Vitauts M. (‘Vit’) Gulbis

Business and Tax Law
Trusts & Estates

Vit Gulbis brings an emphasis in tax and business planning to his representation of closely-held businesses and professional practices. His practice integrates the personal and estate tax planning concerns of business owners with business planning.  He has represented closely-held businesses throughout their life cycle. He is experienced in the corporate governance and financial concerns of small businesses, and regularly represents clients in their merger and acquisition and financing transactions. In addition, Vit regularly represents tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, in their organization, operation and mergers or reorganizations.


  • Business Transactions
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning & Trusts
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Estate & Family Wealth Planning
  • Foundations & Other Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity
  • Pass-Through Taxation
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Wealth Planning and Preservation


  • The Florida Bar, Tax Section, Member
  • The New York State Bar, Member
  • The Tennessee Bar
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Tax Law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section and Business Law Section
  • First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (Tampa Bay Chapter)
  • Association for Corporate Growth (Tampa Chapter)


  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1989
  • M.B.A., University of Rochester, 1984; Finance, Corporate Accounting
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1980; cum laude, Minnesota Law Review, Research Editor
  • B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 1977; Philosophy, with honors


  • Akerman's Guide to Doing Business in Florida: A Legal Guide for Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses, Author, "Not for Profit Entities," "Business Regulations," and "Florida State Taxation," 2013 and 2016
  • Practical Tax Strategies, Author, "Taxation of Earn-out Payments in Taxable Acquisitions," 2011
    National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Critical Legal Issues for Exempt Organizations in Florida," 2005
  • National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Limited Liability Companies in Florida," 2004
  • National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Counseling the Small Business Client in Florida," 2001
  • National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Considerations in Buying or Selling a Business in Florida," 2000
  • National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Florida Sales and Use Tax Update," 2000-2001
  • Minnesota Law Review, Editor, 1978 and Research Editor, 1979

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