Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

On June 26, 2015, in a landmark opinion, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, including territories. Married same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples nationwide and will be recognized on official documents such as birth and death certificates. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” Justice Kennedy wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.”

The attorneys of Allen Dell pride themselves on staying abreast of changes in laws affecting our clients. Marriage affects all couples upon health care crisis, divorce and death. Premarital agreements and trusts and other estate planning documents require periodic review to ensure that their provisions still apply and that their terms are being followed and taken into account while planning the future.

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Marian P. McCulloch Spoke at the 2015 State Court Trial Seminar

Marian P. McCulloch spoke on Opening Statements at the 2015 State Court Trial Seminar put on by the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division.

Super Lawyers & Rising Star Attorneys

Super Lawyers has selected Donna L. Longhouse, Marian P. McCulloch, Cynthia A. Mikos, Joseph W. N. Rugg, Amy D. Singer and Gary Walker for its 2015 designation as Super Lawyers. Michelle G. Hutt was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

For multiple years, Longhouse, McCulloch, Mikos, Rugg and Walker have all received this designation. This year marks ten consecutive years in which McCulloch, Rugg and Walker have been recognized.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement (

Congratulations to these distinguished attorneys.