Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Tax Law
With nearly 50 years of experience, William T. Coleman is Florida Bar certified as a specialist in Tax Law. His practice focuses on organizing and structuring business entities including corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships and partnerships. He represents clients in matters involving tax planning; negotiation and structuring of business transactions; structuring shareholder agreements, limited liability operating agreements and partnership agreements for maximum tax benefit; corporate and business reorganizations; negotiation of purchase and sale agreements for businesses; tax planning for businesses and entrepreneurs; preparation of contracts, distribution agreements and independent contractor agreements for both domestic and international business entities; and structuring investments and businesses for inbound international clients.
Additionally, Mr. Coleman has extensive experience in estate planning and preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care surrogate forms; planning for generational transfer of family businesses; probate and guardianship; and state and federal tax litigation. His expertise also encompasses pension law, including preparation of tax qualified pension and profit sharing plans; qualified domestic relations orders; tax planning for divorce; tax planning for gay and lesbian couples, including state and business planning; formation and representation of not-for-profit entities and charities; and income tax, estate tax and gift tax audits.
AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Coleman was named a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2007. He is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the American, Florida and Broward County Bar Associations.
Mr. Coleman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. He subsequently obtained his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Miami School of Law.
Publications and Presented Materials
“Paul Newman’s Legacy – Estate and Business Planning Finally Meet,” Brinkley Morgan Legal Talk Blog, March 1, 2018
“Avoid These Six Estate Planning Blunders,” Brinkley Morgan Legal Talk Blog, June 21, 2011
AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2007
The Florida Bar, Tax Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
Broward County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section
U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
U.S. Tax Court
University of Miami, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, 1966
University of Florida, Juris Doctor, 1971
University of Miami, LLM in Taxation, 1985