Edition, Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Book, co-author
  • Tax Tips - Res Ipsa, Clearwater Bar Monthly Publications

Professional Associations

  • Florida Bar, Member Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Trust & Estate Tax Planning Committee, IRA Committee, Asset Protection Committee, Probate Law Committee, (2005 – Present)
  • Florida Bar, IRA Committee Co-Chair (2010-2013); Vice-Chair (2005-2010), Executive Council (2005 – Present)
  • Florida Bar, Tax Section Member (1990-Current)
  • Tax Certification Committee (2008-2013), Chair (2013)
  • Probate Rules Committee Vice Chair (2006-2007), Chair (2007-2008)
  • Florida Bar, Served 4 terms on 6th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and Chair of the Committee from (2005-2006) and (2012-2013)
  • Pinellas County Estate Planning Council, Vice President (1997), President (1998), Former Member Board of Directors, Former Secretary and Vice President
  • Gulf Coast Executive Women, National Association of Executive Women, Past President, (1990)
  • Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers, 1988 to 1990
  • Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Center, Leading Ladies-Parliamentarian
  • Clearwater Bar Association, Former chairperson of Federal Tax Committee, Member Real Property Probate & Trust Law Committee, Former Member Board of Directors, Former Member Young Lawyers Board of Directors
  • Probate Guardianship & Trust Law Section Member, Clearwater Bar Association

Honors

  • Fellow - American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2011-2013
  • Top 50 Woman Super Lawyers, 2011-2013

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Wills, Trusts and Estates, Florida Bar Board Certified, 1995
  • Tax, Florida Bar Board Certified, 1992
  • Certified Public Accountant – Florida 1978 (Active 1978-2015)

Past Positions

  • Sargent, Repka & Covert, Assistant Attorney, 1988 to 1989
  • Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs,Villareal & Banker, Associate Attorney, 1984 to 1988
  • Holland & Knight, Tampa, Law Clerk, 1983
  • Johnson Pope, Clearwater, Law Clerk, 1982