TAMPA, February 2, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The nation’s largest trusts and estates practice bolsters its Florida presence with the addition of two prominent attorneys. Robert (Bob) J. Kline has returned to Holland & Knight’s Tampa office. He rejoins the firm as senior counsel in the Private Wealth Services’ Estate Planning and Administration Practice Group. Tina Dunsford joins the firm’s St. Petersburg office as senior counsel in the Private Wealth Services’ Family Businesses and Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group.
“Holland & Knight is committed to serving our clients’ needs through strategic national growth in key regions, and Florida remains at the core of our practice growth,” said William R. Lane, Jr., Tampa Bay regional team leader for the firm’s Private Wealth Services section. “Bob and Tina are exceptional lawyers whose experience and skills will greatly enhance our team.”
Bob Kline brings extensive experience in estates, trusts, taxation and litigation. He previously practiced at Holland & Knight from 1987-1994 as a tax and litigation attorney. He returns to the firm from the financial services industry, where he served as managing director and senior trust officer for the Northern Trust Company, and trust coordinator and financial consultant for Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
Kline is a member of the Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section), the State Bar of Michigan and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He has served on the board of directors for the Children’s Cancer Center, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, and the Lowry Park Zoo. He received his Master of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993, his J.D. cum laude from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1986, and his bachelor’s in business administration from Michigan State University in 1982. He holds an “av” rating for competence and ethics from the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory.
Tina Dunsford brings substantial knowledge in health care, business tax, and estate planning for physicians, high-net-worth individuals and closely held business entities with emphasis on business succession, retirement planning and preservation of assets, both corporate and individual. Formerly with Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, she has provided general corporate representation of hospital systems and physician practices, handled specialized litigation matters and advised business entities on tax matters. She has significant experience in matters regarding managed care contracting, compliance with fraud and abuse laws, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues, HIPAA, and general contract negotiations. Prior to joining Akerman, Dunsford served as general counsel to two Health Maintenance Organizations – The OATH for Louisiana, Inc., and The Oath – a Health Plan for Alabama, Inc.
Dunsford is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She received her J.D. and Masters of Law in taxation from Emory University School of Law in 1994 and 1995, respectively, and her bachelor’s in finance summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., in 1989.
About Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services Section: Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services Section serves clients with needs that often span personal, business and nonprofit matters by taking a comprehensive, integrated approach to the areas of sophisticated estate planning, trust and estate administration and fiduciary litigation, nonprofit organizations, charitable gift planning, and family and private businesses. With 20 lawyers who are Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Holland & Knight has the highest number of any law firm in the country.
About Holland & Knight’s Health Law Team: Holland & Knight’s Health Law Team combines specific knowledge of the health care industry and health care law with experience in business and corporate law, dispute resolution and other legal disciplines essential to the effective representation of our health care clients. Our clients include owners and operators of hospitals and other health care facilities; pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies; and a variety of health-related corporations and providers.
About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a commercial law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 offices in the United States. Internationally, offices are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Helsinki, Caracas and Tel Aviv, and strategic alliance relations in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Holland & Knight is among the 15 largest firms worldwide, providing representation in all major areas of law. www.hklaw.com
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