- AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers in America 2019, Trusts & Estates
Todd W. Fennell
Born in Vero Beach, Florida, Todd W. Fennell is the managing partner of our firm and a valued member of the Estate Planning & Tax Group. He focuses his practice on sophisticated estate and tax planning strategies for high net worth individuals and families. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, the highest such rating available to any individual lawyer.
Mr. Fennell’s areas of practice include tax planning strategies for high net worth individuals and families, complex estate planning and probate administration, family office administration, corporate and partnership tax, business formation, business acquisition and sale, and charitable planning.
Mr. Fennell graduated with high honors from the University of Florida College of Law, where he also earned a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation. While in law school, his goal-oriented mentality and drive for success led to several honors and distinctions including membership into the Order of the Coif, the Irving Cypen Scholastic Achievement Award, and the Richard B. Stevens Scholar Recipient. He was also the Chief Tax Editor and Assistant Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review. Upon graduation, Mr. Fennell practiced in the tax department at the large commercial law firm of Trenam Kemker in Tampa, Florida, before returning to Vero Beach and joining Gould Cooksey Fennell.
Mr. Fennell frequently lectures on the issues of estate tax and planning and probate and trust administration. He is admitted to practice before the tax court of the United States.
In addition to the law practice, Mr. Fennell is actively involved as a board member of various charitable and civic organizations including the Planned Giving Council of Indian River, the Environmental Learning Center Foundation and the Gifford Youth Activity Center. His commitment to community is deeply ingrained as an integral part of the Gould Cooksey Fennell firm culture.
Awards and Designations
- American Bar Association
- The Florida Bar Association, Tax Section and Real Property and Probate Section
- Indian River County Bar Association
- Indian River Estate Planning Council
- Environmental Learning Center Foundation Board of Trustees Chairperson
- Gifford Youth Activity Center Foundation Board of Trustees, Chairperson
- University of Florida (B.S., 1987)
- University of Florida, College of Law (J.D., 1990)
- University of Florida, College of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 1991)
Personal Interest or Leisure Activity
- Quail Hunting
- Florida Gator Sports