R. COLEN was born in Toledo, Ohio, where he attended local
schools through high school graduation. He then attended The
Ohio State University where he obtained a B.A. degree in
history. Following his graduation from Ohio State he enrolled
in The University of Texas School of Law from which he graduated
in 1966 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Colen came to
Florida in 1967. He is presently a member of the Florida, Ohio
and Texas Bar Association. However, he confines his law
practice to the State of Florida. He is also licensed to
practice before the United States District Court for the Middle
District of Florida and before the United States Eleventh
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Colen served as City Attorney for the City of St. Pete
Beach, Florida for approximately 25 years. During that time, he
was involved in innumerable different legal matters including
First Amendment issues, labor and employment grievances, sexual
discrimination issues, civil rights, zoning and planning,
constitutional law issues, entertainment law and also the
preparation and drafting of ordinances and resolutions.
Presently, Mr. Colen is the District Legal Counsel to four
separate community development districts located within Marion
County, Florida. In his role as district legal counsel, he
provides advice and opinions on a diverse range of governmental
and local special district issues.
Mr. Colen has authored news articles for local condominium
newspapers on wills, trusts, elder law, probate, Medicaid
matters and real estate and title insurance. He is a member of
the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of
Florida Elder Law Attorneys. He concentrates his practice of
law in the areas of elder law, asset protection planning for
individuals and business owners, special local government
issues, real property and title insurance law, simple and
complex estate planning, wills, trusts and probate.