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Michael C. Vandormael

Michael C. Vandormael



Michael Vandormael represents U.S. and non-U.S. high net worth individuals and their families on various domestic and international tax matters. Having lived in Belgium and France, he understands the difficulties faced by families living in multiple jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Michael was a tax associate for a boutique international tax firm where he gained valuable experience in international taxation, estate and trust planning, business, and tax controversy matters.

Clients and Services

Michael works with startup entrepreneurs seeking to enter the United States temporarily with work visas or seeking to remain in the United States indefinitely with a green card. He represents family members looking to obtain U.S. residency on behalf of their parents, children, siblings, or spouses.

Immigration Policies and Compliance Programs

Michael assists corporate clients with their immigration programs and policies. He works to bring foreign national employees to the United States and keep them in the country with valid employment authorization on either long- or short-term assignments, using the various nonimmigrant temporary work visas available under U.S. immigration laws. He processes residency applications via the U.S. Department of Labor PERM program and, thereafter, files the necessary employment-based petitions with the governing U.S. agencies or via consular processing at the numerous U.S. Consulates overseas.

Entrepreneurs and Investors

Michael's services include counseling and preparing EB-5 petitions, and E-1 or E-2 treaty visa petitions for foreign investments as a means to emigrate to the United States.

Michael is fluent in French. He is also an avid golfer.


  • Conducted U.S. pre-immigration tax planning for nonresident aliens seeking temporary or permanent U.S. residency.
  • Advised U.S. persons on the voluntary disclosure of undeclared foreign accounts, assets, and income.
  • Advised foreign nationals on U.S. real estate investments and established various custom holding structures to minimize U.S. federal income and transfer taxes.
  • Advised foreign nationals on debt and equity financing for U.S. investments projects.
  • Advised U.S. and foreign persons on U.S. federal withholding and tax filing and reporting obligations.
  • Advised U.S. beneficiaries on foreign trust taxation and reporting obligations (DNI, UNI, throwback rules, Form 3520, etc.).
  • Advised U.S. citizens living abroad on various tax, estate planning, and succession matters, including application of EU succession regulations (“Brussels IV Directives”).
  • Advised U.S. persons on efficient tax planning of foreign operations, including analysis of CFC/PFIC regimes, FTC, check-the-box rules, and treaty-based planning.
  • Advised U.S. citizens and long-term green card holders on expatriation procedures and exit tax minimization/avoidance.
  • Advised foreign family business owners on expansion of their operations in the United States (business licensing, U.S. federal income/transfer tax, asset protection, and succession planning).
  • Advised high net worth noncitizen spouse on U.S. income and transfer tax consequences of a property settlement agreement and the division of marital assets incident to divorce.
  • Advised U.S. and foreign nationals on U.S. probate matters, including estate and trust administration.
  • Provided estate planning advice to high net worth individuals, including planning for wealth transfer tax minimization, portability, probate avoidance, asset protection, incompetency, and guardianship planning, etc.
  • Prepared estate planning documents, including, wills, trusts (CST, QTIP, QDOT, ILIT, IDGT, etc.), health care directives, powers of attorney, deeds, etc.
  • Represented taxpayers in tax controversies before the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue relative to personal and corporate income tax returns, payroll returns, state reemployment, and sales tax returns (OIC, IA, penalty abatements, collection, etc.)
  • Advised tax-exempt organizations of tax filing and reporting obligations, including the analysis of income-producing activities subject to the unrelated business income tax.


  • Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Equal Justice Pro Bono Large Firm Award (2018)


  • University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 2011)
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • Eckerd College (B.A., high honors, 2005)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
  • French
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Florida State Courts


  • Barbosa Legal, Miami Beach, FL
  • Global Tax and Estate Counsel LLP, Miami, FL
  • Vasallo Sloane, P.L., Miami, FL


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