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Alan S. Gassman is an attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida with the firm of Gassman Law Associates, P.A. Mr. Gassman’s primary practice focus over the past 23 years has been on the representation of physicians, business owners, and high net worth individuals in estate planning, taxation, and business and personal asset structuring.  Mr. Gassman has a law degree and a Master of Law degree (LL.M.) in Taxation from the University of Florida, and a business degree from Rollins College.


He is board certified by the Florida Bar Association in Estate Planning and Trusts Law, and is a commentator for the Leimberg LISI Estate Planning Network, past President of the Pinellas County Estate Planning Council, and co-chair and lecturer for two annual Florida Bar Tax Section conferences  (Physician Representation and Wealth Conservation). He is also an Executive Council Member of the Florida Bar Tax Section. 


Mr. Gassman has published over 150 articles in national publications on estate tax planning, limited partnerships, asset protection, and medical practice planning.  Mr. Gassman is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has been quoted on many occasions in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Florida Trend, Modern Healthcare, Medical Economics, Modern Health Care, and many other publications. 


In 2004, Mr. Gassman was selected for inclusion in the Florida Trend magazine “Legal Elite”, which selected “the top 846 lawyers” in Florida based upon independent specialist lawyer evaluation.  In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Gassman was selected for inclusion in “Florida Super Lawyers”, which profiles the “top 5 percent of Florida lawyers” based upon peer review surveys and advisory boards.  He has also been listed in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the Southeast, Who’s Who in Science & Industry, and Who Buys All the Who’s Who Books?






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Practice Areas


  1. Corporate & Incorporation: 25%
  2. Tax: 25%
  3. Health Care: 25%
  4. Estate Planning: 25%



Hourly ($475/hour)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Smilie Gregg Rogers

    I have not worked with this lawyer but I follow the law firm's Thursday Report (e-mail newsletter) and am always very impressed by the scope and detailed legal (tax) analysis that this firm employs with respect to their practice. If and when I have a Florida estate planning or tax issue, this would be one of my first calls.


    Smilie Rogers Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Phillip Bruce Rarick

    Alan Gassman is one of the leading thinkers in Florida and nationwide on estate tax planning. As a fellow estate planning attorney, I regard Mr. Gassman as the most innovative estate planning attorney in Florida. Every physician should read his book Creditor Protection For Florida Physicians.


    Phillip Rarick Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Gassman Law Associates, P.A.

