November 1, 2018 – Allen Dell, P.A. ranked in 2019 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the ninth consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.  Allen Dell, P.A. has been ranked in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 5 practice areas.  Firms included in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

The 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas.  A “Law Firm of the Year” is named in 74 of the 75 nationally ranked practice areas.  Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.

Allen Dell, P.A. received the following rankings in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

Regional Tier 1


  • Family Law
  • Family Law Mediation
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Regional Tier 3


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law

August 28, 2018 – Frank J. “Sandy” Rief III Appointed to Henry B. Plant Museum Board of Trustees

Mayor Bob Buckhorn has appointed Frank J. “Sandy” Rief III to the Henry B. Plant Museum Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees is comprised of a diverse group of community leaders who are appointed by the Mayor of Tampa. The Board, along with Museum staff, have made the Henry B. Plant Museum an accredited, award-winning Museum that proudly serves the cultural community of Tampa Bay and visitors from around the world.

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August 15, 2018 – Seven Allen Dell Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® List

The Best Lawyers In America© recently announced their 2019 Best Lawyers®.  The following Allen Dell attorneys have been named as recipients of this outstanding recognition in the following areas of law:

Donna L. Longhouse      Trusts & Estates

Miriam E. Mason         Family Law

Marian P. McCulloch     Family Law

Robert L. Olsen

Robert L. Olsen    Commercial Litigation

Frank J. “Sandy” Rief, III Non-Profit/Charities Law & Trusts and Estates

Amy D. Singer

Amy D. Singer       Collaborative Law: Family Law & Family Law Mediation

Philip S. Wartenberg    Family Law









Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers® “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Allen Dell law firm, with 14 practicing attorneys, provides representation in over 20 areas of the law and serves the Tampa Bay area as well as clients throughout Florida.  For more information, go to

August 3, 2018 – Marian McCulloch, Co-Organizer with the Athena Society, Addresses Changing Climate with Regional Women’s Coalition

Marian McCulloch, co-organizer with the Athena Society, and Betty Castor, Athena Society president, presented a check for $1,500 to the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida as a donation to support the work of the Climate Council, a facilitated network of climate professionals that will advance regional understanding of climate change and support for planning and projects through education and information sharing.

An all-woman lineup of local science professionals delivered a fast-paced immersion in the economic, environmental and public health consequences of climate change for a group of sixty prominent women leaders from Tampa on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota.

The special program was coordinated by the Climate Council of Sarasota- Manatee, a program of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, at the request of the Athena Society, a Tampa organization that supports equality in education and career advancement for women.

The society’s president is Betty Castor, a former state legislator, Florida Commissioner of Education, and president of the University of South Florida. The speakers and panel discussion focused on the impacts of climate change on the food supply and human health as well as solutions that individuals, communities and industries can implement.

Event co-organizer and Athena Society member Penny Parks said of the workshop, “They rocked it out of the park! I can’t tell you how many people told us how incredible the event was! The best ever we were told.”  It was a “very welcome invitation” to reach an influential network of community leaders, said Jennifer Shafer, co-executive director of the Science and Environment Council.

July 9, 2018 – Donna Longhouse Drafts Florida Bar Tax Section White Paper

Donna Longhouse was a drafter of a Florida Bar Tax Section white paper concerning estate and gift tax law issues under the 2017 Tax Act.

July 6, 2018 – Donna Longhouse Presenter at Ullman Year in Review Florida Bar Tax Section Meeting

Donna Longhouse was a presenter at the Ullman Year in Review at the Florida Bar Tax Section meeting July 6, 2018.

June 18, 2018 – Six Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyers

Five attorneys from the Allen Dell law firm have been named to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list.  One attorney was named to the 2018 Florida Rising Stars list.  The attorneys receiving these honors are:


Donna L. Longhouse* Estate Planning & Probate

Miriam E. Mason

Miriam E. Mason Family Law

Marian P. McCulloch* Family Law

Amy D. Singer

Amy D. Singer    Family Law

Philip S. Wartenberg**     Family Law









Zachary L. Bayne Family Law









*Ms. Longhouse and Ms. McCulloch were also listed as 2018 Florida Super Lawyers Top 50 Women.

**Mr. Wartenberg is recognized for his 10th anniversary selected to Super Lawyers.

In addition to the named Super Lawyers, a number of Allen Dell’s attorneys have also been recognized in the following publications:  Best Lawyers of America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Legal Leaders.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys (

June 13, 2018 – The Florida Bar Honors Allen Dell Shareholder Philip S. Wartenberg with Award

On June 13, 2018, Allen Dell shareholder Philip S. Wartenberg was honored as a 2017-2018 recipient of the Florida Family Law Section’s “Chair Award of Special Merit.”

June 1, 2018 – Christopher P. Arnold installed on HCBA YLD Board of Directors

Allen Dell, PA is pleased to announce that attorney Christopher P. Arnold will be installed on the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors for 2018 – 2019.

May 31, 2018 – Zachary L. Bayne Elected to HCBA Marital & Family Law Section Executive Council

Allen Dell, PA is proud to announce that shareholder Zachary L. Bayne has been elected to the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Marital & Family Law Section Executive Council.