Goldman Felcoski and Stone

Attorneys

Robert W. Goldman *
Brian J. Felcoski *
Bruce Stone *
Jon Scuderi
Deborah Packer Goodall *

* Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Bob GoldmanRobert W. Goldman

(239) 436-1988
rgoldman@gfsestatelaw.com

Robert Goldman is a shareholder of the firm. He practices in the area of trust and estate litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and all Florida state courts.

A native of Miami, Florida, Bob earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1979) from the University of Miami and his law degree (J.D., 1981) from Florida State University.

Bob is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on its Board of Regents and chairs the Membership Committee. He is past Chair of ACTEC’s National Task Force on Arbitration of Trust & Estate Disputes. He is the Chair of the Amicus Committee and on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is past chair of the Section, current member of the Section’s Probate Law and Probate Litigation Committees, as well as past member of the Section’s Legislation Committee. He has chaired the Probate Rules Committee and the Guardianship Law Committee of The Florida Bar, and is a past member of the Probate Law Professionalism Committee and the Appellate Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. Bob was named as one of the top 100 attorneys in Florida by Florida Superlawyers and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.

Bob’s charitable service includes past service as a trustee on the Board of Trustees of The Eden Family of Services, Princeton, New Jersey (which provides lifespan service to persons with autism) and service as a Trustee of The Trust For The Advancement of Responsible Artists.

Bob is a frequent lecturer for ACTEC and the Florida Bar on probate and trust topics, including fees, fiduciary duties, and will and trust contests, and he teaches a course each summer on fiduciary duties for trust officers and graduate-trust officers at the Florida Bankers Association Trust School. He has authored several CLE publications, including The Dead Man’s Statute, Tortious Interference With a Devise, Attorneys and Trustee’s Fees in Trust Administrations and Federal Jurisdiction over Probate Matters.

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Brian FelcoskiBrian J. Felcoski

(305) 446-2800
bfelcoski@gfsestatelaw.com

Brian J. Felcoski is a shareholder of the firm. He practices in the area of trust and estate litigation. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and all Florida state courts.

A native of Miami, Florida, Brian earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., high honors, 1985) from Florida International University and his law degree (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1988) from the University of Miami where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the University of Miami Law Review.

Brian is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale. He is listed in Florida Superlawyers, in Best Lawyers in America and in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.

Brian is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He serves as a member of ACTEC’s Fiduciary Litigation, State Laws and Bylaws and Manual committees. He chairs the eDiscovery subcommittee for the ACTEC Fiduciary Litigation Committee.
Brian is a Past Chair for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He has served as a Probate Division Director for the Section, and as chair of the Section's Legislation and Trust Law Committees. He co-chaired the Section's Ad Hoc Trust Code Revision Committee which was responsible for the creation of a comprehensive Florida Trust Code adopted by the Florida Legislature in 2006. Brian continues to serve the Section including as a member of its Long Range Planning, Legislative, Trust Law, Probate and Trust Litigation, Probate Law and Procedure, and Homestead committees. Brian also serves as a member of various Section ad hoc committees including the Ad Hoc Conflicts of Interest Study Committee, the Jurisdiction and Service of Process Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee on PR Issues.

Brian is a co-author of the chapter titled “Termination and Modification of Express Trusts” in the publication Administration of Trusts in Florida. He is also a co-author of the chapter titled “Homestead Litigation” in the publication Litigation Under the Florida Probate Code.

Brian has chaired the Probate Rules Committee of The Florida Bar. He is also a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Greater Miami. Brian is a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar and other organizations on probate and trust topics. 

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Bruce StoneBruce Stone

(305) 446-2800
brucestone@gfsestatelaw.com

Bruce Stone is a shareholder of the firm. His practice consists primarily of estate planning for both domestic and foreign clients. A significant portion of his practice involves disputed or complex problem situations in which he is retained to find creative planning solutions or to serve as expert witness, mediator or arbitrator. Bruce is admitted to practice in Florida. He is a lifelong resident of Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with high honors in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with highest honors in 1973, where he was first in his class and editor in chief of the law review.

Bruce is a Fellow and current Vice President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and serves on its Executive Committee and Board of Regents. He is a past chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Bruce is a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts, which monitors and recommends updates to the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Trust Code, and all other trust and estate related uniform laws on a nationwide basis. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. He is an Academician in the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. He has been named as one of the top 10 or top 100 Florida attorneys in all issues of Florida Superlawyers since its publication, as one of the 45 best trusts and estates attorneys in the United States in the August 1998 issue of Town and Country magazine, and as one of the most influential people in Miami in the December 2012 issue of Poder Hispanic magazine. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale, has been listed in every edition of Best Lawyers of America since 1987, and is rated by Chambers USA in Band 1 for Tax: Estate Planning. In 2001 he received the first ever Friend of the Trust Industry award from the Florida Bankers Association. He was the principal drafter of Florida's legislation in 2000 authorizing dynasty trusts and allowing modification and reformation of irrevocable trusts, and a 2010 statute governing planning for homestead property through the use of irrevocable inter vivos trusts. He has been extensively involved in the drafting of Florida legislation concerning elective share rights of surviving spouses and the administration of trusts.

In addition to his practice, Bruce is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches in the graduate masters program in estate planning. He is a frequent lecturer for organizations such as the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Association, ALI-CLE, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, and the Florida Bar.

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Jon ScuderiJon Scuderi

(239) 436-1988
jscuderi@gfsestatelaw.com

Jon Scuderi is a shareholder of the firm. He practices in the area of trust and estate litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Florida (all Florida state courts), the United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Jon earned his undergraduate degree (B.B.A.) from the University of Notre Dame, his M.B.A. from the University of Miami, and his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Florida. Jon is a Certified Public Accountant.

Jon is on the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. He is vice chair of the Section's Probate and Trust Litigation Committee, deputy director of projects for the Section’s At Large Members, and a member of the Trust Law Committee. Jon is also a member of the Florida Probate Rules Committee. Jon is a past chair of The Florida Bar Twentieth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee B. Jon is a past president of the Collier County Bar Association and the Collier County Bar Foundation. He is the past chair of the Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section and past member of the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Section. Jon is a member of the American Bar Association, and, in 2012, was named in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite. Jon has been a member of Thomas S. Biggs American Inns of Court. Jon has lectured on probate and trust topics.

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Jon ScuderiDeborah Packer Goodall

(561) 395-0400
dgoodall@gfsestatelaw.com

Deborah Packer Goodall is senior counsel of the firm. She practices in the area of estate planning, post mortem tax planning, probate administration and trust administration. Debbie is admitted to practice in Florida, New York and Connecticut. Although she was born and raised in Rhode Island, she moved to Florida to attend Rollins College where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics. Debbie attended the University of Miami School of Law where she also graduated magna cum laude. Prior to entering private practice, Debbie worked as a judicial intern for The Honorable Kenneth L. Ryskamp, United States District Court, Miami, Florida. Debbie took a brief hiatus from the Florida sunshine and worked for 3 years at Skadden Arps in New York City. She returned to Florida in 1993 and has remained here ever since.

Debbie is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been named in Best Lawyers® by Woodard/White, Inc. for the years 2010-2012. She currently serves as Secretary of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She has previously been the chair of the CLE Committee and co-chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Committee for the RPPTL Section. Debbie is co-author of a chapter entitled "Preliminary Considerations," Practice Under Florida Probate Code. She is a frequent speaker on issues involving ethics, estate planning and estate administration.

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