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Work with the Best: Private Client Services

Proskauer’s the place to be for new and junior lawyers in private client services.

  • We’re known for our creativity in finding solutions for clients.
  • Partners are among the top lawyers in the field.
  • Partners are very supportive of associate development.
  • Associates work directly with partners on substantive matters.
  • Associates have client contact very early on.
  • Associates create and host events to network with referral sources and potential future clients.
  • Partners support speaking, writing and involvement in local and national bar associations.

What makes us different?

Best in class. Leading legal and industry publications have singled out our practice and lawyers as  among the best in the business. U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" named Proskauer its 2014 “Law Firm of the Year” in Litigation –Trusts & Estates.

Self sufficient. We generate most of our own matters and revenues — unlike at most large firms, where private client service lawyers are “service” lawyers who derive matters and revenues from other practices.

Wide spectrum of clients. We’re trusted advisers to owners of public and private companies of all kinds, intellectual property owners, performing artists, executives, Internet entrepreneurs, art collectors and investors, professionals and real estate developers, among others.

Comprehensive and global. We represent clients holistically across all of their estate-related
needs and seamlessly serve clients with assets nearly anywhere in the world.

Diverse asset capabilities. In addition to traditional assets such as cash, securities and real estate, we plan for works of art, closely held businesses, intellectual property rights, private equity interests, private investment funds, digital assets and sports franchises. We’re also one of the first practices with experience in planning with bitcoins.

Intellectual firepower. Team members teach and lecture at numerous universities and companies; are frequently sought after for speaking engagements across the country; serve as adjunct professors at some of the most reputable law schools; author and edit articles and books; comment on proposed legislation; and serve as expert witnesses. Most have a masters degree in tax law.

Areas of focus

  • Estate and gift planning
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Fiduciary litigation

A record of recognition

The Private Client Services Group and its individual lawyers consistently earn recognition for their achievements, and have done so for many years. Several lawyers are Fellows of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. And leading legal and industry publications — Chambers USA, U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” The Best Lawyers in America, Worth, Citywealth Leaders List — have singled out the team and its members as among the best in the business.

Key representations

Our ability to maintain client confidentiality is at least as important as the effectiveness of our work. We don’t disclose the identities of most clients accordingly.

American radio personality Casey Kasem's children in their bid for conservatorship over their father

The Keith Haring Foundation, Inc. in preventing the display of fake Keith Haring artworks in an art exhibit

An owner of a professional sports franchise in pre-sale estate planning valued at $200 million

Estates of artists and musicians including George Balanchine and Leonard Bernstein in ongoing representation

A client in a private-letter ruling permitting $300 million of trust assets — that would otherwise have been subject to estate tax now — to pass for two more generations without the imposition of transfer taxes

A client regarding the restructuring of a series of family trusts in Delaware and New York valued in excess of $1 billion

A client in a sophisticated $3 billion multijurisdictional planning involving the restructuring of irrevocable trusts when traditional techniques were unavailable

A client in the sale, restructuring and estate and gift tax planning for a closely held family business valued at $700 million

A large trust company in its capacity as a personal representative of a large estate in a litigation involving testamentary instruments

High-net-worth individuals from institutions such as JPMorgan, U.S. Trust, Bessemer Trust and Northern Trust