My goal is to continue practicing law for as long as I continue to enjoy it. Some of my greatest pleasures are in counseling clients regarding their business and personal affairs where I often am able to solve important problems for clients. In the event I do not have the expertise for solving their problems, most often I am able to guide them to one or more appropriate persons who can do so.
There is not a single label for my law practice. My law practice consists of business transactions, tax planning and resolution of tax disputes, estate planning and probate. In that context I prepare and review numerous contracts ranging from pre-nuptial agreements to real estate purchases and sales, business purchases and sales, financing, leases, franchise documents and others. In both the business transaction context and in estate planning, I may form, restructure or dissolve entities, prepare trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and other business, estate planning and tax planning documents.
Assisting clients in the administration of the estate of a deceased loved one often involves many areas of law including those noted above. Likewise, assisting people with conservatorships and guardianships of people who have become disabled or unable to manage their own affairs is sometimes an appropriate or necessary undertaking.
Building long lasting professional relationships with clients has provided me with wonderful personal and professional rewards
Licensed since 1969
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Partner||Leibowitz & Cohen||1985 - 2010|
|Partner||Bernstein, Susano, Stair & Cohen||1969 - 1985|
|Attorney-Adviser||U.S. Tax Court||1967 - 1969|
|law clerk||United States Court Of Federal Claims||1966 - 1967|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Knoxville Bar Foundation||Member||2009 - Present|
|Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court||Emeritus Member||2005 - Present|
|Knoxville Bar Association||member||1970 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association, Tax Law Section||member||1970 - Present|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws (Tax)||1970|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1966|
|University of Pennsylvania||Wharton School of Finance and Commerce||Bachelor of Science (Economics)||1963|
|Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish||Ethics; Advising on Operational Issues.||2012|
|Drafting LLC Agreements||Limited Liability Companies||2007|
|Trusts in estate planning||Drafting trusts||2003|