Harris L. Bonnette Jr.
Florida Bar Board Certified
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Harris L. Bonnette Jr.

Harris is a native of South Carolina.  He concentrates his practice in all areas of Federal tax controversies including tax deficiency and collection due process litigation in U.S. Tax Court and refund, summons enforcement, and FBAR penalty litigation in U.S. District Court as well as all trust and estate disputes including will and trust contests, estate and trust litigation, and estate and trust administration.

After earning his LL.M. in Taxation degree, he became an attorney with Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel’s Office from 1990 to 1995, first in Austin, Texas and then in Jacksonville, Florida.  He joined Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball in 2011.

Harris is an adjunct professor for the Graduate Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami School of Law (2009 to present).  He is a frequent lecturer on topics in the areas of tax controversies and trust and estate disputes.  Harris lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Linda.

Areas of Practice

  • Tax Controversies
  • Trust and Estate Disputes
  • Probate Administrations
  • Trust Administrations

Education & Credentials

  • Washington University in St. Louis (LL.M. in Taxation, 1990)  
  • University of Miami (J.D., 1989)
  • University of Florida (B.S. in Agriculture, 1986)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Tax Lawyer
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admission

  • The Florida Bar
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • All U.S. District Courts in Florida
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships

  • Tax Certification Committee, The Florida Bar (Member 2011 – 2017; Chair 2014-2015)
  • Tax Section of the Florida Bar
    • Director, Long Range Planning Committee, 2018 – present
    • Director at Large, 2016 – 2018
    • Treasurer for the Tax Section, 2014- 2016
    • Secretary for the Tax Section, 2012 – 2014
    • Co-director of Education, 2009 – 2012
    • Member, Executive Council, 2003 – present
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
    • Liaison with Tax Section of Florida Bar, 2012 – present
    • Co-vice chair of the Estate and Trust Tax Planning Committee, 2009 – 2012
    • Circuit Representative for the 4th Circuit of Florida, 2005-2009
    • Member, Executive Council, 2005 – 2013

Publications and Presentations

  • The IRS and Their Pesky Summonses: A Primer on Enforcement and Common Defenses, The Florida Bar Journal (December 2016, Vol 90, No. 10)
  • The IRS Will Absolutely, Positively Not Pay Your Attorneys’ Fees (Or Will They?), The Florida Bar Journal (May 2010, Vol. 84, No. 5)
  • Fiduciary Administrative Challenges, The Duty of Disclosure, Florida Banking (March 2004, Vol. 19, No. 3) (co-authored with John P. Cole)

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