Richard B. Comiter is the senior partner of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, a Florida regional tax law firm. He provides counsel to high net worth individuals and families focusing on income, estate and gift tax planning and assists business owners on how to most effectively pass their ownership interests from one generation to the next. The focus of Mr. Comiter’s practice is federal income and estate tax planning, partnership and limited liability company state law, structuring of business transactions for pass-through entities, succession and wealth transfer planning, probate and asset protection. Mr. Comiter was awarded a B.S.B.A. with Honors from the University of Florida and earned a M.S.M. in Tax Accounting from Florida International University. Mr. Comiter received his Juris Doctor, with Honors, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Levin College of Law and was the Chairman of its Planned Giving Task Force. He is also a member of Florida Blue Key.
Mr. Comiter has been acknowledged as a leader in the field of taxation and estate planning by his peers as well as by leading legal publications. He was recently selected as the 2010-2011 Recipient of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award. He was recognized as the 2012 Tax Lawyer of the Year for West Palm Beach by South Florida’s Best Lawyers. He is named in the field of corporate tax by Who’s Who Legal, as a member of the Florida Legal Elite by Florida Trend, as a Top Lawyer in Tax and Estate Planning by the South Florida Legal Guide, as a Top 100 Florida Super Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Trusts and Estates and Tax Planning. Mr. Comiter is also named in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading tax planning and 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 Tax Planning category. He is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is currently serving on its Asset Protection and Business Planning Committees.
He is a Past-Chair of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar (the “Tax Section”). He has also served as the Director of the Education Division and Federal Tax Divisions of the Tax Section, and is a former Chair of its Individual and Pass-Through Entities, Finance, and Long Range Planning Committees. Mr. Comiter also recently served as a member of the Tax Section’s Olmstead Task Force; was a member of the Limited Partnership Act Review Committee, and the Steering and Drafting Committee for the revisions to two Florida’s Limited Liability Company Acts, and the Florida Revised Uniform Partnership Act. Mr. Comiter annually lectures on Pass-Through Entities and Entity Selection at The Florida Bar’s Tax Certification and Review Conference and the FICPA’s Florida Institute on Federal Taxation Conference. Mr. Comiter was a columnist on S Corporations and Partnership State Law and a member of the Board of Advisors and
Contributing Editors for the Journal of Partnership Taxation. Mr. Comiter is also a Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer and a Florida Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Comiter is a member of the Board of Directors for MorseLife. Mr. Comiter has previously served as President of the Palm Beach/Martin County Estate Planning Council and the Palm Beach County Tax Institute. He is a Past-President of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches, a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and a Past-Chair of its Professional Advisory Committee. Mr. Comiter previously served as the Regional Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Comiter has lectured in programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Lawyers Guaranty Fund Assembly, New York University’s Institutes on Partnership Taxation and Closely Held Businesses, the National Business Institute and the Graduate Tax Department at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. Mr. Comiter has been a guest speaker for numerous other Florida professional, educational, income and estate planning councils and business organizations.