Patrick M. Whitehead, JD, LL.M

Patrick is an attorney focusing on estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship issues, and non-profit counsel. He is the managing shareholder and founder of Whitehead Law Offices and is the current general counsel to Palm Beach Atlantic University.  
Patrick counsels high net worth individuals in all aspects of effective estate planning, asset transfer, and tax planning. Additionally, he has extensive experience in setting up non-profit entities for his clients.



  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1997
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1996
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1993

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration
  • Guardianship

Bar Admissions

  • Florida Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section; Florida Bar 
  • Tax Section; Florida Bar 
  • East Coast Estate Planning Council 
  • Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council
  • Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County

Awards and Accolades



  • Senior Research Editor, Florida Law Review

Seminars and Presentations

  • “Estate Planning Update” Raymond James 2012 
  • "Copyright Issues for Faculty," Seminole Community College, 2008 
  • "Under Attack: Partial Property Tax Exemptions for Educational Institutions," Florida Bar Education Law Committee, 2007 
  • "Attorney General Opinion 2007-20," Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida-Presidents' Retreat, 2007
  • "Regulatory Alphabet, Risk Management Conference for Law School Administrators," Stetson College of Law, 2007
  • "Integrating Retirement Plans into the Estate Planning Process," Lorman Education Services, 2001


  • "Under Attack: Partial Property Tax Exemptions for Educational Institutions," 6 Educ. L.J. 4-6 (2007)
  • Editor of Education Law Journal; Florida Bar

Civic and Community Service

  • Director, Area Agency on Aging 
  • Past Director, Urban Youth Impact
  • Past Director, Junior Achievement
  • Past Director, Strategic Cultural Initiatives
  • Past Director, Gulfstream Goodwill Foundation 


Patrick is married to Jessica Lynn McKay. They are the proud parents of “Bentley”, a four year old Boston Terrier. Patrick has been living in Florida for close to three decades. Previously, he was an attorney with the Gunster Law Firm, Jones Foster, and is currently general counsel for Palm Beach Atlantic University. When not helping clients, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, friends and family. His hobbies include snorkeling, shelling, cycling, electronics, lapidary and sculpting.

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