Stephen J. Putnoki-Higgins is a senior associate in the Tampa office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Private Client Services Practice Group.

Stephen regularly represents individuals and families and helps them manage their wealth in a tax-efficient manner. He advises clients in the areas of estate and tax planning, primarily in income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxation.

Stephen assists clients on all aspects of wealth transmission, including lifetime gifting strategies, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, and the management and succession of closely-held businesses. In addition, he advises tax-exempt organizations regarding compliance, structuring, operations and governance.

Stephen is admitted to practice in Florida, Connecticut and New York.



  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. Taxation, 2011
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2010
    • Tax Certificate
    • CALI Award for Excellence
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., History and Political Science, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York
  • Connecticut

Professional and Civic

  • The Connecticut Bar Association
    • Estates and Probate Section
    • Tax Section
  • The Florida Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • The New York Bar Association
    • Trusts & Estates Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
    • Tax Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Volunteer, Wills for Heroes pro bono project
    • Tax Law Section
    • Real Property, Probate & Trust Section

News & Insights


  • Presenter, “2016 Ullman Year in Review: Estate & Gift Tax Update,” Florida Bar Tax Section Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, Florida, 2016


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