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Duane L. Pinnock

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Duane Pinnock has nearly two decades of experience advising clients on complex estate and tax planning and administration, as well as related litigation and tax controversy matters.

Professional Biography


Duane Pinnock is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, which is that organization's highest level of recognition of the competency and experience of attorneys practicing in these areas. Mr. Pinnock is the only African-American tax and estate attorney in Florida who holds this certification.

He handles fiduciary and probate litigation, as well as complex estate and tax planning and administration. He represents beneficiaries, trustees, personal representatives, and heirs. Mr. Pinnock assists clients in developing estate plans and administering complex trusts and estates, and he represents clients in related litigation and tax court controversies.

From 2016 to 2017, Mr. Pinnock was appointed to serve as chair of the Florida Bar's Wills, Trusts & Estates Board Certification Committee. He is the former chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Estate and Probate Committee, as well as the former co-chair of the Estate and Probate section of the Bench Bar Committee.

Mr. Pinnock teaches continuing education courses regarding estate planning and asset protection and is a frequent presenter on estate and fiduciary litigation topics.

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Wills, Trusts & Estates Law
  • Member – The Florida Bar Association, Tax and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Sections
    • At-Large Member – Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Executive Council
    • Chair – Wills, Trusts & Estates Board Certification Committee (2016 – 2017)
    • Vice-Chair – Wills, Trusts & Estates Board Certification Committee (2015 – 2016)
  • Former Chair – Estate and Probate Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Former Co-chair – Estate and Probate Section, Bench Bar Committee
  • Member – American and National Bar Associations
  • Member – University of Florida Levin College of Law Alumni Council
  • Recognized as a "Top-Rated Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers (2017 – 2021)
  • Recognized as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers (2012 – 2016)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by South Florida Legal Guide (2016)
  • Recognized as a Florida's Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend (2014)
  • "How to Set up a Successful Estate Planning and Drafting Practice: Introduction to Wills and Trusts Drafting," The Florida Bar (January 2020)
  • "Probate and Trust Law Cross-Training," Palm Beach County Bar Association (2018)
  • "Estate and Probate," Palm Beach County Bench Bar Conference (2018)
  • "Probate Boot Camp," Palm Beach County Bar Association (2017)
  • "Estate Planning: Anticipating Litigation," Palm Beach County Bar Association (2016)
  • "Estate Planning 101: Trusts and Estates from Start to Finish," Pincus Professional Education (2015)
  • "Estate Planning and Probate," National Bar Association 88th Annual Convention (July 2013)
  • "Probate Litigation: Trends and Hot Topics" (2012)
  • "The Use of Limited Liability Entities for Asset Protection," Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2010)
  • "Estate Planning and Estate Administration," The Chief Jimmy Brown Radio Show (2009)

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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., 2002
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Science, B.A., 1998

Admissions

  • Florida, 2002
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court

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