1245 Court St
Ste 102
Clearwater, FL, 33756-5856


FLMember in Good Standing198309/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 5% of Florida LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2008
Top 5% of Florida LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2007
Top 5% of Florida LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2006
Top 1.8% of the Best Lawyers in FloridaFlorida Trend's2004
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1998
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law1997
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1996
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1995
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1994
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1993
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1992
RecognitionWho's Who in American Law -Marquis1991
Board Certified - Estate Planning and Trusts LawFlorida BarN/A
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGassman, Bates & Associates, P.A.1987 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Tampa Bay Legal Studies Foundation, Inc.Chairman2007 - Present
The Florida Bar Tax SectionExecutive Council2003 - Present
Law & Leading AttorneyMember1996 - 2000
Journal of Asset ProtectionBoard of Advisors1994 - 1999
BNA Tax and AccountingCommentatorN/A
Florida Bar Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Florida Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Florida Bar, Health Law SectionCo-chairN/A
All Children's Hopsital Foundation Annual Estate, Tax Legal and Financial Planning SeminarBoard of AdvisorsN/A
Florida Bar Tax Section ConferenceCo-ChairN/A
Leimberg Information ServicesCommentatorN/A
National Association of Estate Planners & CouncilsMemberN/A
American Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Pinellas County Estate Planning CouncilPresidentN/A
Leadership Planning Committee for the Annual Estate Tax Legal and Legal Financial SeminarMemberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Probate Practice ReporterRe-Tooling Estate Plans After ATRA 2012 for Married Couples with Estates Safely Under $10.5 Million2013
Wealth ManagementThe Estate Planner's Guide to the Right to Die2013
Estate Planning magazineJEST Offers Serious Estate Planning Plus for Spouses2013
Business EntitiesPass Through Entities Have Charging Order Law2012
Medical EconomicsA Gift from the Feds that will Protect Your Assets2012
Estate Planning magazineThe Role of Credit Shelter Trusts Under the New Estate Tax Law2011
Estate Planning magazineCurious Consequences of the Current Estate Tax Regime2011
BNA Estates, Gifts and Trusts JournalFlorida Supreme Court Surprises Practitioners with LLC Charging Order Opinion2010
BNA Tax & AccountingUnconventional Uses of 529 Plans Should Not Be Ignored By Taxpayers and Their Advisors2010
The Florida Bar JournalAfter Olmstead - Will a Multiple-Member LLC Continue to Have Charging Order Protection?2010
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Mistakes Doctors Make Managing Their Practices and Investments2009
The Florida Bar JournalCreditor Rights Under Private Annuities and Grantor-Retained Annuity Trusts in Florida2009
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Recent Adventures in Florida Tenancy by the Entirety- Important Developments2009
Estate Planning MagazineThe Estate Planner's Guide to New Parent F Reorganizations2008
Trust & Estates MagazineAvoid Catastrophe- Know the Bankruptcy Code to Ward Off Devastating Surprises to an Estate Plan2007
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Creditor Protection for Physicians- Most Common Mistakes2006
ABA Health eSourceHow the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention And Consumer Protection Act Affects the Planning for Physicians and Physician Practices2006
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.8 Common LLC Planning Errors2006
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.New Bankruptcy Bill- Who Pays It?2005
American Bar Association publicationEstate Planning Checklist for the Successful Professional2005
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Freeman v. First Union National Bank: Florida Supremes Tell Creditors to take a Midnight Train to Georgia2004
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.FLP Strategies: Ten Ways to Avoid A Strangi-Ling2003
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Bosonetto- The Latest Asset Protection Planning Dance Craze2002
Leimberg Information Systems, Inc.Offshore Life Insurance: A Potent Wrapper for Ordinary Income Investments2002
Thomas ReutersCommon Mistakes Estate Planners Make Regarding Asset Protection2002
SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast and the Hernando County Medical SocietyWhat Every Doctor Should Know2001
Leimberg Information Services, Inc.The Ten most Common Mistakes that Estate Planners make with Respect to Asset Protection2001
The Practical LawyerTax Aspects of Stock Options: Questions, Answers, and Planning Tips2001
Journal of Asset ProtectionIs Moving A Professional Practice From One Entity to Another A Fraudulent Transfer?1999
