Holland & Knight Attorneys Named Fellows of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Ft. LAUDERDALE, Fla. and PORTLAND, Ore.– April 27, 2012 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Deborah P. Goodall, a senior counsel in the firm's Ft. Lauderdale office, and Joshua Husbands, a partner in the Portland office, have been elected as the newest fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). This raises the firm's total number of fellows nationally to 21, including past president, Bruce Ross, and past regents, Christine Albright, Charles Gibbs and Edward Koren.
ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. One of the organization's central purposes is to study and improve trust, estate and tax laws, procedures and professional responsibility. ACTEC and its fellows file amicus briefs in appropriate cases, testify before Congress, provide in-depth analysis of administrative positions to the Internal Revenue Service, assist in the development of best practices for trust and estate lawyers, and participate actively in the development of the recommendations being promulgated by the international Financial Action Task Force, a policy-making body focused on effecting national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas.
Mr. Husbands, a member of Holland & Knight's Private Wealth Services Group, represents clients in an array of business, tax, business succession and estate planning matters, including business reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures. He is the local office liaison for the Oregon Campaign for Equal Justice and the coordinator for the Portland office's Opening Doors for Children program, which sends the firm's volunteers into the community to help children in need of tutors, mentors, and role models. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. degree cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he teaches an advanced estate planning seminar as a member of the adjunct faculty.
Ms. Goodall, also a member of the firm's Private Wealth Services Group, practices in the area of trusts and estates. She is experienced in probate and trust administration, post mortem tax planning, the preparation of federal estate and gift tax returns, and the drafting of wills, trusts, health care documents, living wills and durable powers of attorney. She received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Rollins College and a J.D. degree magna cum laude from University of Miami School of Law.