Richard R. Gans, a shareholder in the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite.

Richard R. Gans, a shareholder in the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite. The 2014 list of 1,165 Legal Elite attorneys represents less than 2% of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. Published in the July issue of Florida Trend, the list includes attorneys in private practice as well as top government and non-profit attorneys.

Actively practicing Florida attorneys were asked to name attorneys with whom they have personally worked and that they hold in highest regard and would recommend to others. Stringent voting guidelines were followed and votes were tallied by an independent research firm. A panel of previous Legal Elite winners, representing a variety of practice areas in cities across the state, reviewed the selection process and the list of finalists.

Gans is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in wills, trusts and estates and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating from the attorney rating site Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for an attorney's legal ability and professional ethics. He has been recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager, representing a level of excellence achieved by fewer than seven percent of the wealth mangers in the area. In addition to his numerous professional affiliations, he has served as a board member for many area non-profit organizations, including the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Woman's Exchange, Pines of Sarasota Foundation, and Sarasota Concert Association.

About Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A. - Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., has provided legal support to clients for over 37 years. Founded in 1976, it is a full service law firm concentrating in the areas of federal taxation, wills, trusts and estates, civil, trial, business, and real estate law. All ten attorneys at the firm are certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in their areas of expertise. The Florida Bar's certification process is rigorous, requiring years of legal experience, extensive peer review, and passage of a comprehensive written examination. The firm is located at 1515 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida; telephone 941-957-1900. For information, visit www.fergesonskipper.com.