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Robert Mitchell Trinkler

Litigation Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1993
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    The firm's litigation practice specializes in probate, trust and guardianship litigation.

    31 years, 100 cases

  2. Guardianship
    Robert served as general counsel for the largest private corporate professional guardian in the State of Florida. In such capacity, he has been entrusted to manage and oversee more than $100 Million in combined investments, real property and related assets.

    31 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate
    The firm handles contested and uncontested probate, guardianship and trust administration

    31 years, 1,000 cases

Robert M. Trinkler is a partner at Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. He has practiced law in South Florida for more than 20 years and has served as counsel of record in more than 2,000 guardianship, incapacity, and probate proceedings.
Robert has also successfully handled hundreds of adversarial guardianship and probate matters. Before joining the firm, Mr. Trinkler served as general counsel for the largest private corporate professional guardian in the State of Florida. In such capacity, he was entrusted to manage and oversee more than $100 million in combined investments, real property, and related assets.
Robert has extensive experience in all aspects of guardianship, incapacity, Baker Act, Marchman Act, probate, and trust proceedings. Throughout his career, Mr. Trinkler has received numerous judicial appointments as counsel for guardianships, including several high profile and high net worth individuals. Robert has been a featured presenter to attorney, physician, and guardianship associations on the topics of guardianship, end of life care, and exploitation of the elderly.

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Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.
515 E Las Olas Blvd
Suite 1050
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301

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Posted by Dale | September 8, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
So impressed!!!!!
I was given Mr Trinkler's number by the office of Cheryl Bucker when I called about a possible guardianship matter for an elderly relative I care for. Mr Trinkler was so helpful, kind and understanding. He listened patiently and was supportive and gave me wonderful and helpful advice. There was no charge for this initial contact, but he fully informed me what charge there would be if I wanted to proceed with a certain matter. However, he was glad to give me advice to avoid further issues! I have no words to say how impressed I was with his patience, understanding and helpful advice. If I do need further legal assistance, I would seek out Mr Trinkler with no hesitation! Thank you Mr Trinkler!
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gave us very sound counsel
We contacted his office by referral from another office. He provided us with a free 20 minute phone conversation about the potentials of our situation, after he reviewed documents I sent him via email, on pdf format. He explained why we did not have a good case to pursue, and was very compassionate about how we might feel about the fact that it wasn't something we could do well to pursue. He also laid out the options of what the potentials might be if we did want to pursue it. We felt very peaceful after speaking to him, even though we decided not to pursue it. It was a pleasure to speak with Attorney Trinkler and we appreciate the advice.
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I called Mr. Trinkler's office to get some information about my mother's trust. He reviewed the documents I sent and gave me valuable advice. Mr. Trinkler was very kind and it was obvious that he is very knowledgeable in his field. Thank you.
Posted by Cheryl | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate Lit matter
I hired Robert Mitchell Trinkler about 3 years ago. From my initial phone conversation I felt confident Robert Trinkler would come through for me. I thank Robert for meeting all the challenges posed in my father's estate and brought this matter to an amicable resolution with incredible compassion. I would describe Robert Trinkler as personable, compassionate, sincere, and a brilliant negotiator. Robert's integrity and character remains unprecedented!!!
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Posted by Jennifer | November 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Robert represented me in pursuing Guardianship for my elderly mother. The process is emotional, stressful and complicated. He was by far, the most empathetic, patient and accessible attorney I have ever worked with. His expert knowledge of the intricacies of the law as it relates to Guardianship make him an invaluable resource if you are considering this endeavor. I highly recommend him and his entire team.
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Posted by Christine | February 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aggressive attorney who will fight for you
If you’re looking for an attorney who has extensive knowledge of Guardianship law, an expert and master in litigation and with a heart to help you win, Mr. Robert M. Trinkler is that person. He is without question, the best of the best. In my particular situation, I had worked with a different attorney trying to protect my 89-year old mom from having all her rights removed after my sister, acting in retaliation and control, petitioned for mom to be declared incompetent and have Plenary Guardianship granted to her. It was extremely important for me to protect mom from this unwarranted and unjust petition and preserve all her legal rights. However, we were completely let down by the attorney and a Court Order was issued removing all moms’ rights. Greatly disappointed and heartbroken for mom, I felt hopeless in this situation and desperate to find someone who could reverse the unfortunate ruling. After viewing a video on the website for Adrian Philip Thomas Law Firm, I contacted them, hopeful for any help. That same day I received a call back from Mr. Robert M. Trinkler and I briefly described to him what had happened. He quickly grasped the scope of the situation and counseled me on all my options. Mr. Trinkler’s council was heartfelt and his confidence that he could help me gave me renewed hope. His abundant knowledge about Guardianship was immediately apparent and very impressive. His tone was always calm and reassuring. After my first conversation with Mr. Trinkler, I was sure my prayer in my search for help had been answered. Mr. Trinkler immediately went to work on my case and later filed a Suggestion of Capacity for mom. The subsequent medical examination determined mom’s competency beyond any doubt; however, the opposing side continued a bitter and untruthful battle to prevent restoration of mom’s legal rights. At the recent Hearing, speaking before the Honorable Judge who would make the final determination whether or not to restore all moms’ rights, Mr. Trinkler was flawless. His demeanor was the perfect blend of authority and calmness and when speaking, his knowledge of the law flowed effortlessly. After Mr. Trinkler masterfully presented his argument on my mom’s behalf, the presiding Honorable Judge ordered full restoration of mom’s rights. I will never forget and I’ll always be grateful to Mr. Trinkler and his wonderful staff for all their help. I don’t believe we would have gotten this hard fought victory without Mr. Trinkler’s exceptional expertise, his ingenious knowledge of the law and his sincere heart to help those who really need help. I believe that Mr. Trinkler is the best lawyer in the state and I’m confident you’ll agree with me if you have opportunity to use him for your legal issues.
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Posted by Stephanie | February 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Guardianship - Elder Abuse
I started conservatorship proceedings in the State of CA for my senior Aunt who suffered from dementia. She was abducted and moved to the State of Florida where she was being exploited. One would think that this would be a simple “open and shut case” however; that is the furthest from the truth. In a world where our court systems are inundated with similar cases, it’s difficult for these Judges to keep up with the demand therefore these things can easily slip through the cracks. After 6 months of getting know where in the State of CA, only to be dismissed because of jurisdictional reasons, Mr. Trinkler managed to run with this in the State of FL. He convinced the Judge for adversarial proceedings where it was uncovered that my Aunt suffered medical and financial abuse. I am pleased to announce that we settled and now my Aunt is safe from harm’s way. I highly recommend hiring Robert Trinkler and Daniel McDermott men of great character, strength, tenacity..these men will get the job done as quickly as possible!
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Posted by Jim | September 14, 2014
In my opinon an attorney I would consider "The Best of the Best"
What I learned from my experience with an extremely complex probate case is in order to win a client must have the best and most effective representation possible. It’s rare to find an overly talented attorney like Mr. Robert M. Trinkler who hands down met and exceeded my expectations by setting an objective to receive a set monetary award which was the final outcome of my case. The adversarial opposing counsel that we were up against was a large Florida firm with a staff of over 300 attorneys. Regardless of their size, having vast access to sources and top of the cream attorneys in this area of law, filing countless counterclaims and innumerable attempts to block our subpoenas in the end all proved ineffective for them. The success of my case is directly attributed to Robert’s brilliant tactical abilities, possessing an encyclopedic legal mind which is most effectively used in front of a judge and to generate air tight filings, a tenacious demeanor all of which were demonstrated and consistently implemented throughout my case. For all the stress most legal challenges pose having representation that excels and defeats a large and reputable firm speaks volumes in my experience. As a result, I would highly recommend Robert Trinkler to anyone needing significant legal assistance and expertise.
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Posted by Jeffry | February 18, 2014
Estate review, consultation and litigation
Atty Trinkler was an outstanding advocate for my estate dispute. He took the time to listen to my case, research all the issues extensively, and made suggestions that made my case stronger. Estate litigation is messy business, and Roberts advice and council made a bad situation better ... And in the process ran rings around opposing council. I am very glad he was on my side. The extensive experience, estate knowledge and professional fortitude proves his reputation as the best estate litigation atty in FL, (maybe in the country) .... Anyway, I highly recommend Atty Robert Trinkler... You wil NOT be disappointed.
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Posted by Susan | June 2, 2013
A well deserved review
My mother and I hired Mr.Trinkler to obtain a guardianship and incapacity order for the benefit of my mentally ill sister who resides in Fla. I am writing this because I have never been so impressed by an attorney, I have worked for the courts and legal system for years and have hired my share of lawyers for various needs. He is the first one that ever gave me an answer without having to "look it up" or "get back to me" on that. He has gone out of his way on several occasions, once to be at a Baker Act hearing (which was more for my moms emotional support). We are and continue to employ him for representaion. I trust you will be just as satisifed and impressed should you hire him.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • South Florida Guardianship Program, Inc.
  • 1993 - 2011


