Press Release
May 1, 2012

Lou Conti Named The Florida Bar's Tax Attorney of the Year

Holland & Knight Press Release

Tampa, Fla. – May 1, 2012 - Holland & Knight partner Louis T. M. (“Lou”) Conti will be presented with the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award at The Florida Bar's Tax Section 34th Annual Meeting on May 5.

He was selected for his many years of service to The Florida Bar and his extensive work on behalf of the Tax Section on the LLC Drafting Committee, as well as previous drafting committees for general partnerships, limited partnerships, and the existing LLC Act.

"We are extremely proud of the work Lou has done over the years with The Florida Bar," said Steven Sonberg, Holland & Knight's Managing Partner. "Lou's leadership within Florida's legal and business community is the perfect example of the professionalism and service we encourage all of our attorneys to achieve."

Mr. Conti is a transactional tax and business lawyer, who has been a partner with Holland & Knight since 1989 and is currently the leader of the firm’s Technology, Venture Capital, and Emerging Companies Team. He has served The Florida Bar's Tax Section in a number of positions, culminating in his service as Chair (1999-2000). Mr. Conti also served as the Chair of the Business Law Section (2009-2010) and may be the only person in Florida Bar history to have chaired both sections.

Mr. Conti has led many of the Tax Section’s legislative drafting efforts and has been involved in legislative amendments to numerous business entity statutes. He continues to serve the Bar as Chair of the LLC Drafting Task Force which is proposing a wholesale revision to the Florida LLC Act.

Additionally, Mr. Conti was appointed a Uniform Law Commissioner for the State of Florida in 2011 for a term of four years, and serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and an instructor at the Advanced Judicial College for Florida Circuit Court Judges. Mr. Conti has also been active in the Venture Capital Community in Florida where he served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Venture Forum for 13 years.

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