CURRICULUM VITAE OF RICHARD S. AMARI

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT


2011 – Present

MANAGING MEMBER
Amari Law Office, PLC, Cocoa, FL. and St. Pete Beach, FL.

  • Practice primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estates.
  • Perform estate-planning services for high net worth individuals and asset protection planning for high-risk professionals.
  • Represent fiduciaries in trust and estate administration.
  • Represent fiduciaries, beneficiaries and other interested persons in fiduciary litigation.
  • Represent clients in matters involving real estate development, business entities and taxation.
1983 – 2005

MANAGING SHAREHOLDER
Amari & Theriac, P.A., Cocoa, FL.

  • 50% shareholder in Brevard County’s largest, locally owned, full service law firm, employing 16 attorneys and 35 support staff.
  • Practiced primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estates.
  • Performed estate-planning services for high net worth individuals and asset protection planning for high-risk professionals.
  • Represented fiduciaries in trust and estate administration.
  • Represented fiduciaries, beneficiaries and other interested persons in fiduciary litigation.
  • Represented clients in matters involving real estate development, business entities and taxation.
1988 – 1998

CITY ATTORNEY
City of Cocoa, Florida

  • Appointed by the Cocoa City Council to provide general counsel to the City of Cocoa.
  • Represented the City Council at all Cocoa City Council meetings.
  • Represented the Cocoa Planning and Zoning Board at all public hearings.
  • Delegated and managed all litigation involving the City of Cocoa.
  • Reported to Cocoa City Council in all closed meetings.
  • Represented Cocoa City Council regarding all union and employment matters.
  • Delegated and managed all eminent domain proceedings.
  • Drafted ordinances, resolutions, and charter amendments.
  • Represented City’s interests in all requests for proposal and other contract and bidding matters.
  • Advised the Cocoa City Council and its staff in all matters relating to the administration and operation of City affairs.
  • Advised Cocoa City Council in matters relating to the Cocoa Redevelopment Agency.
  • Advised Cocoa City Council regarding election, referendum and initiative procedures and controversies.
1981 – 1983

ASSOCIATE
Knight, Kincaid, Poucher & Harris, P.A., Jacksonville, FL.

  • Performed estate-planning services for high net worth individuals and asset protection planning for high-risk professionals.
  • Represented fiduciaries in trust and estate administration.
  • Represented fiduciaries, beneficiaries and other interested persons in fiduciary litigation.
  • Represented clients in matters involving real estate development, business entities and taxation.

 

EDUCATION


1980 – 1981

MASTER OF LAWS (Taxation)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

  • Served as federal tax research instructor to J.D. and L.L.M. candidates.
1978 – 1980

JURIS DOCTOR, with honors
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

  • Served as research assistant to Professor Dennis A. Calfee in taxation of gratuitous transfers and income taxation of estates and trusts.
1974 – 1977

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (Accounting), WITH HIGH HONORS
Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS


  • ASSET PROTECTION TRUSTS: NUCLEAR BOMB SHELTER, Florida Bar Journal, page 17 (July/August 1992).
  • PROTECTING THE NEST EGG- GECENT DEVELOPMENTS EXPOSE RETIREMENT ASSETS FOR FLORIDA DEBTORS, presented at Spring 2003 Estate Planning Seminar in Tampa, Fl. sponsored by the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar.
  • STRANGE DAYS AFTER STRANGI: SECTION 2036 ATTACK ON FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS, co-authored with Jason E. Havens, presented at the October 24, 2003 seminar in Tampa, Fl. sponsored by the Tax Section of The Florida Bar.
  • REAL PROPERTY, PROBATE AND TRUST LAW SECTION OF THE FLORIDA BAR WHITE PAPER ON A PROPOSED BILL TO AMEND FLORIDA STATUTE §222.21(2)(A), presented January 22, 2004 to Probate Roundtable of the Executive Council, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, The Florida Bar.
  • EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ADOPTS PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN ASSET PROTECTION FOR RETIREMENT ASSETS, presented February 2004 to the Brevard County Estate Planning Council.
  • PROTECTION OF ASSETS TRUSTS, PRODUCTS OF LITIGIOUS SOCIETY, co-authored by David Presnick and presented as a seminar series to numerous tax and other professionals throughout the State of Florida.
  • PLANNING TO REDUCE ESTATE AND GIFT TAX, presented as a seminar series to numerous tax and other professionals throughout the State of Florida.
  • THE LIVING TRUST, PART I AND THE LIVING TRUST, PART II, presented as a seminar series to numerous tax and other professionals throughout the State of Florida.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, AFFILIATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS


  • Member, The Florida Bar (1979-present).
  • Member, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (1982-2007; 2011-present).
  • Vice-Chair, IRA, Insurance & Employee Benefits Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2002-2003; 2011-present, Vice-Chair since 2016).
  • Member, Asset Preservation Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2011-present).
  • Member, Probate Litigation Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2011-present).
  • Member, At Large Member Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2013-present).
  • Member, Asset Preservation Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2011-present).
  • Member, Estate & Trust Tax Planning Committee, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (2002-2003; 2011-present).
  • Former Member, Brevard County Bar (1981-2007).
  • Former Member, Brevard County Estate Planning Council (1985-2005).
  • Former Circuit Representative (18th Judicial Circuit) to the Executive Council, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar (1994-2002).
  • Authored legislation amending Florida Statutes §222.21(2)(a).
  • Testified before the Senate Finance Committee, on behalf of the Executive Council of Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, regarding proposed amendments to Florida Statutes §222.21(2)(a).
  • Former Chairman, Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency (2002-2003).