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Mr. Ripp represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures, including the tax planning and compliance aspects of such structures. A significant portion of his practice involves advice regarding mechanisms for deploying leverage in the acquisition or monetization of assets, including real estate. In addition, he counsels major financial institutions and boutique financial service providers on matters of interest to the ultra high net worth marketplace, including advice to hedge fund and fund of funds managers regarding the establishment and operation of insurance dedicated funds (IDFs), including an IDF’s legal and business relationships with domestic and international insurance carriers. Mr. Ripp’s practice also includes counseling fiduciaries with respect to the administration of trusts and estates, and he is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Ripp is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Mr. Ripp graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1997 after receiving his B.B.A. in Business Analysis (Management Information Systems) from Texas A&M University in 1994.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Insurance: 30%
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Tax: 10%

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Contact info

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP

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


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2010
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
ListedBest Lawyers in America2009
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2008
ListedBest Lawyers in America2008
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A
Texas Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Austin Bar Association, Business, Corporate, and Tax Law SectionMemberN/A
College of the State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning SectionTreasurer2004 - 2005
Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning SectionDirector2001 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
BNA Tax Management PortfolioUsing Life Insurance and Annuities in U.S. Tax Planning for Foreign Clients2010
STEP JournalAn Elegant Solution2010
Twelfth Annual Wills & Probate Institute, University of Houston Law FoundationWhat Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Intellectual Property1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1997
Texas A&M UniversityBusiness AnalysisB.B.A1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IIR's 7th Annual Event: Alternative Investing Through Life Insurance and AnnuitiesApplying the Toolkit: Applications and Case Studies of Successful Use of Asset Protection in the PPLI context2009
IIR's 6th Annual Event: Alternative Investing Through Life Insurance and AnnuitiesSolidify Market Understanding Through Comprehensive Q&A with Seasoned IDF Managers2008
IIR's 5th Annual Event: Alternative Investing Through Life Insurance and AnnuitiesTrend Focus: Are Annuities Gaining Ground on Life Insurance2007
Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education Conference Advanced Estate Planning and Probate CourseEstate Planning Opportunities with Private Placement Life Insurance2006
IIR's 4th Annual Event: Hedge Fund InvestingLife Insurance and Annuity Basics: Product, Tax and Regulatory Issues2006
IBC’s 3rd Annual National Event: Hedge Fund Investing through Life Insurance and AnnuitiesLife Insurance and Annuity Basics: Product, Tax and Regulatory Issues2005
FRA’s 3rd Annual Event: Insurance & Annuity-Based Hedge Fund Investing ForumBack to Basics: Revisit the Fundamentals and Convergence of Hedge Funds, PPLI & Annuities2005
Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, State Bar of TexasNuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate2004
Business & Professional Women’s Organization – Austin/Capitol City ChapterEstate and Disability Planning: The Basics2002
National Business Institute’s Institute for Paralegal EducationBasic Estate Administration for the Texas Paralegal2001
Advanced Trust School, Texas Bankers AssociationTax, Fiduciary, and Other Issues Regarding Financial Powers of Attorney2000