Barry A. Nelson, a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax and Wills and Trusts and Estates Attorney, is a shareholder in the North Miami Beach law firm of Nelson & Nelson, P.A. He practices in the areas of tax, estate planning and administration, asset protection, fiduciary litigation, partnerships and business law. He provides counsel to high net worth individuals and families focusing on income, estate and gift tax planning and assists business owners to most effectively pass their ownership interests from one generation to the next. He assists business owners, physicians and other professionals in tax, estate and asset protection planning. As the father of a child with autism, Barry combines his legal skills with compassion and understanding in the preparation of Special Needs Trusts for children with disabilities.
Barry is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and served as Chairman of its Asset Protection Committee from 2009 to 2012. Barry is named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading estate planning attorney in Florida. Since 2010, he has been listed as one of less than 10 lawyers receiving their highest rating of "Band 1" in the Florida Estate Planning category. Barry has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer. Florida Super Lawyers has listed him as a top Florida attorney since 2006 and as a Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyer. Barry has been listed in The South Florida Legal Guide since 2005. He served as an adjunct professor for the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Taxation program from 1998-2009 and as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Graduate Department of Accounting from 1978-1995.
Barry is active in professional organizations and frequently serves as a consultant for other attorneys and certified public accountants on complex tax and asset protection issues. He lectures extensively for the Florida Bar, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and has presented at the University of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, the Southern Federal Tax Institute (SFTI) and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He has published numerous articles in professional publications.
As the Founding Chairman of the Asset Preservation Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar from 2004-2007 he introduced and coordinated a project to write a treatise authored by committee members entitled Asset Protection in Florida (Florida Bar CLE 2008, 2nd Edition 2011). Barry wrote Chapter 5 entitled "Homestead: Creditor Issues." He is a past President of the Greater Miami Tax Institute.
Barry is a co-founder and current Board Member of The Victory Center for Autism and Behavioral Challenges (a not-for-profit corporation) and served as Board Chairman from 2000-2008. He served as the Mayor of the Town of Golden Beach, Florida from 1993-1995.