Title: U.S. Federal Tax


Russell B. Hale



Russell Hale

Firm: Akerman LLP
Address:CNL Center II at City Commons
420 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1200
Orlando, Florida 32801
United States of America
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Russ Hale brings nearly 30 years of experience to his practice, which includes a central Florida regional corporate, transactional and taxation practice; a statewide Florida banking, trust banking, bank regulatory and governmental affairs practice; and a nationally focused state and local tax practice. He has been recognized by both peers and clients for his work in tax and banking.


Areas of Practice


  • Alcohol Beverage Industry
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charity & Non-Profit
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Employment & Consulting Contracts
  • Estate & Family Wealth Planning
  • Estate and Trust
  • Fiduciary Advisory Services
  • Florida Legislative & Executive Lobbying
  • Foundations & Other Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Government
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Lending
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Non-Competes & Trade Secrets
  • Private Client Services
  • Privatization
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Real Property Tax Planning & Appeals
  • State & Local Tax Consulting
  • State & Local Tax Litigation and Controversy
  • State and Local Tax
  • Tax Legislation
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Taxation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trusts


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Florida Bankers Association - Government Relations Trust and State Tax Issues.
Huizenga Holdings, Inc. - Government Relations -State Tax Issues, State & Local Tax
Mears Transportation Group - General Corporate Matters

Professional Associations

    Florida Bar Tax Section

Leadership Orlando Graduate
The Florida Bar - Tax Section; Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
Oregon Bar Association - House of Delagates Member
Section Head, Akerman Senterfitt Orlando Office Corporate Department


"Documentary Stamp Tax Decision Benefits Investors," Florida Real Estate Journal, July 2005
"Florida Nonrecurring Intangible Tax," Florida Real Property Complex Transactions Manual, Fourth Edition
"Florida's Top Tax Traps," Orlando Business Journal - The Law Journal
"Doc Stamp Tax Controversy Frustrates Real Estate Plans," Florida Real Estate Journal, Volume 9, No. 8, April 2001
"Legislature Enacts Documentary Tax Reforms," The Florida Bar- Tax Section Bulletin, November 1997 - Volume XV Number 4
"1996 Revisions of the Subchapter S Provisions," Vault & Gavel - The Legal Journal for Florida Bankers Association, Volume II, Number II Fall/Winter 1997
"Documentary Stamp Tax on Florida Credit Transactions: The Evolution of Confusion," Vault & Gavel - The Legal Journal for Florida Bankers Association, Volume II, Number II Fall/Winter 1997
"Buy-Sell Safe Harbor Under Section 2036(c) Limited in Scope", The Journal of Taxation - Volume 71, Number 1, July 1989, A Warren, Gorham & LaMont Publication
"Using Section 83 Restricted Stock Plans in S Corporations," The Journal of Taxation - Volume 67, No.4, October 1987, A Warren, Gorham & LaMonte Publication

Professional Activities and Experience

Former Hillsboro (OR) Municipal Court Judge

Bar Admission

1986, Florida
1980, Oregon

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. Court of Claims
U.S. District Court, Oregon



1986: LL.M., University of Florida College of Law, Major: Taxation
1980: J.D., Williamette University College of Law
1977: B.A., Pacific University, magna cum laude