Meet Our Authors

The editorial team of our current Wills & Trusts and Family Law products have a combined 579 years in legal practice! That is an average of 38 years apiece. Our Wills & Trusts authors combine for a stunning 234 years as Fellows of ACTEC, and include several Regents and two past ACTEC presidents.  As a Lawgic customer, you can be confident that the language and Law & Strategy in Lawgic comes from a vast collection of intellect and experience.

Wm. Bert Brannon

Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC

Wm. Bert Brannon is a member of the firm Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC and concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, choice of entity planning; business succession planning; taxation of individuals and business entities, and corporate law.

Garrett C. Dailey

Attorney's Briefcase
President

Mr. Dailey received his J.D.from the University of California at Davis in 1977, where he was editor of the Law Review. He is a Fellow of the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers, and a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists from whom he received the ACFLS’s 1995 Hall of Fame Award and its 30th Anniversary Outstanding Service Award.

Andrew J. DeMaio

Neff Aguilar, LLC
Member

Andrew J. DeMaio advises clients in trust and estate planning and administration, and in litigation of related matters. He has written and lectured extensively on trusts and estates subjects and on the use of technology in the practice of law. He is an author/editor for Leimberg Information Services, a national online publication for lawyers, accountants, and other professionals and an American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Fellow.

Frederick R. Franke, Jr.

Franke Beckett LLC
Managing Partner

Frederick R. Franke, Jr. is the managing attorney for Franke Beckett LLC.  He is a past-chair of the Council of the Estates and Trusts Law Section of the Maryland Bar Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore, School of Law.  

George W. Gregory

Kemp Klein

Mr. Gregory maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He has also been listed as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since its inception 2006. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Additionally, he has been designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law for the years 2017 to the present (a distinction granted to the top 1% of attorneys in Michigan).

Martha J. Griffin

Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC
Of Counsel

Martha J. Griffin is Of Counsel at Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky.  Her practice areas include taxation, estate planning, business succession planning, and the administration of trusts and estates.  She is licensed to practice in Kentucky, Florida, and New York.

Jason E. Havens

Holland & Knight
Partner

Mr. Havens is certified by The Florida Bar as a Board-Certified Specialist (B.C.S.) in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law.  He also is certified in Tennessee as an Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) by the Estate Law Specialist Board.  Consequently, he is listed on the Roll of Certified Legal Specialists of the Tennessee Commission of Continuing Legal Education. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Joseph G. Hodges

Sole Practitioner

Along with serving as a Fellow and a Past Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Mr. Hodges has also served as a Council member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association, is the former Chair of the Colorado Bar Association’s Trust and Estate Counsel, and served as a member and on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable.

Bryan Howard

Howard & Mobley, PLLC
Partner

Bryan is certified as an Estate Planning Specialist in Tennessee. Bryan is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2001-2012 editions) in both the Tax and Trusts and Estates categories, has been selected as one of the top 100 Lawyers in the U.S. by Worth Magazine, one of the best lawyers in Tennessee by Business Tennessee magazine and one of the Best Lawyers in Tax Law by Corporate Counsel magazine. Bryan has the AV rating (highest available) for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings system.

Deborah F. Howe

Franke Beckett LLC
Attorney

Deborah F. Howe graduated cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy. Following graduation, she attended  Washington & Lee University School of Law where graduated cum laude. She served as the Managing Editor of the German Law Journal, Symposium Chair of the Women Law Students Organization, and Appellate Advocacy Chair of the Moot Court Board.

Edward F. Koren

Holland & Knight
Partner & Chair Of Private Wealth Services

Edward F. Koren is the creator, now Chair Emeritus, of Holland & Knight's Private Wealth Services Practice Group, which grew to become the largest group of trusts and estates lawyers in the United States. He is past chair of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; former American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Regent and past chair of its Estate and Gift Tax Committee.

Carlyn McCaffrey

McDermott Will & Emery
Partner & Co-Head of Private Client Practice

Carlyn is a fellow and a past president of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a member of the International Academy of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Act of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Laws.

Lee Moore

RMP, LLP
Managing Partner

Lee Moore is the Managing Partner of RMP, LLP located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  His practice is focused on Trust and Estate Planning and Probate, Tax Planning, and Charitable Planning.  Lee is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Michael Parham

Sole Practitioner

Mike is certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a member of the Memphis Estate Planning Council, Planned Giving Council for Greater Memphis, and Hopeworks, Inc. From 1993 through 1998, Mike served as Director of Planned Giving for Freed-Hardeman University.

Elizabeth T. Pierson

GillPierson
Partner

Elizabeth is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and a former member of the California State Bar’s Trusts and Estates Section Executive Committee, is a past chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Taxation Section and its Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation.

Larry Pike

Holland & Knight
Partner

Larry S. Pike is a member of the Private Wealth Services Section at Holland & Knight and leader of the Atlanta Private Wealth Services Team. Mr. Pike’s practice involves a broad range of legal services to corporations and individuals, including tax, business counseling, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning work and asset protection planning. He represents numerous medical practices.

Richard L. Stockton

Holland & Knight
Partner

Rick is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, and  holds the highest rating assigned by Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a member of the Florida Bar's Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section and Tax Section.  Rick has been a member of the Certification Committee for Wills, Trusts, and Estates of the Florida Bar.

Bruce Stone

Goldman, Felcoski & Stone
Partner

Bruce is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and serves on its Board of Regents. He is a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts. He is a past chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.

Glen A. Yale

Sole Practitioner

Glen Yale is the principal in Yale Law Firm, P.C., of San Antonio, Texas, and advises high net worth individuals, as well as those with more modest estates, on the federal estate and income tax aspects, as well as the important family considerations, of estate planning.  He is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

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