November 5, 2020 – Allen Dell, P.A. ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the eleventh consecutive year, announce the “Best Law Firms” rankings.  Allen Dell, P.A. has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list and regionally in 5 practice areas. Firms included in the 2021 “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 2021 rankings are based on the highest lawyer and firm participation on record, incorporating 8.3 million evaluations of more than 110,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms.

The 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 127 metropolitan-based 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 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”:

Metropolitan Tier 1


  • Family Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Metropolitan Tier 2


  • Family Law Mediation

Metropolitan Tier 3


  • Commercial Litigation
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law

October 5, 2020 – New Associate Joins Allen Dell

Allen Dell is pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Mytinger has joined the firm as an associate. Mr. Mytinger will focus his legal knowledge and expertise towards the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estates practice group.

Best Lawyers®

August 20, 2020 – Six Allen Dell Lawyers Named to 2021 ‘Best Lawyers’ List & One Lawyer Named to ‘Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch’ List

The Best Lawyers In America recently announced their 2021 Best Lawyers‘ list.  The following Allen Dell attorneys have been named as recipients of this outstanding recognition in the following areas of law:

   Donna L. Longhouse       Trusts and Estates

Miriam E. Mason

      Miriam E. Mason           Family Law

  Marian P. McCulloch Family Law & Collaborative Law: Family Law

Robert L. Olsen

        Robert L. Olsen       Commercial Litigation










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

Amy D. Singer

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










The Best Lawyers In America also recently announced their inaugural 2021Best Lawyers:  Ones to Watch‘ list.  The following Allen Dell attorney has received this distinguished recognition in the following area of law:

        Zachary L. Bayne              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.”

June 22, 2020 – Miriam E. Mason and Zachary L. Bayne Recognized as 2020 Florida Legal Elite


Miriam E. Mason has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ Hall of Fame.  The Legal Elite Hall of Fame is a distinguished group of attorneys who have consistently earned high rankings from their peers in the annual Legal Elite voting. 

Zachary L. Bayne has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite™ “Up & Comers.”  The “Up & Comers” list of 112 attorneys garnered the most votes in a special category for attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited leadership in the law and in their community. 

Both Ms. Mason and Mr. Bayne have been recognized in the practice area of Marital and Family Law and both confine their practice exclusively to Marital and Family Law matters.  Ms. Mason is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education.

For the 17th year, Florida Legal Elite has presented a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for recognition by their peers. The lawyers listed for 2020 exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by so doing, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues.  Florida Trend invited all in-state members of the Florida Bar to name attorneys whom they highly regard or would recommend to others. Voters were also asked to name three “up and coming” attorneys, and outstanding attorneys working in the government and non-profit sectors.  The 2020 list represents less than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida.  (

June 15, 2020 – Allen Dell Attorneys Named to 2020 Super Lawyers List

Five Allen Dell attorneys have been named to the 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list.  Two attorneys have been named to the 2020 Florida Rising Stars list.  The attorneys receiving these honors are:


Christine A. Hearn

Christine A. Hearn Family Law

Donna L. Longhouse       Estate Planning

Miriam E. Mason

Miriam E. Mason Family Law

Marian P. McCulloch       Family Law

Amy D. Singer

Amy D. Singer Family Law


Zachary L. Bayne  Family Law

Matthew P. Schnitzlein

Matthew P. Schnitzlein            Estate Planning










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 (


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March 23, 2020 – UPDATE – Treasury and IRS Delay Federal Tax Day from April 15 to July 15 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Following President’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that the tax filings and payments for all federal income taxes (including self-employment tax) due on April 15, 2020, regardless of amount, will now be due on July 15, 2020. 

This link provides more detail on the Treasury website:


January 1, 2020 – Robert L. Olsen and Zachary L. Bayne have become Allen Dell Shareholders effective January 1, 2020 

Allen Dell, P.A. is proud to announce that Robert L. Olsen and Zachary L. Bayne have become Shareholders in the firm effective January 1, 2020.

Mr. Olsen has over twenty-five years of trial practice, with extensive arbitration, jury, non-jury, and administrative trial experience.  Mr. Olsen represents clients in commercial litigation & transactions, and trusts & estates litigation.

Mr. Bayne concentrates his practice in marital and family law which includes dissolution of marriage litigation, domestic violence, paternity actions, spousal and child support, timesharing and post judgment matters.  Mr. Bayne is very active in the community, serving on various legal committees and councils, as well as serving the community through a number of service programs.

Both have contributed to Allen Dell’s success and the firm looks forward to their ongoing efforts in their new roles.


January 1, 2020 – The Federal SECURE Act Effective January 1, 2020 – Do The Changes Affect Your Tax & Estate Planning?

The Federal SECURE Act effective January 1, 2020 makes significant changes to the laws affecting qualified plan distributions.  Contact your Allen Dell lawyer to see if these changes affect your tax and estate planning.