Richard I. Withers

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Richard Withers had the honor of joining what was then the Ossi Law Firm in 2014 in an Of Counsel relationship.  Working with Susan Ossi and McCabe Harrison was such a pleasure and success that Richard is now proud to be a founding member of Ossi, Withers & Harrison, P.A. 

Born in Orange Park, Florida, Richard first moved to Gainesville in 1985 and had the pleasure of growing up in the community that he still calls home.  After graduating from Buchholz High School, Richard attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2001 with a degree in finance from the Warrington College of Business and a minor in economics.

Following completion of his undergraduate studies, Richard took the opportunity to continue his education at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he earned the degree of Juris Doctor, cum laude, in May 2004.  While at Arizona State University, Richard earned a position on the prestigious Arizona State Law Journal and was a Pedrick Scholar for the Spring 2003 semester.

In 2006, Richard decided to further his education and was accepted into the Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) program at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, which is widely regarded as one of the top graduate tax programs in the country.  While in the graduate tax program, Richard was honored to serve as a graduate assistant to Professor Dennis A. Calfee and maintained a grade point average of 3.78.  After earning his LL.M. in Taxation in 2007, Richard spent almost seven years as an associate attorney with the law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., practicing first out of their Fort Pierce office and then out of their Gainesville office.

At Ossi, Withers & Harrison, Richard is proud to focus his practice in the areas of business and tax planning, including business formation and structuring, commercial transactions, business mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning, tax planning for individuals and businesses, and representing individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service.  Richard also has significant experience in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration and wealth preservation.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys being heavily invested in his community.  Richard is a graduate of Leadership Gainesville, serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, and is a member of the Gainesville Quarterback Club, Rotary Club of Gainesville, and Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, just to a name a few.

In his personal life, Richard is incredibly lucky to be recently engaged to the wonderful and talented Dr. Kate (a fact of which she reminds him every day) and to live in close proximity to the University of Florida and all the exciting sporting events and enrichment opportunities that proximity provides.  Richard also enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, exercising, and even cooking (when time permits).

Education 

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation, 2007
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Conner College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2004
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance, 2001 

Bar Admissions

  •  Florida, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships 

  • American Bar Association
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust and Tax Law Sections of the Florida Bar
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association

 

Civic Activities

  • Leadership St. Lucie County, 2009
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank – Former Board Member
  • Leadership Gainesville, 2011-2012 (Class 38)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County – Current Board Member
  • Justice Teaching

Recent Speaking Engagements: 

  • Florida Bar CLE, Agricultural Law Update, Estate Planning for Landowners Post American Taxpayer Relief Act, Gainesville, Florida, November, 2013. 
  • 2013 Legislative Law Update, Gainesville, Florida, August, 2013. 
  • The Basics of Intellectual Property Law, Buchholz High School, Academy of Entrepreneurship, Gainesville, Florida, March, 2013. 
  • The End of the Perfect Storm of Estate Planning is Nearing (maybe!) – Planning for the Remainder of 2012, Gainesville, Florida, September, 2012. 
  • 2012 Legislative Law Update, Gainesville, Florida, June, 2012. 
  • Florida Bar CLE, Agricultural Law Update, Estate Planning for Landowners, Gainesville, Florida, November, 2011. 
  • Charitable Trusts, Meridian Planned Giving Seminar, Gainesville, Florida, June, 2011. 
  • Estate Tax Relief: It’s Finally Here, at Least for Two More Years, FICPA North Central Florida Chapter, Gainesville, Florida, June, 2011. 
  • 2011 Legislative Law Update, Gainesville, Florida, September, 2011. 
  • Employment Law Issues, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Entrepreneurship Law Course, Gainesville, Florida, February 2011 and February 2012.

Publications: 

  • “Florida Legislature Clarifies Remedies Available to Judgment Creditors of Members of Florida Limited Liability Companies,” co-authored with John C. Bovay, published in September 2011 Newsletter of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association. 
  • “Temporary Tax Relief Provides Significant Planning Opportunities for Small Business Owners,” co-authored with Michael D. Minton and Robert J. Naberhaus III, published in Farm Credit of Central Florida, August, 2011. 
  • “Back to the Future for Estate Planning,” co-authored with Michael D. Minton, published in Farm Credit Leader, December, 2010.