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J. Ronald Skipper

J. Ronald Skipper

Of Counsel
Sarasota, Florida

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, The Florida Bar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • LL.M. in Taxation - 1975
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • J.D. - 1974
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.S. - 1967

Published Works

  • "New Carryover Basis Rules Alter Techniques for Estate Planners", The Florida Bar Journal, October, 1977
  • "Generation-Skipping Transfers: A Primer for Estate Planners", The Florida Bar Journal, March, 1987
  • "Generation-Skipping Transfers after the Technical Corrections Bill", The Florida Bar Journal, December, 1988
  • "Should You Be Recommending Generation-Skipping Trusts To Your Clients?", The Florida Bar Journal, November, 1996


  • Lecturer, Federal Income, Estate and Gift Taxes

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • 2011 - 2020 Best Lawyers in America
  • 2007 - 2018 Florida Super Lawyer
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section, Former Vice-Chair, Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee
  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council, Member and Former President
  • Mote Marine Laboratory, Former Trustee for 15 years
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., Original Incorporator and Director Emeritus (served as active Director for 28 years)

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

**Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification provides consumers with assurance in the selection of legal counsel. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. To be certified, lawyers must practice for at least 5 years, show substantial involvement in the area of law for which they are certified, receive a passing examination grade, be assessed by peer review, and meet continuing legal education requirements in the area of law certified.

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