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The Cantor Group

Steven L. Cantor

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
    • Juris Doctor with honors, George Washington University School of Law, 1975
    • George Washington Law Review, Senior Associate
    • Master of Laws in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1976

  • Distinctions
    • Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers, Latinvex, 2015
    • Latin Legal Stars, Latin Trade Magazine, 2014
    • Who’s Who Legal: Private Client Lawyers 2015, Who’s Who Legal 2015
    • “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
    • Best Lawyers/Law Firms in America, U.S. News, 2009-2015
    • Florida’s Best Lawyers 2016, Tax Law
    • Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide 2006-2013
    • Florida’s Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year 2013
    • Leaders List, Citywealth Magazine, 2011-2015
    • Leading U.S. International Lawyer, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009 – 2013 Editions
    • Best of the Best, Expert Guide 2012
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2015
    • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Legal Leaders, Tax Section, 2011
    • Citywealth Magazine Top 100 Wealth Advisors and Top 100 Wealth Advisors of the Americas , 2006-2011
    • Guide to the World’s Leading Trusts & Estates Practitioners, The Best of the Best USA, 2010
    • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation from the designation and the National Association of Realtors®
    • FIABCI International Property Consultant (FIPC) designation
    • Adjunct Professor, Florida International University, Masters in International Real Estate Program, 2006

  • Bar/Court Affiliations
    • Florida Bar
    • The District of Columbia Bar
    • United States Tax Court
    • New York Bar

  • Professional Affiliations
    • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”), former Chairman of the Miami Branch; Founding Member of the STEP Caribbean Conference Steering Committee; Member, International Committee; Editorial Board Member of STEP Journal USA Supplement, STEP Directory and Yearbook, United States Substantive Law Provisions
    • International Tax Planning Association, Member
    • National Association of Realtors®, Member
    • Florida Bar International Estate Planning Committee of the Florida Bar Tax Section, Vice-Chair and Member
    • American Bar Association, Member of the Tax, International and Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections
    • International Bar Association, Member, Individual Tax and Private Client Subcommittee

  • Recent Publications
    • Legal Ethical Issues in International Estate Planning – Estate Planning – June 2015 Issue >> view here
    • Working with Foreign Buyers, Tax Nightmares – Florida Realtor Magazine – April 2015 >> view here
    • Potential Legal Slip Ups – FLORIDA Realtor – April 2014>> view here
    • Rent-free use of Trust property: A trap for unwary US beneficiaries of foreign trusts – Cayman Financial Review – April 2012 >> view here
    • The disconnect between financial reporting and financial information needed for the preparation of US tax returns – Cayman Financial Review – January 2012 >> view here
    • Navigating the tax return minefield, Private Banker International, October 2011 >> view here
    • International Estate Planning for the Art Collector, Christies Bulletin – Summer Issue, 2011 >> view here
    • Steven L. Cantor Interview by Xalt.TV on the topic of “US Tax Planning for High Net Worth Families” >> view here
    • “The Internal Revenue Service 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative”, Cayman Financial Review, May 2011 >> view here
    • “The Newly Enacted Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and Its Potential Impact on the Cayman Financial Industry – How To Prepare”, Cayman Financial Review, Third Quarter 2010 >> view here
    • “What the Financial Professional Needs to Know About the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Provisions of the Newly Enacted HIRE Act”, Finance Publications Offshore, June 2010 >> view here
    • “Structuring Foreign Investment”, STEP USA, June/July 2008 >> view here

  • Community Involvement
    • University of Miami School of Law Graduate Tax Program, Adjunct Professor
    • President, B’nai B’rith Ko-ach Lodge, Miami 1987
    • King David Society, State of Israel Bonds
    • Former Board Member, American Jewish Committee, Miami Chapter
    • Senate Club Member, American Israel Political Affairs Committee
    • Member, Anti-Defamation League
    • Benefactor, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
    • Member, Dean’s Advisory Committee, George Washington University School of Law, 2000-2008
    • Benefactor, Lyric Society, Florida Grand Opera
    • Former Board Member, University of Pennsylvania Dade Alumni Association
    • Fellow of The Florida Bar Foundation

  • Languages
    • English
    • Spanish

Steven L. Cantor

Steven L. Cantor is the managing partner of our law firm. Mr. Cantor received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, a Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University School of Law in 1975 while serving as a Senior Associate on the George Washington Law Review, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1976. He also spent a semester of college studying in London, England.

Mr. Cantor founded and has served as the Chairman of the Miami Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) based in London, England and also was a member of the STEP Worldwide Council. He was one of the four founding members of the Steering Committee of the Annual STEP Caribbean Conference. For his services to the organization Mr. Cantor received the 2011 STEP Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Chapter of the International Real Estate Federation (known by its acronym in French as “FIABCI”) and was one of the original creators of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) program now operated by the National Association of Realtors®. He has also received the CIPS designation and the FIABCI International Property Consultant (FIPC) designation.

For over 30 years Mr. Cantor has lectured and has written extensively on international tax and international estate planning topics as well as the structuring of foreign investment in United States real estate. He is a member of the Tax and International Sections of the Florida Bar and the Tax, International and Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections of the American Bar Association.

He is also a member of TIGER 21, described by Forbes as “North America’s premier peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth investors.”

Our law firm is a member of the Geneva Group International (GGI), a leading worldwide alliance of well-established and experienced accounting, consulting and law firms; and, Mr. Cantor serves as the Global Chairman of the Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group.

Born in Riverhead, New York and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, Mr. Cantor was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975, the District of Columbia Bar and the United States Tax Court in 1977, and the New York Bar in 2005. Mr. Cantor has for over 25 years maintained the highest “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. Among various accolades, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in South Florida Legal Guide, Citywealth Magazine Top 100 Wealth Advisors and Latinvex “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers”. Based on positive peer reviews, The Cantor Group was also recently ranked among “Latin America’s Top 50 Law Firms” as a Sector Leader in Tax by Latinvex.