As the founder and President of The Andersen Firm, my objective is to develop lifelong relationships with my clients, not short-term engagements. I treat my clients as friends because I want them to be my friends and to count on me to do my very best for them. It is my goal and the goal of our firm to make estate planning, estate settlement and probate an easy, comfortable and enjoyable process to the extent possible. There is no greater fulfillment than seeing a client smile and breath a sigh of relief when all is said and done. The most important things I bringto this whole processâ€”besides all the education, training, experience and knowledgeâ€”is being a good listener and explaining things in a simple, straightforward manner without all the legal language and process that can be so confusing.
I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and received a Degree in Engineering, then went on to serve in the U.S. Army commanding infantry units in the 101st Airborne Division and Second U.S. Infantry Division in Korea. After my military career, I earned my J.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Law and my LL.M in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law.
Iâ€™ve been practicing law for almost 25 years and have enjoyed many honors including serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Elizabeth Dole in the first Bush Administration, being an appointee of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the 16th Judicial Circuit, earning the Cleland Leadership Award at West Point, serving as Honor Committee Chairman during the worst cheating scandal in West Point's history and Senior Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Iâ€™m a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorney's and Wealth Counsel. Iâ€™m also a member of the Tennessee Bar, District of Columbia Bar and Florida Bar. Additionaly, I have also been appointed as an Accredited Estate Planner and National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.
If thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™ve learned throughout the years, and something that I hope everyone learns, is to enjoy your life no matter what you are doing, at work and at play. When Iâ€™m not working, you can catch me out fly fishingâ€”itâ€™s one of my favorite hobbies.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 1984
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I have worked with BIll on many different estate planning and asset protection matters for many years. I know him not only as an excellent attorney, but also as a compassionate, trustworthy, engaged, wonderful human being. Bill is known and highly respected nationally as an esteemed attorney and counselor in the fields of both estate planning and asset protection planning. He is very detail oriented, making sure his sophisticated planning techniques are carefully implemented to suit the particular client's goals and aspirations. Bill also has the ability to attract a team of co-workers and advisors who have the same characteristics as Bill of being bright, motivated to assist his clients, and detail oriented to get the client's project completed in a timely fastion. I would recommend Bill as the "go-to" attorney for anyone who is contemplating estate planning or asset protection planning.
Carol Gonnella Estate Planning Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1996||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Cleland Leadership Award - Honorary Committee Chairman||West Point||1976|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Estate Planners and Councils||Accredited Estate Planner||2001 - Present|
|United States of America||Deputy Assistant Secretary Department of Labor||1989 - 1990|
|University of Miami School of Law||Estate Planning||LL.M - Master of Laws||1996|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|West Point Military Academy||Law||Engineering||1976|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys||Estate Planning - Now and Beyond||2012|
|Florida Keys FICPA Chapter Weekend||Financial Advisors, Attorneys & CPAs Working Together: A Comprehensive Approach||2012|