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Congratulations to the Florida Fellows Institute Class of 2017!

The Florida Fellows Institute was created by Florida Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). The Institute’s mission is to develop the profession’s future trust and estate leaders through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by outstanding subject matter experts in each field. To attend the program, students must be nominated by a Fellow of ACTEC and a member in good standing with The Florida Bar. Students are required to attend six full day sessions on topics such as: Wealth Transfer Strategies, Estate and Trust Litigation, and Fiduciary Taxation and are encouraged to participate in the social activities that include meeting many Fellows of the College.

The Institute graduated its second class on May 11, 2017.  ACTEC President Susan House provided remarks during the event, recognizing the commitment of class members to achieving excellence in the profession. The Florida Fellows Institute has 66 graduates after the first two years of the program.

“It’s so impressive to see the next generation of young attorneys advancing their professional skills in the area of trusts and estates,” stated Susan T. House, President of ACTEC. “The Florida Fellows should be commended on their initiative to create the Florida Fellows Institute.”

Graduate J. Grier Pressly, III expressed to the Chancellors and Deans, “Beyond the expertise of the speakers and quality of the material for all six sessions, the clear takeaway was the commitment of the ACTEC Fellows to the legal profession, their dedication to improving the practice of Trust and Estate law, and their genuine camaraderie.”

“I really enjoyed the program! I thought the materials were high level and will be very helpful in my career. I particularly appreciated getting to know the members of my class and the ACTEC Fellows that led the seminars,” said graduate Kelly Hellmuth, Counsel for McGuireWoods LLP.

“The Florida Fellows Institute provides an amazing program and opportunity for wills, trust and estate attorneys. The education, materials and mentoring we received was invaluable, and I am proud to be a recent graduate of the program,” commented Kit Van Pelt, J.D., Associate Attorney with Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A. “Thank you to all the ACTEC members who gave their time to support the program.”

Congratulations to all the graduates!

May 11, 2017 graduation class of 45 students: 35 from
the Class of 2017 and 10 from the Class of 2016.
Class IIJ. Allison ArchboldFergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.ASarasota
Class IIBenjamin D. BabcockGreenberg Traurig, LLPMiami
Class IIBrett C. BarnerBarner & Barner, P.A.Palm Beach Gardens
Class IIJared BaumwellGreenberg Traurig, LLPFort Lauderdale
Class IIBrandon BellewJohnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLPClearwater
Class IIJennifer M. EinersenNostro Jones, P.A.Miami
Class IIBrooke Eisensmith Bankier & Arlen Law Group, PLLCDelray Beach
Class IIDouglas ElmoreWilliams Parker Harrison Dietz & GetzenSarasota
Class IIDebbie Faulkner The Faulkner Firm, PAPalm Harbor
Class IIJesse B. Friedman Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog, P.AMiami Beach
Class IINicholas D. Gaffney Quarles & Brady LLPTampa
Class IILauren A. Galvani Baritz & Colman LLPBoca Raton
Class IIAnthony P. GuettlerGould Cooksey FennellVero Beach
Class IIFletcher Hamilton Rush The Farr Law FirmVenice
Class IISarah Hayford DeLoach, P.L.Orlando
Class IIKelly Leigh Hellmuth McGuireWoods LLPJacksonville
Class IIElizabeth Marie Hughes Greenspoon MarderMiami
Class IIWilliam E. Keenen Greenberg Traurig, LLPMiami
Class IIJoanna Lardin Duane Morris LLPMiami
Class IIAaron Millman Redgrave & Rosenthal LLPBoca Raton
Class IIJennifer Okcular Nelson & Nelson, P.A.North Miami Beach
Class IIJ. Grier PresslyPressly & Pressly, P.A.West Palm Beach
Class IIStacey A. Prince-Troutman Broad and CasselOrlando
Class IIStacy Rubel The Virgil Law FirmCoral Gables
Class IIJamie Beth Schwinghamer Hahn Loeser & Parks LLPNaples
Class IIRobert C. SegearBressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.Fort Lauderdale
Class IIJennifer D. Sharpe Hackleman, Olive & Judd, P.A.Fort Lauderdale
Class IIWilliam G. Smith Jones, Foster, Johnston, & Stubbs, P.A.West Palm Beach
Class IIMichael Sneeringer Porter Wright Morris & ArthurNaples
Class IIAaron Phillip SnellenbargerMcDermott Will & Emery LLPWashington, D.C.
Class IIAlfred J. Stashis, Jr. Dunwody White & Landon, P.A.Naples
Class IIAndrea Renee Stone Andrea Stone LawMiami
Class IIAlicia Leanne Taylor Quarles & Brady LLPNaples
Class IIKit Van Pelt Linda Suzzanne Griffin, P.A.Clearwater
Class IIShelly Wald HarrisShutts & Bowen, LLPWest Palm Beach
Class INathan Brown ProskauerBoca Raton
Class IJudy Bonevac Judy Barringer Bonevac, P.A.Fort Lauderdale
Class ICarla DeLoach DeLoach, P.L.Orlando
Class IBen Diamond Williamson Diamond & CatonSt. Petersburg
Class IPatrick Emans Holland & KnightMiami
Class IJonathan GallerProskauerBoca Raton
Class IJennifer Jones Nostro JonesMiami
Class IJenna Rubin Gutter Chaves Josepher Rubin Forman Fleisher Miller P.A.Boca Raton
Class IIsrael Sands Israel Sands Law, P.A.Miami Beach
Class IShawn SnyderSnyder & Snyder, P.A.Davie