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Cristin Conley Keane

Cristin Conley Keane



Cristin Keane has extensive and varied experience with closely-held businesses, high net-worth individuals, and not-for-profit organizations. Cristin's experience with closely-held businesses includes limited liability company and S corporation agreement negotiation and drafting, succession planning, federal income and estate tax matters, ISO and nonqualified stock option plan analysis and drafting, and Section 409A deferred compensation analysis. She represents individuals with respect to their wealth and estate planning needs, particularly with respect to estates containing business interests. Her representation of not-for-profit organizations includes all facets of federal income taxation and state taxation, as well as contract matters and governance issues.

Cristin has experience in drafting a variety of corporate and unincorporated entity agreements, including shareholders’ agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, distribution agreements, bylaws, redemption agreements, and limited liability company membership interest assignment agreements. She also advises and assists not-for-profit organization clients with preparation of organization documents and corporate governance policies, federal and state tax exemptions and compliance, regulatory agency and reporting requirements, and the creation of donor advised funds and endowments.

Cristin is board certified in Tax Law by The Florida Bar and she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Graduate Tax Law Program.

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  • Structured the merger of nationally recognized tax-exempt public charities.
  • Created estate and business succession plans for founders of highly successful businesses. 
  • Represented charter schools throughout Florida in obtaining federal tax exempt status. 
  • Represented multiple national construction companies in negotiating and structuring joint ventures with total contract values exceeding $200 million. 
  • Restructured a mid-size cardiology group. 
  • Served as tax counsel to Florida-based re-insurance company in significant domestic and foreign tax matters. 
  • Drafted foreign distributor agreements for major international food service corporation.

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  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Lawyer of the Year" in The Best Lawyers in America (2016, 2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 
    • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Tax Law (2015-2019)
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2018)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, Tax (2006-2018)
  • Listed in Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite (2006-2007, 2014)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers ,Tax (2013-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009 and 2011-2012)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Certified in Tax Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education 
      • Tax Section
        • Chair (2014-2015)
        • Chair-Elect (2013-2014) 
      • Tax Section, Long Range Planning Committee
        • Co-Director (2010-2012) 
      • Tax Section, Education Division
        • Co-Director (2005-2006) 
      • Tax Section, Section Administration Division
        • Co-Director (2003-2005) 
      • Tax Section, Federal Tax Division
        • Assistant Director (2002-2003) 
      • Tax Section, New Tax Lawyers Committee
        • Vice Chair (2002-2003) 
      • Tax Section, C Corporations Committee, Federal Tax Division
        • Assistant Chair (2002-2006) 
      • Real Property and Probate Trust Law Section 
        • Chair, Real Estate Structures and Tax Committee (2014-2015)
  • Member, IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entity (TE/GE) Council–Gulf Coast Area
  • Florida Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act (Legislation enacted in 2005) 
    • Drafting Committee
  • American Bar Association Business Law Section
    • LLCs, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee, Membership Committee Co-Chair (2007-present) 
    • Member, Tax Law Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
    • Business Law Section 
    • Tax Law Section
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program 
    • Volunteer (1997 and 1998) 
    • Faculty Advisor (1999)
  • Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee of Hillsborough County

Speaking Engagements

  • "2018 Tax Act for the Real Estate Lawyer," American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Webinar (February 1, 2018)
  • “Unwinding the Myth of the Capital Account” American Bar Association Business Law Section (April 2013)
  • “Common Legal Issues and Traps for the Unwary Nonprofit Board Member,” Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (February 2013)
  • “Equity Compensation Tax Issues: Section 83,” Florida Bar Tax Section (February 2013)
  • “What RPPTL Lawyers Need To Know About Business Entities: Selection, Function, And Utilization,” Florida Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section (December 2012)
  • “Charitable Giving as Part of Your Estate Plan,” Equality Florida Legacy Society (October 2012)
  • “LLCs and Corporations: Corporate Counsel Fundamentals,” Association of Corporate Counsel, West Florida Chapter (August 2012)
  • “Policy Implications of the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act,” Crowe Horwath Webinar (February 2012)
  • “Nonprofit Organization Mergers,” Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative (February 2012)

Pro Bono

  • SCUBAnauts International, Inc. - Prepared original tax exemption and group tax exemption application.
  • Brad Richards Foundation, Inc. - Prepared organizational documents and tax exemption application.
  • Kids for Life, Inc. - Prepared organizational documents and tax exemption application.
  • Angel of Hope Memorial Garden, Tampa Bay, Inc. - Prepared organizational documents and tax exemption application.
  • We Feed the Hungry, Inc. - Prepared organizational documents and tax exemption application.
  • One Here … One There, Inc. - Prepared organizational documents and tax exemption application.
  • Westshore Alliance, Inc. - Assisted with exemption application for low income housing project and formation of community land trust.
  • Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council - Reviewed bylaws and corporate governance structure.


  • University of Florida College of Law (LL.M., 1998)
  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • Duke University (B.A., 1994)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Tax Law
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Florida State Courts


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