Attorney Duane L. Pinnock has been accepted into Class II of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”). The Florida Fellows Institute was created by Florida ACTEC fellows to develop the profession’s future leaders in trust and estate law through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by subject matter experts in each field. Between November 2016 and May 2017, Mr. Pinnock will participate in three, two-day educational sessions for lawyers who were nominated by a Florida ACTEC Fellow and selected through a competitive application process. Institute sessions include estate and trust litigation, estate planning, wealth transfer strategies, fiduciary taxation and estate and trust administration.
A Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star™ in Estate and Trust Litigation and a Florida Trend “Legal Elite: Up and Comer,” Mr. Pinnock is Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by the Florida Bar and concentrates his practice in Trusts and Estates Litigation and Administration and Estate and Tax Planning. For more than a decade, Duane has represented beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives and heirs. He assists clients in developing estate plans and administering complex trusts and estates. He also represents clients in related litigation and tax court controversies. Mr. Pinnock earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Estate Planning from the University of Miami School of Law. In addition to being the only African-American attorney who is Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates, in 2016 Mr. Pinnock was appointed to the Chairmanship of the Florida Bar’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Board Certification Committee by Florida Bar President William J. Schifino, Jr. He was also recently named a “2016 Top Lawyer” in the South Florida Legal Guide’s 2016 edition.