The Florida Bar Tax Section will honor Florida native, Cristin Conley Keane, with the 2019-2020 Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award. Tax Section Chair, Janette M. McCurley, stated that Cristin exemplifies the standard set by all other previous recipients for her major contributions to the advancement of the practice of tax law and her professional accomplishments. Recipients are selected for their contributions to the advancement of the practice of tax law and their commitment to the highest standards of competence and integrity.
Cristin received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, then returned home to attend the University of Florida’s College of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Laws in Taxation. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Graduate Tax Law Program and currently serves as a trustee for the University of Florida Law Center Association and as a member of the Florida Alumni Tax Advisory Committee, which provides advisory support on the strategic direction of the University of Florida Graduate Tax Program. She is a member of the national TEGE Exempt Organizations Council and an active member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s LLC and Partnership Committee.
A mother of two children who currently lives in Clearwater, Cristin began practicing tax law at Carlton Fields in August 1999. Presently practicing at the same firm, she advises clients on closely held businesses, including limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations, not-for-profit organizations, as well as business formation, owner agreements, succession planning, federal and state income tax, and estate tax matters.
Cristin was the Tax Section Chair in 2014-2015, is board certified by The Florida Bar in Tax Law, and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, and Florida Super Lawyers.
Over the years, Cristin has provided pro bono services to many organizations, and has a commitment to pro bono legal service and community involvement. Cristin currently serves on the board of directors of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and is a trustee and treasurer of Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.
Please join us when Cristin will be honored during the Tax Section’s Annual Meeting, on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Atlantis Resort, on Paradise Island, in the Bahamas.