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J.D., University of Minnesota Law School (magna cum laude)
B.S., University of Maryland

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Eric C. Boughman

Litigation, Technology, Asset Protection

Eric Boughman’s practice encompasses a wide range of business disputes, corporate governance matters, internet, software, and technology issues, real estate matters, and asset protection. Eric also manages the firm's expansive multi-state and international asset recovery and defense practice.

Eric has broad analytical experience regarding the pursuit and retention of tangible and digital assets. He has represented clients ranging from multinational corporations to local business owners in all phases of the legal dispute process, including mediation, arbitration, administrative tax and licensing proceedings, trials, and appeals. Eric has also served as general counsel to an off-shore technology company and regularly counsels tech companies, both foreign and domestic. In recent years, he has become deeply involved in issues dealing with internet licensing and copyright concerns, software and cloud-based systems, internet defamation, and other technical issues that affect clients doing business in cyberspace.

Eric has been admitted to practice law in Florida and Nevada, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court, and pro hac vice for matters in other U.S. States. Eric also volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem with the Orange County Legal Aid Society. He is rated AV – Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and regularly publishes articles and makes presentations in the areas of asset protection, real estate, and technology.

 

Eric graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School where, prior to graduation, he argued before the Minnesota Supreme Court as a Moot Court finalist. He also served as a Moot Court program Managing Director and was a student editor for the Minnesota Practice Series Business Law Deskbook. Eric earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. His duty included tours in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Eric is a member of the Florida Bar, Nevada Bar, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Orange and Seminole County Bar Associations, and the Central Florida Real Estate Attorneys Council. He remains active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary and also as the 2015-2016 District Communications Officer for Rotary District 6980. He volunteers with Franklin’s Friends, a local animal welfare organization, and The Hero Games, a local event benefiting the Wheelchair Foundation.

 

Eric lives with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Peyton, in Longwood, Florida, along with their faithful and playful dogs, Kadin and Chloe. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor sporting adventures, including various water sports, skydiving, mountain biking, and running.

Conference Name   Title   Date
Orange Co. Bar Assn.   Professionalism and Ethics in the Use of Technology in the Law   Feb. 28, 2018
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection:  The Wrap-Up (Summary & Review)   Feb. 22, 2018
Orange Co. Bar Assn.   Asset Protection with Crypto-Currencies and Foreign Trusts   Feb. 13, 2018
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Central Florida   28th Annual Symposium:  Recent Trends in Domestic Asset Protection Planning   Jan. 30, 2018
ABA Business Law Section, Cyberspace Subcommittee (Atlanta)   Intelligent Eavesdropping: Privacy and Legal Issues Raised by Digital Personal Assistants and Artificial Intelligence Devices Connected to the Internet of Things   Jan. 27, 2018
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 11) Don't Invite Others to the Party   Jan. 25, 2018
National Business Institute   Protecting Assets with LLCs   Jan. 16, 2018
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 10) Bankruptcy is Not a (Good) Option   Nov. 30, 2017
Orange Co. Bar Assn. Estate, Guardianship & Trust Law Committee   Asset Protection with Crypto-Currencies and Foreign Trusts   Nov. 2, 2017
Orange Co. Bar Assn. Estate, Guardianship & Trust Law Committee   Asset Protection Update-2017   Nov. 2, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 9) Know Who (And How) to Trust   Oct. 26, 2017
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Central Florida   The Eleven Commandments of Asset Protection - Part 2   Oct. 17, 2017
ABA Business Law Section, Cyberspace Subcommittee (Chicago)   Cyberspace Law; Program: Intelligent Eavesdropping - Legal Issues Raised by Digital Personal Assistants and Artificial Intelligence Devices Connected to the Internet of Things   Sept. 16, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 8) Planning Need Not Be Complicated   Aug. 24, 2017
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Central Florida   The Eleven Commandments of Asset Protection - Part 1   Aug. 15, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection - 7) If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is.   July 27, 2017
National Business Institute   Business Law Boot Camp   July 24, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze       11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 6) Know Your Enemy (Government Agencies, Turnover Orders, and Contempt)    June 22, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 5) Choose the Terrain (Where You Plan Matters)   May 25, 2017
NBI Live Teleconference   Protecting Assets From Creditors   May 16, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 4) Don’t Be Greedy (Valuation Concerns in Asset Protection   Apr. 27, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection – 3) Avoid “Late Stage” Transfers   Mar. 30, 2017
FBL Legal Eeze   11 Commandments of Asset Protection   2017
National Business Institute   Ethical Considerations   2016
Orange County Bar Association   In Resolving Title Issues   2016
Orange County Bar Assn. Professionalism Panel   Orange County Rules of Professionalism   2016
What You Need To Know For Your Estate Planning Practice   Asset Protection Update-2016   2016
National Business Institute.   Protecting Assets with LLCs   2016
FICPA Breakfast Seminar   Asset Protection with LLCs   2016
FBL Legal Eeze   Self-Settled Trusts - Keys to Effectiveness   2016
FBL Legal Eeze   Emerging Issues In Asset Protection   2016
FBL Legal Eeze   Overview of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act for Non-Lawyers   2016
Estate, Guardianship and Trust Committee Meeting   An Overview of the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act   2016
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism   Professionalism in Social Media   2016
National Business Institute   Ethical Considerations in Evidence   2015
Pension Investors CPE Seminar   Valuation Issues in Asset Protection   2015
Orange County Bar Association Trust and Estates Committee   Morality, Ethics, and Professionalism in Asset Protection   2015
Orange County Bar Association   Professionalism in Discovery Seminar: Advanced Techniques to Create and Follow an Ethical Roadmap to Litigation Success   2015
National Business Institute   Quiet Title Actions in Florida Seminar   2015
FAMU Orientation Professionalism Program   Professionalism Plenary Panel   2015
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism   Professionalism and Mentoring   2015
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism   Professionalism in the Use of Social Media   2015
Accounting CPE   What You Don't Know About Asset Protection Can Hurt You   2015
National Business Institute   Curing Title Issues   2014
Orange County Bar Trust and Estates Committee   Asset Protection and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Fraudulent Transfers   2014
Barry Law School Pizza and Professionalism   Professionalism and Time Management   2014
2014 Annual CPE Seminar   Asset Protection   2014

