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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 reinsurance 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
  • Recipient of the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year Award by the Tax Section of The Florida Bar (2019).
  • "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 (2015-2020)
    • "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 (2013-2019)
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" (2009 and 2011-2012)
  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Tax Law

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Tax Section
      • Chair (2014-2015)
      • Chair-Elect (2013-2014) 
      • Co-Director, Long Range Planning Committee (2010-2012) 
      • Co-Director, Educational Programs Division (2005-2006) 
      • Co-Director, Section Administration Division (2003-2005) 
      • Assistant Director, Federal Tax Division (2002-2003) 
      • Vice-Chair, New Tax Lawyers Committee (2002-2003) 
      • Assistant Chair, C-Corporations Subcommittee, Federal Tax Division (2002-2006) 
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section 
      • Chair, Real Estate Structures and Taxation Committee (2014-2015)
  • 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) 
    • 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," ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Webinar (February 1, 2018).
  • “Unwinding the Myth of the Capital Account” ABA 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,” The Florida Bar Tax Section (February 2013).
  • “What RPPTL Lawyers Need to Know About Business Entities: Selection, Function, and Utilization,” The Florida Bar 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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