Barry Nelson Florida Attorney

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning

Asset Protection Planning

Probate Administration

Tax Law

Corporate/Partnership/LLC/Business Law

Special Needs Trusts


University of Miami
     (J.D., Cum Laude, 1981, LL.M., Taxation, 1987)

State University of New York at Binghamton
     (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1974, M.S., Accounting, 1975)


Of Counsel

Barry Nelson serves as Of Counsel

for Comiter & Singer, LLP




Barry Nelson Recognized in First Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Barry Nelson Named as a Top Estate Planning Attorney by Florida Super Lawyers


Barry Nelson Named 2015 Miami Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America®

Barry A. Nelson, a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax and Wills and Trusts and Estates Attorney, is a shareholder in the law firm of Nelson & Nelson, P.A. in North Miami Beach, Florida. He practices in the areas of tax, estate planning and administration, asset protection, fiduciary litigation, partnerships and business law. He provides counsel to high net worth individuals and families focusing on income, estate and gift tax planning and assists business owners to most effectively pass their ownership interests from one generation to the next. He assists business owners, physicians and other professionals in tax, estate and asset protection planning. As the father of a child with autism, Mr. Nelson combines his legal skills with compassion and understanding in the preparation of Special Needs Trusts for children with disabilities

Mr. Nelson has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 1995 and was named their 2015 Miami Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading estate planning attorney in Florida. Since 2010, he has been listed as one of less than 10 lawyers receiving their highest rating of “Band 1” in the Florida Estate Planning category. Mr. Nelson has been a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer for over 25 years. He has been listed as a top Florida attorney in Florida Super Lawyers since 2006 and in The South Florida Legal Guide since 2005.

Mr. Nelson is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and served as Chairman of its Asset Protection Committee from 2009 to 2012. He is active in professional organizations and frequently serves as a consultant for other attorneys and certified public accountants on complex tax and asset protection issues. He has published numerous articles in professional publications and he lectures extensively for professional organizations such as ACTEC, the Florida Bar and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). He has presented at the University of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute and the Southern Federal Tax Institute (SFTI).

As the Founding Chairman of the Asset Preservation Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar from 2004-2007 he introduced and coordinated a project to write a treatise authored by committee members entitled Asset Protection in Florida (Florida Bar CLE 2008, 2nd Edition 2011). Mr. Nelson wrote Chapter 5 entitled “Homestead: Creditor Issues.”

Mr. Nelson served as an adjunct professor for the University of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Taxation program from 1998-2009 and as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami’s Graduate Department of Accounting from 1978-1995. He is a past President of the Greater Miami Tax Institute.

Mr. Nelson is a co-founder and current Board Member of The Victory Center for Autism and Behavioral Challenges (a not-for-profit corporation) and served as Board Chairman from 2000-2008. He served as the Mayor of the Town of Golden Beach, Florida from 1993-1995.

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Barry Nelson, the father of a son with autism, combines his legal skills with compassion and understanding in the preparation of Special Needs Trusts for children with disabilities.



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Barry Nelson


Barry Nelson
"Reaching for the Stars"
Aventura Magazine interview
Sept > Oct 2003 issue


Memberships and Professional Activities

Fellow of the
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

ACTEC Asset Protection Committee

Adjunct Professor 1998-2009
University of Miami School of Law LL.M. in Taxation

Adjunct Professor 1978-1995
University of Miami
Graduate Dept. of Accounting

Founding Chairman 2004-2007
and current Committee Member
Asset Preservation Committee of the Real Property, Probate
and Trust Law Section of
The Florida Bar

Past President
Greater Miami Tax Institute

American Bar Association
Tax Section

Florida Bar Tax Section

American Institute of
Certified Public Accountants

Florida Institute of
Certified Public Accountants

Estate Planning Council
of Greater Miami


Co-Founder, Chairman Emeritus
and current Board Member
The Victory Center for Autism and Behavioral Challenges

Co-Founder & Previous Chairman
National Ambassadors
American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

Past Chair
Professional Advisory Committee Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies of the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Mayor Town of Golden Beach



Barry Nelson
Leading Estate Planning Attorney
in Florida
Since 2010


Barry Nelson
The Best Lawyers
in America
Since 1995

Barry Nelson recognized as top lawyer by:
2015 Miami Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America®
Florida Super Lawyers (2006-15) | Top 100 Miami Florida Super Lawyers (2012-13)
South Florida Legal Guide (2003-14) | Florida Trend's Legal Elite (2004-08, 2011)
Wall Street Journal (2011) | South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers (2013)

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