William Kalish

Johnson Pope

Naples, Florida 34102


Business, Commercial, Contract, Employment, Partnership Disputes, Probate, Shareholder Disputes, Tax, Trusts and Estates

William Kalish focuses his practice on representing individuals and businesses on a broad range of tax and business related issues. Bill assists individual clients and their families in accomplishing their short term and long term estate planning goals by planning for and creating wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts, private foundations, and limited partnerships.

Bill also practices in probate administration, asset preservation, business succession planning for family-owned entities, and the division of business interests in the context of divorce. He has extensive experience in representing individual, estate, and corporate clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, The Florida Department of Revenue, and local government entities regarding audits, collections and other disputes, both civil and criminal. Bill assists businesses with choice-of-entity planning, the formation of business entities, corporate mergers, corporate acquisitions, and business separations. He also assists with business contracts, such as the preparation, review and negotiation of employment agreements, lease agreements, and shareholder agreements.

Bill has over 30 years of experience in the areas of tax and professional ethics. He has also served as an adjunct professor for estate planning at Stetson University College of Law since 2011.


  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1970; with honors
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1967


  • The Florida Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. Claims Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Board Certified in Tax Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator, Florida Supreme Court
  • The Best Lawyers in America Sine 2005, Listed in Florida for Tax Law and Trusts and Estates Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine 2006-2016, Listed in Florida for Tax, Estate Planning & Probate, and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite 2010, Listed for Tax
  • The Cardozo Society of Tampa Bay, 2015 Leadership Award
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division Alumni
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1980-Present; Collection Taxpayer Services, Service Center Operations Subcommittee, Past Chairman, 1981-1987; Taxation Section, Past Vice Chairman, 1987-1990, Past Chairman, 1990-1992, Administrative Practice Committee, Past Membership & Marketing Committee Chair 1994-1996
  • Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1989-1996; Chairman, 1993-1994; Emeritus Member, 1995-Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Professional Courtesy Committee, Chairman, 1996-Present; Peer Review Committee, Chairman, 1996-Present; Bar Foundation, Current Member and Former Chairman
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, Member since inception,1997-Present; Subcommittee Chair of Local Professionalism Panel, Member since inception, 2013-Present
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, Treasurer, 1994-2004; President, 2005-2006; Master, 1991-Present
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Member, 1970-Present
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13-A, Chair, 1984-1986
  • The Florida Bar, Board of Governors, 1998-2002; Chair, Budget Committee 2001-2002; Co-Chair, Audit Committee; Tax Section Liaison to Board of Governors; Annual Convention Committee, 2009-Present
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, Former Board Member and Chair; Financial Committee, Member, 2010-Present
  • Menorah Manor Nursing Home, Board Member
  • Southern Legal Counsel, Board Member, 2006-Present; Vice-Chair, 2010-2013; Chair 2013-2015
  • Stetson Law School, Adjunct Faculty (Estate Planning), 2011-Present
401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100
Tampa, FL 33602

P: 813-501-3956
E: [email protected]