John Raymond of Broad & Cassel.
John Raymond of Broad & Cassel. (Courtesy photo)

Broad and Cassel has opened an office in the town of Palm Beach and hired former Akerman partner and veteran estate planning attorney John Raymond as a partner.

A trust and estates lawyer since 1968, Raymond joined his one-lawyer Palm Beach office with Akerman in 2010 after many years with Butzel Long of Detroit. He said the switch to Broad and Cassel, which occurred in April, has meant keeping almost all but his email address the same.

“My clients for the most part are smaller business owners more suited for a local regional firm,” Raymond said.

Raymond said his practice continues to concentrate on income tax, estate and gift tax and other related tax and financial matters. He also has a special focus on counseling owners and management of closely-held business-on-business valuation, income tax, reorganization, investment, asset protection, and estate tax planning for business owners and their families. He will work with a team of five paralegals.

In March, Broad and Cassel expanded its health law and bankruptcy practice groups, with the addition of partners Frank Terzo and Michael Lessne. In January, the firm also announced the lateral hiring of partner Gary M. Freedman in the bankruptcy and commercial litigation practice groups.

The new Palm Beach office marks Broad and Cassel’s tenth office in Florida. The firm said in a statement that its estate planning and trusts group has seen growth in recent years, including expansion into probate litigation.

Broad and Cassel partner Holly O’Neill, who co-chairs the firm’s estate planning and trusts practice group, said the firm has placed a heavy emphasis on growing and expanding its estate planning practice.