William R. Lane Jr. is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tampa office and practices in the areas of trusts and estates, tax exempt organizations and family business succession planning. Mr. Lane is the North/Central Florida regional team leader for the firm's Private Wealth Services Practice Group.

Mr. Lane works primarily in the areas of estate planning, family business succession planning, and resolution of disputes involving trusts, estates, their fiduciaries and beneficiaries. He served on the drafting committees for the Florida Trust Code, the Florida Power of Attorney Act, and the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act. He is frequently called upon to lecture on these topics.

Reported Cases

  • Doe v. SunTrust Bank, 32 So.3d 133, 2010, 2010 WL 323031 (Fla 2nd DCA) 1/29/2010


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Alabama, MPA
  • The University of Alabama, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Alabama
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • ACTEC Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations and Asset Protection Committees; Florida ACTEC Fellows Nominating Committee
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees; Chair, 2019-2020
  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section, Directors Committee; Chair, 2016-2017
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council; Estate and Trust Tax Law Committee; Trust Law Committee
  • Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors 1994-1995
  • Florida Family Business Forum, Past Chair
  • All Children’s Hospital Foundation, Past Chair
  • Tax Council of Tampa Bay
  • The Canterbury School of Florida, Inc., Past President
  • Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Past President and Director
  • The Florida Bar, former Member of CLE Committee
Honors & Awards
  • Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year, The Florida Bar Tax Section, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, Non-profit/Charities Law, 2007-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Tampa Trusts and Estate Lawyer of the Year, 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Tampa Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Lawyer of the Year, 2015, 2022
  • Florida Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Tampa Non-profit/Charities Law Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend magazine, 2007-2008, 2017, 2018
  • Legacy Award, American Red Cross, Hillsborough County Chapter, 2008
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Law and Psychology Review, Editorial Board
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Speaking Engagements