Devitt, Thistle, & Lorenzo is a boutique law firm specializing in estate planning, probate and trust administration, and real estate law. Located in the heart of downtown Delray Beach, east off Atlantic Avenue, the firm has been serving the residents of Palm Beach County for over 95 years and has worked hard to develop the reputation it has earned. To learn more, please feel free to call us at the number on our contact page.
In 1966, our founding partner, C. Y. Byrd, a graduate of the University of Florida, started the law firm that has continuously operated to this day. He was very active in the community having served as both a city councilman and as a Palm Beach County commissioner for eighteen years.
In 1946, Rhea Whitley, a graduate of Washington and Lee Law School, joined the firm which then became known as Byrd & Whitley. Mr. Whitley was formerly a special agent with the FBI in charge of the Bonnie & Clyde case, the criminal prosecutor of Governor Huey Long, the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and later as the first special counsel for the UnAmerican Activities Committee of the U.S. Congress.
In 1966, Fred B. Devitt, Jr., a graduate of the College of William and Mary, also joined the firm which became known as Byrd, Whitley & Devitt, P.A. Mr. Devitt worked as a Trust Officer and then Director for what is now known as SunTrust for 38 years. Currently he serves as a Trustee of the Bethesda Healthcare System since first elected in 1994.
In 1984, J. Jeffrey Thistle, a graduate of Nova University, joined the firm which became known as Byrd, Devitt & Thistle, P.A. Mr. Thistle spent many years as a Director with the Chamber of Commerce and as a Trustee of Gulf Stream School.
In 1988, Mr. Devitt’s son, Fred B. Devitt III a/k/a Fritz, a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, joined the firm which became known as Devitt, Thistle & Devitt, P.A. He is board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates. He was President of the Delray Beach Historical Society and served as a Commissioner for the Town of Gulfstream for 17 years.
In 2015, Jose L. Lorenzo, a graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, merged his practice with the firm which is now known as Devitt, Thistle & Lorenzo, PLLC. Mr. Lorenzo worked in the South Florida banking industry serving a large international and professional clientele base of developers, builders, single family home purchasers, and commercial properties with an emphasis on the luxury and waterfront markets. He enjoys presenting seminars for continuing education programs.
In 2018, Cole S. Devitt, a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, joined the firm. After being sworn in at the Fourth District Court of Appeals in October of that year, he immediately started practicing following in both his father and his grandfather’s footsteps.
1923 - BYRD & PORTER
1946 - BYRD & WHITLEY
1969 - BYRD, WHITLEY, BYRD & DEVITT, P.A.
1973 - BYRD, DEVITT, OTTO & McKEY, P.A.
1978 - BYRD, DEVITT & OTTO, P.A.
1984 - BYRD, DEVITT, OTTO & THISTLE, P.A.
1986 - DEVITT & THISTLE, P.A.
1995 - DEVITT, THISTLE & DEVITT, P.A.
2015 - DEVITT, THISTLE & LORENZO, PLLC
Areas of Practice
We are a small boutique law firm, providing experience, client-centered legal services in estate planning, trust and probate administration, real estate, and business law.
PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION
TRUST BENEFICIARY REPRESENTATION
SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR FAMILY REAL ESTATE
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Devitt, Thistle & Lorenzo, PLLC
30 Southeast 4th Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33483