MIAMI -- To
everyone who knew Steven Cantor, a prominent Miami attorney specializing in
international and domestic tax planning and who was the founder of the Cantor Group,
his untimely death Oct. 12 came as a shock.
to an Oct. 14 Miami Herald
article, Cantor was found deceased on the third floor roof of the parking
garage at his office building in Miami. The police report stated that Cantor fell
from the 14th floor. To date, there has been no further information about
how the fall happened.
The Miami Herald article reported that his
long and dedicated career started in 1984 when Cantor started his law practice.
He also lectured and wrote extensively on international tax and estate
planning, as well as the structuring of foreign investment in United States
recently called the growth of Miami as an ‘international financial center’ a
highlight of his career,” the Miami Herald said.
He founded the Cantor Group, which is comprised of highly skilled international tax attorneys involved with tax,
estate planning, wealth preservation, real property and commercial matters.
a tremendously dynamic person who was wholeheartedly dedicated to his business,
family and friends,” said Grace Lopez, chief operating officer of the Cantor
Group, in an email to the Miami Herald.
“His sudden passing has shocked all of us who loved him and worked with him. He
touched the lives of many all over the world.”
to his Cantor Group biography, Cantor earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from
the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and his law degree from the George
Washington University School of Law in 1975. He earned his master’s of law in
taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1976.
Cantor joined STEP in 1994, an organization that aids families in estate
planning, and soon founded the STEP Miami branch, the first STEP branch in the
United States,” his bio said. “He also founded the STEP Caribbean Conference
and was an early advocate for forming the STEP Panama branch. In 2011, he was
honored for his achievements with the organization’s Founder’s Award.”
In a STEP 60-second interview held Oct. 14, 2015, Cantor explained that his career highlight was starting his
practice while building great friendships and watching Miami grow into an
international financial center.
In an Oct. 18 Latinvex
article, they offered an homage to Cantor with several colleagues who had fond memories of working with him.
“Cantor was considered one of the top legal advisors for high net worth individuals in Latin
America in international tax and estate planning and repeatedly ranked by Latinvex as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,” the article said.
The Latinvex’s article also said the Cantor Group business
will continue with its partners Kathryn
von Matthiessen, Arthur J.
Dichter and Sarah
Jacobson. Cantor is survived by his wife and two sisters.