William McEachern Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who
Mr. McEachern has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of law and fiction
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL, August 23, 2019, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present William McEachern with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. McEachern celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his fields. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.
Mr. McEachern attended Duke University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. While working in trust banking, he found himself drawn to law, and took the LSAT, attaining an exceptional score. An acquaintance suggested Fordham University School of Law, where he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1977. Mr. McEachern subsequently graduated with a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University in 1981.
Previously, Mr. McEachern served as a Trust Administrator for Chemical Bank of New York City from 1972 to 1974. Later, as Vice President and Trust Officer, he headed both the Corporate and Personal Trust Departments of the United Americas Bank from 1977 to 1979. Later, he became a Trust Officer at the Bankers Trust Company from 1979 to 1980. He was admitted to practice law by the New York State Bar Association in 1978, and the Florida Bar in 1981, and became Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law in 1986. From 1981 to 1987, Mr. McEachern found success as an associate at Gunster, Yoakley, Criser, and Stewart of Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. McEachern has published numerous law articles, as well as several legal treatises for such distinguished publishers as Prentice Hall, Geo. Bissell, Lawyers Cooperative, and Thompson-West Publishers. He has lectured extensively for the Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, and numerous estate planning councils and charities.
Mr. McEachern excelled as a partner at Quarles & Brady, West Palm Beach, Florida. Later, he became a partner in Shutts & Bowen, a position he held until 2007. He was the President of both the Tax Planning and the Estate Planning Councils of Palm Beach, as well as being a contributor and a former editor of the Florida Bar Journal. His first article published in the Florida Bar Journal won first prize for 1981. He was exemplary in his service to the Florida Bar, chairing several committees.
Active in philanthropy, he volunteered much of his time and served as President of many charitable boards and foundations.
Mr. McEachern is most proud of his efforts to creatively apply the tax law to his clients’ situations in order to save them money, yet still enabling them to donate large amounts to charities. For example, due to his efforts, his client, Dora Bak, made the single largest donation to a single public school in the United States, creating the Bak Middle School of the Arts. The School Board of Palm Beach County awarded Mr. McEachern their Gold Medal Partner in Education Award, making him their Man of the Year in 2003.
Besides his practice of law, he actively writes fiction, and has published several novels, including “Casting Lots”, a novel dealing with the Roman Empire at the dawn of Christianity, in 2014, a series following a Scottish family, beginning with “Caledonia: A Song of Scotland” dealing with the Uprising of 1745, “New Caledonia: A Song of America”, following the same family over to Colonial America during the era of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, and “Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy”, in which the family loses everything during the Civil War. His latest novel, “The Life of Levi”, a sequel to “Casting Lots”, will be published in 2019. Notably, Mr. McEachern was a finalist for the Best Historical Novel Award in 2017 for “New Caledonia: A Song of America” and also again in 2018 for “Caledonia Lost: The Fall of the Confederacy”. His novels have been critically acclaimed and have won 4 stars out of 4 stars rating by the Online Book Club.
Married since 1987, Mr. McEachern lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife. He is the father of three grown children and has one grandchild.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, William McEachern has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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