Eric's Published Articles

  • Asset Protection: The Role of Valuation in Assessing Fraudulent Transfer Exposure

    Article Written for : Florida Bar Journal

    by Eric Boughman and Gary Forster

    An often overlooked, but essential component of asset-protection planning is making a careful assessment of a client’s financial status. Although timing is generally considered the most critical element of asset protection, due consideration must be given to both the value of assets exchanged and the effect of plan implementation on one’s balance sheet.

    Read more...
  • Privacy Considerations Raised by Artificially Intelligent Digital Assistants

    Article Written for: Daily Business Review's Board of Contributors

    It has been said that the term “eavesdropper” evolved from those who stood under the eaves of a house to surreptitiously listen to the goings-on inside. In this age of digital advancement, we now invite eavesdroppers into our homes and offices in the form of artificially intelligent digital assistants. While devices like the Google Home, Apple’s Siri and the Amazon Echo offer great convenience and enjoyment, there are privacy trade-offs; and some are less obvious than others.

    Read more...
  • Alexa, Is BLUSTARR A Good Buy Right Now?

    Article Written for: Financial Advisor Magazine

    Devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home and the forthcoming Apple Homepod are bringing artificial intelligence to the masses. They offer the potential to increase our efficiency by managing our calendar, contacts and to-do lists. With a simple verbal command, they can bring us customized news briefings and stock market reports and even brighten us up with music and jokes. I am a fan, but if you decide to invite one of these devices into your daily routine, you need to understand the privacy implications.

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  • Digital Assistants Create Privacy Paradox

    Article Written for: Law360.com

    Americans place a high value on privacy, dating back to the foundation of our country and the Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our “persons, houses, papers, and effects.” Interestingly, the word “privacy” is not found in the Fourth Amendment. Over time and through legal battles, however, courts have come to recognize a fundamental “zone of privacy” contained within the “penumbra” of rights protected by the Constitution.[1] Now, with advances in artificially intelligent devices and machine learning, individuals willingly sacrifice that hard-fought privacy in return for the many conveniences offered by “smart” digital assistants.

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  • Is There An Echo In Here? What You Need To Consider About Privacy Protection

    Article Written for: Forbes.com

    If you have an Amazon Echo, try this: Say, "Alexa, tell me a joke," but do it very quickly so that you finish the request before Alexa "wakes up" (indicated on the Echo by the blue light). Did you notice that Alexa dutifully complied, seemingly catching the request before she (it?) was awake? There is a simple explanation for this: Alexa (like other artificially intelligent digital assistants) is always listening. Indeed, Alexa starts recording "a fraction of a second” before the wake word. Google Home listens to snippets of conversations to detect the "hotword."

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  • “Alexa, Do You Have Rights?”: Legal Issues Posed by Voice-Controlled Devices and the Data They Create

    Article Written for: American Bar Association’s Business Law Today
    The decision to use voice-controlled digital assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and the Google Assistant, may present a Faustian bargain. While these technologies offer great potential for improving quality of life, they also expose users to privacy risks by perpetually listening for voice data and transmitting it to third parties.

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  • Cryptocurrencies As Legitimate Asset Protection Tools

    Article Written for: Forbes.com
    Despite some misconceptions, using bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies for asset protection in connection with offshore planning may be an effective strategy. A crucial facet to using foreign trusts to protect wealth is ensuring that the trustee and trust assets remain outside of any jurisdiction where the grantor might be sued. Some U.S. states may find the concept of self-settled trusts anathema to public policy and thus choose to ignore the trust and treat the grantor/beneficiary as the de facto owner of trust assets.

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  • Practical Considerations For Using Self-Settled Trusts

    Article Written for : Forbes.com
    Is it any surprise that our new president, Donald Trump, may have strategically manipulated the tax code to avoid paying federal income tax? Mr. Trump calls this “smart,” and many in the same boat would agree. Similarly, sophisticated clients and advisors implement legal tactics to prudently preserve and protect wealth.

    One strategy growing in popularity is the “self-settled” trust for asset protection. Under traditional trust law, a grantor conveys assets to a trustee, for the benefit of someone else, such as his children. The gift “divides” ownership between so-called legal title and equitable title. The trustee may legally oversee the assets (pursuant to a trust agreement) benefitting beneficiaries (who have no control over trust assets). Once the assets are in trust, they are generally protected from future creditors of the grantor, trustee (with legal title), and beneficiaries (with equitable title).

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We cater to the professional, entrepreneur and investor seeking customized domestic and international asset protection strategies.

Our firm also analyzes potential exposure to individuals and businesses and provides strategies to insulate vulnerable assets.

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