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Thomas J. McLaughlin


Thomas J. McLaughlin

Tom is a board certified tax attorney focusing on business entities and individuals in tax, transactional, and succession matters.

Tom has considerable experience in forming, operating, and terminating limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations. Additionally, Tom regularly advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and tax-efficient sales of business entities and interests. He has developed a particularly important set of skills relative to business succession strategies.

Tom's representative engagements include:

  • Implementing tax planning strategies with a focus on generational business succession
  • Preparing pre-death federal estate tax analyses, including Code Section 6166 and liquidity analyses
  • Analyzing business valuations with a focus on estate, gift and income tax planning opportunities
  • Serving as co-counsel on a $200 million plus complex estate predominantly comprised of business assets and post-death business and tax restructuring of the same

Tom joined the firm in 2005 immediately after receiving his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida. He became a partner in 2011.


What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Tax Law Certification

Certified tax law lawyers deal with legal issues pertaining to federal, state or local income, estate, gift, ad valorem, excise, or other taxes.


  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida College of Law, Graduated First in Class; Graduated Assistant to Patricia Dilley
  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, Magna Cum Laude
  • B.S.Acc., University of Florida, Florida Academic Scholar; Anderson Scholar, With Highest Honors



  • Bar

    • Florida, Board Certified in Tax by The Florida Bar


  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2010-2011, 2019-2020
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2012
  • Florida Legal Elite, Up and Comer, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent



  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Finance Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
  • Child Protection Center, Board of Directors
  • Asolo Rep's Professional Advisors Network
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