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Mr. Swanger has extensive experience in assisting U.S. and non-U.S. clients with the design and implementation of traditional and more sophisticated estate planning and asset protection strategies. This includes the preparation and implementation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, disability documents, marital property agreements, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies for business succession planning, as well as beneficiary designations necessary to coordinate a client’s life insurance and retirement assets with his or her overall plan. Mr. Swanger has worked extensively with individual and corporate executors and trustees, advising them with respect to the tax and non-tax issues associated with the administration of estates and trusts, and is experienced in the judicial construction, reformation, modification, and termination of trusts. Mr. Swanger also has substantial experience in advising clients about charitable giving issues and about the creation of tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, and private operating foundations. Mr. Swanger is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council, serves as a legal advisor to the Ballet Austin Foundation, and is an active member of various other professional and civic organizations. Mr. Swanger graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1984 after receiving his B.B.A. in Accounting, with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
  2. Probate: 15%
  3. Tax: 10%

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Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP

100 Congress Avenue
Suite 1440
Austin, TX, 78701-4042


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Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Austin Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
BNA Tax Management PortfolioThe Mobile Client: Tax, Community Property, and Other Considerations2004
ACTEC NotesOffshore Life Insurance Planning for U.S. Clients2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1984
University of Texas System, AustinAccountingB.B.A.1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Advanced Estate Planning Strategies CourseCharitable Giving Techniques Revisited: What Opportunities Am I Missing and What Potholes Should I Avoid?2002
ABA Section of Taxation, Estate & Gift Taxes CommitteeEstate Planning With Income in Respect of a Decedent2001
ABA Section of Taxation 2001 Midyear Meeting, Estate and Gift Taxes CommitteeTransfer Tax Simplification2001