ORLANDO, Florida — Janet E. Martinez, firm partner of Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. , was recently selected as a 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Taxation Law by ALM.   ALM, a provider of news and information to the legal industry, teamed up with Martindale-Hubbell™ to highlight “Top Rated Lawyers” in a recent issue of the Daily Business Review.  ALM is a global leader in specialized business news and information with media properties, which include Law.com, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal and The New York Law Journal.

Martinez, head of the firm’s DeLand office, earned her law degree (J.D., 1978) from Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1975, summa cum laude.) She brings clients more than 30 years of experience in estate planning, with emphasis on complex tax issues, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, international tax and estate planning, non-profits, and business law.  Martinez speaks several foreign languages, but focuses on a bilingual practice including Spanish to best serve the growing Spanish-speaking clientele in the areas.  She has been published both nationally and internationally.

Especially noted for her leadership in the Volusia and Flagler communities, including serving as the treasurer of the Volusia United Way Women’s Initiative, the president of the Volusia County Women’s Network, and as a member of the Latino Advisory Committee to the Volusia County School Board, her contributions also extend to serving as Legal Advisor to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. In addition, she is known for her pro bono work with Alianza de Mujeres Activas, Inc. a Northwest Volusia County group focused on generating food and funding for women and families in need. The Volusia County Bar honored her with the 2007 Volusia County Bar’s Above and Beyond award. Martinez also brings pro bono leadership to the Alliance for International Reforestation, Inc., an international organization dedicated to reforestation in poverty stricken areas of Guatemala and Nicaragua.  She has been recognized multiple times for her leadership throughout the region.

Shuffield, Lowman & Wilson, P.A. offices are located in downtown Orlando in the Gateway Center building and in downtown Tavares, DeLand and Daytona Beach.  The firm is a 31-attorney, full service, business law firm, practicing in the areas of corporate law, securities, banking and finance, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, land use and government law, real estate, commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment, estate planning and probate, guardianship and elder law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, patent licensing, trademarks and copyrights, tax advice and controversy, non-profit organization law, planning for high net worth families with closely held businesses and environmental law.