The Practical Tax LawyerComparing the GRAT to the Installment Sale to a Defective Grant or Trust, and Who's Afraid of the Exhaustion Test?1999
The Practice Tax LawyerAlaska Spawns a New Trust: Alaskan and Other Asset Protection Trusts (with Sample Clauses)1998
Physician Practice DigestPrying Open the Flood Gates - The PPD File1998
Journal of Asset ProtectionTax Planning for Offshore Trust Arrangements1997
Florida Healthcare Report and Hosptial NewsPrescription for Avoiding Disaster in your Medical Practice1997
Journal of Asset ProtectionImplementing Asset Protection Strategies to Protect the Medical Practice1996
The Practical Tax LawyerHow to Use and Maintain Family Limited Partnerships1996
Journal of Asset ProtectionPlanning With S Corporations After the Small Business Act of 19961996
ABA The Practical Tax LawyerA Client's Guide to Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts1995
The Medical Staff Counselor, Volume 7, Number 2Structuring Group Medical Practices: Liability Insurance, Retirement Plan Considerations, and Ownership Transition1993
ABA The Practical Tax LawyerExplaining Crummey Powers to Clients1993
The Medical Staff Counselor, Volume 6, Number 4Structuring Group Medical Practices: Shareholder and Partnership Agreements1992
The Medical Staff CounselorEmployee v. Independent Contractor: Tax and Other Considerations for Group Practices1992
ABA The Practical Tax LawyerAn Introduction to Generation Skipping1990
The Practical LawyerUsing Two Trust Estate Plans1990
Prentice Hall Law & BusinessProtecting the Shareholders of S Corporations1989
The Practical LawyerWhat You Need to Know About TAMRA 19881989
ALI/ABA publicationTax Planning for Corporations under TRA 19861988
ALI/ABA publicationPlanning with QTIPs1986
Estate Planning MagazineThe 10 Most Common Mistakes that Estate Planners Make in Asset Protection MattersN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Rollins CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Universrity of FloridaLawLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Representing the PhysicianTen Common Mistakes That Physicians Make and How To Communicate These to Them2010
Florida Bar Wealth Preservation ConferenceExemption and Debtor Rights Planning for the Floridian. Issues, Strategies, and Planning Considerations2010
BNA Tax & AccountingIndividual and Group Medical Practices: Tax, Health Law, and Creditor Protection Planning2010
Representing the PhysicianThe Nuts and Bolts of How to Structure Individual and Group Medical Practice Entities2009
Florida Bar Wealth Preservation ConferenceProtecting Business and Investments with Effective Planning2009
Trust Drafting and DesignTrust Drafting and Design2008
Florida Bar Wealth Preservation ConferenceCreditor Planning Under the New Trust Code2008
Florida Bar Wealth Preservation ConferenceFlorida Creditor Exemption Planning2008
Florida Bar Annual Wealth Conservation SeminarWealth Conservation2008
Florida Bar Annual Physician Representation SeminarPhysician Representation2008
All Children's Hosptial FoundationHow Our Trusts Are Different Than They Were Two Years Ago2008
What Estate Planners Should Know About Asset ProtectionAsset Protection2007
Northwest Florida Estate Planning CouncilAsset Protection Planning- Hot Topics and Essential Information for the Estate Planner2006
Annual Wealth Protection SeminarAnnual Wealth Protection 2006, The Hot Topics in Asset Protection Planning; Exemptions and Immunities Now More Important Than Ever2006
The Florida BarHow to Put Together Protection Systems That Work: Strategic Planning With Wealth Protection Systems2005
Representing the PhysicianSurvival of The Fittest or Smartest? What the Physician's Advisor Should Know About Malpractice Insurance Tort Reform, Going Bare and Asset Protection Developments2005
National Business InstituteFully Utilizing the Advantages of Limited Liability Companies in Florida2005
All Children's Hospital FoundationDynamic Strategies for Wealth Management with an Update on Recent Law Changes2005
National Business InstituteSurvey of Practice Planning Techniques for the Large Estate Plan in Florida2004
National Business InstituteFamily Limited Partnership and Limited Liability Companies in Florida2004
Florida Bar Tax Section of Wealth PreservationAn Asset Protection Lawyer Looks at 40 (Asset Protection Techniques)2004
FICPAEstate Tax Planning: Hot Topics and Recent Developments2004
Annual Florida Bar Taxation Health Law SeminarAsset Protection for Physicians and Medical Practices2004
Sterling Education Services SeminarPhysician and Medical Practice Asset Protection Planning, A Survey of Planning Techniques, Tax, Creditor, and Other Legal Concerns, and Recent Development Updates2003
National Business InstituteLegal Ethics for Professionals Handling Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies2003
Marion County Medical SocietyWhat Every Doctor Should Know2002
Hernando County Medical SocietyWhat Every Doctor Should Know2001
Florida Bar CLE Elder Law SeminarLimited Liabilities and LLCs, A Practice Guide for Estate Planners2001
Numerous Events 1999- PresentAsset Protection In the Estate Plan1999