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James O. Fergeson Jr.

James O. Fergeson Jr.

Sarasota, Florida

Areas of Practice

  • Tax Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Business Organizations
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified as a Specialist in Tax Law, 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


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. - 1974
    • Major: Taxation
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1973
    • Honors: Phi Kappa Phi
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S. - 1970

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 - 2018 Florida Super Lawyer
  • 2015 - 2020 Best Lawyers in America
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 "Lawyer of the Year", Tax Law, Sarasota Metro Area

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council
  • Boys' and Girls' Club of Sarasota County Foundation, Trustee

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