Williams Parker is pleased to announce its president, Ric Gregoria, a board certified expert in wills, trusts, and estates, has been named a 26th Edition “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America for his work in trusts and estates in Sarasota. The 26th Edition of Best Lawyers in America highlights the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. The “Lawyer of the Year” designation is awarded to only one lawyer in a specific practice area and location.
Eight additional Williams Parker attorneys were also named to Best Lawyers in America, including Charles D. Bailey, Jr. (Land Use and Zoning), John T. Berteau (Trusts and Estates), Michele B. Grimes (Real Estate Law), J. Michael Hartenstine (Real Estate Law), Patrick W. Ryskamp (Real Estate Law), William M. Seider (Real Estate Law), James L. Turner (Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates), and E. John Wagner, II (Tax Law). The firm was also named to The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2020.
Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. The 2020 Edition is based on more than 7.8 million evaluations.
Mr. Gregoria specializes in counseling high net worth individuals, families, and business owners regarding intergenerational wealth transfers and business succession matters. Ric has substantial experience planning with sophisticated estate planning techniques and business succession involving leveraging of exemptions and valuation discounting. He also represents fiduciaries in administrating complex estates and trusts. Ric’s clients regularly call on him to provide the legal insight and overall framework to efficiently integrate advice from out-of-state attorneys, financial advisors, accountants, and other professionals.