White, Griffis & Littell, PLLC

Attorney Profiles
RICHARD M. WHITE
Location: Haile Village
Phone: 352.372.1011
Fax: 352.372.1023
Email: rmw@wgl-law.com

Richard White has been practicing law in Florida for over 47 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, his J.D. from Florida State University School of Law, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Miami in Estate Planning.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Trusts & Estates

Board Certified Legal Specialties

  • Wills, Trusts & Estates, Florida Bar

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1975

Education

  • University of Miami College of Law, Miami, Florida
    LL.M. (Estate Planning) – 1977
  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    J.D. – 1975
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    B.A. – 1972
    Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar, Member, 1975 – Present
  • Gainesville Estate Planning Council, Member and Past President, 1996 – Present
  • North Central Florida Community Foundation, former Director
  • Conservation Trust for Florida, Professional Advisory Board
  • Dade Community Foundation, Past Member, Professional Advisory Board
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council, 2005 – Present
  • WealthCounsel, Member
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Accredited Estate Planner

Past Employment Positions

  • White & Brown, P.A., Partner, 1975 – 1998
  • White & Crouch, P.A., Partner, 1998 – 2021

Languages

  • English
Virginia Ellen Griffis
Location: MetroCorp Center
Phone: 352.416.3468
Fax: 352.416.3469
Email: veg@wgl-law.com

Virginia Ellen Griffis is a sixth generation Floridian, raised in Macclenny, Baker County, Florida, and has lived in Gainesville since moving to complete her education in 1999.  She received her A.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Lake City Community College in 1998.  She then attended the University of Florida, where she received her B.A. degree, with honors, in 2001 and her J.D., cum laude, in 2004.  She has been an active member of the Florida Bar since 2004.  Prior to forming the law firm White, Griffis & Littell, PLLC, Ms. Griffis practiced law in North Central Florida for over 17 years with her colleagues at the Gainesville law firm of Scruggs, Carmichael & Wershow, PA, where she was a shareholder.

Virginia is a member of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (Board of Directors 2006-2008 and 2009-2010), the American Inns of Court, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Tax Law Section, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a past member of the North Central Florida Estate Planning Counsel (Board of Directors 2008-2011) and the North Florida Association of Real Estate Attorneys.  She also served on the Board of Directors for Girl’s Place, Inc. from 2012 to 2017, a local non-profit organization that has improved the lives of thousands of young girls in Alachua County for over 35 years.  Virginia has continued to donate her time providing pro bono legal assistance to Girl’s Place, Inc., in addition to many other pro bono clients.

Virginia focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, business planning, multi-generational real property title clearing, and business and asset sales.  She has represented business owners, landowners, beneficiaries, heirs, creditors, trustees, personal representatives, agents acting under durable powers of attorney, and guardians.  Virginia is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating attainable from one of the nation’s oldest and most trusted lawyer rating services.  When away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her large family, traveling with her friends, and many outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, and camping.

CHARLES W. (BILL) LITTELL
Location: MetroCorp Center
Phone: 352.416.3475
Fax: 352.416-3505
Email: cwl@wgl-law.com

Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his B.A. with honors from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in 1967. He received his J.D. with honors in 1973 from the University of Florida, where he was an Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review. Bill served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971. Bill is admitted to the Florida and Montana Bars, and he is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Charles W. (Bill) Littell graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, with honors in 1967.  After serving in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971, Bill attended law school at the University of Florida, again graduating with honors.  Bill began practice in West Palm Beach where he was a partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms as a member of its Trusts & Estates Group.  Bill moved Gainesville in 2003 to be near family. Bill is a member of The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Montana.

Bill has devoted his career to assisting clients in their estate planning and in the difficult circumstances following the death of a family member. He brings over 45 years of extensive experience in all aspects of estate planning–everything from simple wills to complex family business succession situations, irrevocable trusts for estate tax planning purposes, and resolution of estate tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service. Bill has represented personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries concerning their duties and rights, including complex disputes involving wills, trusts, and estates. Bill is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating attainable from one of the nation’s oldest and most trusted lawyer rating services.

Bill has wide ranging experience in drafting wills and trusts, tax planning for high-net-worth clients, and in the administration of estates and trusts.  He has represented numerous personal representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries in estate related litigation, including will and trust contests, removal and surcharge of personal representatives, breaches of fiduciary duty, and reformation and modification of trusts.  Bill advises clients concerning intergenerational transitions of family held businesses, asset protection, and represents clients in the purchase and sale of substantial family-owned businesses.

AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Family Business Transition Planning
  • Probate, Trust, and Fiduciary Litigation
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Florida, 1974
  • Montana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
EDUCATION
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida – J.D. – 1973 With Honors
  • Law Review: University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor
  • St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland, B.A. – 1968 With Honors
PUBLISHED DECISIONS
  • In Re: Estate of Elizabeth H. Hillyer, Deceased, 664 So. 2d 361, 4th DCA Fla. 1995
HONORS AND AWARDS
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • AV Preeminent-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
  • Eighth Judicial Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
PAST EMPLOYMENT
  • United States Air Force, 1968 – 1972
  • O’Connell & Cooper, P.A., Associate, 1974 – 1975
  • O’Connell, Cooper, Parrish & McBane, P.A., Shareholder, 1975 – 1982
  • Nova University College of Law, Adjunct Professor (Legal Writing), 1977 – 1978
  • Murphy, MacLaren, & Littell, P.A., Florida, Shareholder, 1982 – 1983
  • Charles W. Littell, P.A., Florida, Shareholder, 1983 – 1985
  • Quarles & Brady, LLP, Partner, 1985 – 1996
  • Holland & Knight, LLP, Partner, 1996 – 2003
  • Scruggs, Carmichael & Wershow, PA, Shareholder, 2003 – 2021
JOHN DICKHAUS
Location: MetroCorp Center
Phone: 352.416.3475
Fax: 352.416-3505
Email: jld@wgl-law.com

John practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business law, and wealth preservation planning.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, John attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School where he studied music. John moved to Gainesville in 2009 to attend the University of Florida, pursuing a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin and Leadership. After graduating cum laude from the University of Florida in December 2012, John moved to Washington D.C. where he worked for four years as a legislative clerk at the United States House of Representatives. Working full time during the day, John attended law school at the Catholic University of America’s part-time evening law division. While studying at Catholic, John was a proud member of the Catholic University of America’s Journal of Law and Technology. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor in May 2017, John was proud to receive the Columbus Award, “presented to the graduating student who best exemplified spirit, service, academic excellence, and extracurricular achievement . . . and who has fostered strong bonds of community.”

Mr. Dickhaus is admitted to the Florida Bar, and he is a member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Bar. In his personal life, John enjoys exercise, the outdoors, staying active in the Gainesville music community, cheering on the Florida Gators, following the Tampa Bay Rays through advanced sabermetric empirical analysis, and supporting the other Tampa Bay professional sports franchises.

Prior to his work with White, Griffis & Littell, PLLC, Mr. Dickhaus was employed as an attorney at the Gainesville law firms of Ossi Law Group (2017 to 2020) and Scruggs, Carmichael & Wershow, PA (2020 to 2021.)

Education
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2017
University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2012

Bar Admissions
Florida, 2017

Civic Activities
Knights of Columbus
Eighth Judicial Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division—Secretary
Gainesville Pops
Capella Nova Community Chorus
Take Stock In Children Student Mentor
Miss Gainesville Scholarship Competition—General Counsel
University of Florida Friends of Music—Board of Directors
Florida House on Capitol Hill—Board of Young Trustees

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