Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is pleased to announce that attorneys John Paul Bratcher and Michael Sykes have graduated from Class IV of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC).
“I am extremely pleased by the amount of work and the effort put in by both John Paul (Bratcher) and Michael (Sykes) throughout the year,” said Mark R. Klym, partner-in-charge of Hahn Loeser’s Naples office. “What they learned from this program will position us to serve our clients needs well into the future.”
The Florida Fellows Institute was created by Florida ACTEC Fellows to develop the profession’s future leaders. The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. To graduate from the Institute, Bratcher & Sykes completed several sessions of in-depth educational presentations taught by ACTEC Fellows.
Bratcher focuses his legal practice in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, business law and succession planning, and fiduciary litigation. He earned his LL.M in Taxation with a Certification in Estate Planning from Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D. from the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University and a double bachelor’s in finance and business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been practicing at the firm since 2015.
In addition to graduating from ACTEC Florida Fellows Institute, Bratcher is active in several other Naples community organizations. He currently serves as vice president on the Board for Georgetown University Club of Naples and vice president for the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association. He formerly served on the Board of the NextGen Committee for the Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children from 2016-2018. In 2016, Bratcher graduated from the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s Growing Associates in Naples (“GAIN”) program, which is specifically designed for emerging leaders and professionals in Collier County ages 21-40.
Sykes focuses his legal practice in domestic and international tax matters including tax controversy, tax compliance, and gift and estate tax. He regularly advises trustees on fiduciary administration and has extensive experience helping clients understand various Internal Revenue Service programs. Sykes also has experience counseling clients through transactions involving the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) and the compliance requirements for assets held in a U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).
Sykes is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.