Bruce Bokor received his J.D. from UF Law in 1972, where he served as the EIC for the Florida Law Review. He practices in the areas of Taxation Law, Business Law, Estate Planning Law and Probate Law with the Clearwater firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppell & Burns, the largest law firm in Pinellas County. A firm member since 1977, Bruce has extensive experience in planning for the sale and purchases of businesses. He also developed a special expertise in complex estate planning, purchases and sales of businesses, and tax controversy matters. His clientele includes successful businesspersons, professionals, closely-held businesses, charitable groups and other individuals with special tax planning or estate planning needs.
Bruce was recently named "Mr. Clearwater" by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. This is the highest honor in the City. He was honored for his 28-year history of serving Clearwater, including serving on the boards of Morton Plant Mease Health Care and its charitable arm, the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. Bruce is a former chairman of The Florida Bar Tax Section and a former chairman of the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council.
Hal Kantor graduated from UF Law in 1972, with honors, and served as Editor in Chief of Volume 23 of the University of Florida Law Review. While on Law Review, Mr. Kantor published a Comment criticizing a Florida Supreme Court ruling that denied assistance of counsel to indigent misdemeanor defendants. Mr. Kantor also published a Note discussing the plight of migrant farm workers in Florida.
In private practice with Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, Mr. Kantor is consistently named one of the top lawyers in Florida, and he was recently named number 17 in a list highlighting Orlando's Most Powerful People. Power was defined narrowly, as "the ability to make your will prevail on community issues," and "who would you not want to cross in a fight."
The Florida Law Review was honored to have Hal Kantor with join us at our 2008 Senior Banquet to present the first annual Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed Law Review Book Award, which is made possible by generous donations by Hal and Vickie Kantor and the firm.
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