  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1992
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: Guardianship of J.B.


  • Broward County Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
  • Boward County Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Co-Chair
  • 2007 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognition for performance as Co-Chair/Elder Law Committee
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Abuse of the Elderly: What are the signs and what can a professional do?
  • 2013
  • Florida Bar
  • End of Life Care Act
  • 2004
  • Annual Meeting Palm Beach, Florida
  • Incapacity, Guardianship and Guardianship Avoidances
  • 2002
  • Annual Conference Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • A Guardian’s Fiduciary Responsibility
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
Endorse Robert
Litigation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert Trinkler is an exceptional lawyer. He has represented individuals I know and has litigated their cases to conclusion with excellent outcomes. He is professional, skillful in the courtroom and experienced. I would have no problem recommending him to anyone who needs a guardianship or probate attorney."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robert since childhood. We attended the same college (Emory University) and law school (Nova Southeastern University). He is a highly skilled attorney and an amazing advocate for his clients. I endorse Robert with great pleasure."
Guardianship Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Mr Trinkler for over 10 years. Mr. Trinkler has extensive litigation experience related to contested guardianship proceedings and the probate courts in South Florida. He is well known among his peers in the guardianship community in Broward County. I do refer contested probate and guardianship cases to his firm."
Litigation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Robert Trinkler is an excellent attorney who advocates for his clients in an effective manner. He is one of the few litigation attorneys who has a special interest, skill, and ability in the fields of estate, trust, and probate litigation. These cases can be quite difficult and challenging. Robert has a proven track record of working through these issues to get the job done on behalf of his clients. You are in good hands with the legal representation of Robert Trinkler and his firm."
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