Eduardo Arista, Esq
Eduardo Arista, Esq.

Holland & Knight LLP
701 Brickell Ave, Unit 3300
Miami, FL 33131


Eduardo Arista, Esq.

Ed Arista is a bilingual Attorney and CPA with over 25 years of experience helping American and multinational families and private companies reduce their tax burden, protect their assets and businesses from legal risks and prepare for the eventual transfer of their wealth. As a partner at Holland & Knight, Ed routinely serves as outside general counsel for his clients and can provide comprehensive representation in virtually any legal matter working with more than 2,200 attorneys practicing in over 250 areas of law in 34 offices throughout the United States and abroad.

– Well known in the private client space and routinely recommended by major financial institutions and professional firms both nationally and internationally. His native, professional Spanish fluency and extensive international travel equip him to work more effectively with his foreign clients and their local counsel, drawing on a large and well-established network of professionals throughout Latin America, Spain and beyond.

– Substantial experience in a broad range of business matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, complex LLC operating agreements, and representing sellers and buyers of closely held businesses. Experience partnering with litigation counsel to help his clients resolve numerous business and family disputes.

– As an Attorney-CPA, he is intimately familiar with the most complex, international, income and estate tax forms and filing requirements, and he has assisted numerous clients in identifying and resolving their tax non-compliance by taking advantage of the various IRS tax amnesty programs.

– Worked for a U.S. Tax Court Judge and at large and small law and accounting firms, including Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) International Tax Services group. Completed an in-house stint as General Counsel and CFO of a technology start-up where he helped raise $15 million in venture capital and ramp up operations in preparation for acquisition by a public company. Mr. Arista also served in leadership roles and remains active in several community and professional associations. Taught Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation for more than a decade at the Florida International University graduate tax program, earning “Most Outstanding Professor” multiple times. Authored numerous publications and lectures frequently at local and international seminars for attorneys, accountants, bankers and businesspeople, both in English and Spanish.

Practice Areas

International Private Client
Business Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estate Planning


University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor
Florida International University, Bachelor of Accounting

Admission to Practice

District of Columbia
All Florida State Courts
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


Fluent in English and Spanish